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Tuscan White Bean Pizza

Dish Type: Pizza


  • Dough:
  • 2 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Instant Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm Water
  • Toppings:
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 (15.5-ounce) can Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/3 cup water or vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons chopped Fresh Basil
  • 2 medium ripe Roma Tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices


To make the dough: In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and salt.  Stir in the water until combined, then use your hands to knead it into a soft dough.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until it is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, adding additional flour as needed so it doesn’t stick.  Shape the dough into a smooth ball and place in an oiled bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature in a warm spot until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

After the dough has risen, transfer it to a lightly floured work surface, punch it down, and gently stretch and lift it to make a 12-inch round about 1/4 inch thick.  Transfer the round to a floured baking sheet or pizza stone.  Let the dough rise in a draft-free place for 20 minutes.  Adjust the oven rack to the bottommost position of the oven.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

To make the topping: In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.  Add the beans, salt, and pepper.

Mash the beans to break them up, then stir in the water and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is creamy, about 8 minutes.  Stir in the basil and set aside.

To assemble the pizza, spread the bean mixture evenly on top of the dough round, to within 1/2 inch of the edge.  Arrange the tomato slices on top and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Bake until the crust is browned, 12 to 15 minutes.  Serve hot.

Splurge a little: Add sliced pitted kalamata olives when you add the tomatoes.  Garnish with thin strips of fresh basil leaves.

Reprinted with permission from  Vegan on the Cheap, by Robin Robertson

Read the blog post where this recipe originally appeared: Vegan White Bean Pizza Recipe

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