Pizza Baguettes – with homemade pizza sauce 

Using bake at home baguettes makes for a simple but tasty take on a standard pizza recipe. Customise each one with what ever veggies and mock meats you like. Many vegan cheeses, at least here in the UK, are better melted. If you tried a cheese you didn’t like, try it melted and it’ll likely be a whole different taste.

If you want to use shop bought pizza sauce, skip down to the assembly part of this post

For the pizza sauce you’ll need;

  1. One 400g/14oz tin of tomatoes
  2. Two tablespoons of tomato puree
  3. One clove of garlic, chopped
  4. Three tablespoons of dairy free margarine
  5. One teaspoon of dried basil
  6. One teaspoon of dried oregano
  7. Salt and black pepper to taste

Method;

  • Heat one tablespoon of dairy free margarine in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add the tomato puree and garlic and cook for three or four minutes.
  • Next, add the chopped tomatoes and bring to a gentle simmer. Continue cooking for ten minutes, or until the mixture has reduced by about a third.
  • Remove from the heat and blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
  • Return to the heat, but reduce to medium low. Add the remaining dairy free margarine, herbs and season with salt and pepper.
  • Continue cooking for a further five minutes. Check for seasoning and set aside to cool.

 Assembling the pizza baguettes!

Method;

  • Cook the baguettes as per the instructions on the packet.
  • Slice in half once cool, add sauce, dairy free cheese and toppings of your choice.
  • Cook under the grill until the cheese has melted. 180°C/160ºC fan assisted/320ºF should be sufficient, you don’t want the grill too hot.
  • Leave to stand for two minutes before serving.

Tips;

I used the Sainsbury’s Free From cheese (found in larger branches of Sainsbury’s) and VBites pepperoni, you can get that from Holland and Barrett or online from Ocado.

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