If your family tends to play it safe on pizza night, I’m here to shake up your dinner routine with this Vegan French Onion Pizza Recipe with Mushrooms and Thyme. The flavors are familiar, but just different enough to earn a spot on your “must make again” list. The biggest shocker? You won’t find any red sauce on this pizza. I’m typically wary of pizzas that don’t have a tomato component but this one totally changed my mind.
The most time consuming part of this recipe is caramelizing the onions, so let’s get that out of the way. Add your thinly sliced onion to a large skillet with oil and cook for about 30 to 40 minutes, until the onions are deep in color and super fragrant. If the onions start looking dry, add a spoonful of water to the skillet to keep them moist.
Rolling out pizza dough is a practice in patience. Keep at it until you achieve a shape that’s about 12 inches in diameter. It definitely does not have to be a perfect circle – mine sure wasn’t! Brush the dough with some oil and pre-bake it while the onion sautés on the stovetop.
With your crust ready to go, add a big spoonful of Plant Perks French Onion Dip to the middle and swirl it outwards to coat the entire crust. I strongly suggest reserving some French Onion Dip for serving.. Scatter the caramelized onions over the pizza and finish baking the crust all the way through. Top with sautéd mushrooms, a few dollops of French Onion Dip, and some fresh thyme leaves. I drizzled my pizza with a bit more olive oil for good measure. Oh, and a generous sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper – all the good stuff!
I am so curious to know how you like this French Onion Vegan Pizza Recipe with Mushrooms and Thyme. Take a photo and tag me on Instagram so I can see your creation!
French Onion Vegan Pizza with Mushrooms and Thyme
1 pound of pizza dough, homemade or store bought
Olive oil, for sautéing and drizzling
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
Sea salt and black pepper
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 package Plant Perks French Onion Dip
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1. Preheat your oven to 450F degrees. If you’re using a pizza stone, place it in the oven to preheat it. Set your pizza dough on a floured surface.
2. Pour the olive oil into a large skillet, enough to coat the bottom, and turn the stovetop to medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and stir to coat the slices in the oil. Sauté, stirring the onions occasionally, for 10 minutes. Sprinkle the onion with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and continue to sauté for 20 to 30 minutes more, until the onion is fragrant and golden.
3. Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-inch circle (or a shape resembling a circle) and transfer it to the preheated pizza stone. Brush the surface of the dough with olive oil and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until the crust is light golden. Remove the pizza stone from the oven and set it on your stovetop.
4. Spread a thin layer of Plant Perks French Onion Dip over the surface of the pizza crust, reserving a few spoonfuls for serving. Use tongs to distribute the caramelized onion on top of the pizza, then return the pizza to the oven to bake for 8 to 10 minutes more. When done, the crust should be golden brown and slightly crisp.
5. While the pizza cooks, sauté the mushrooms. Warm the same skillet you used to caramelize the onions over medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sliced mushrooms and season with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Sauté the mushrooms for 5 to 7 minutes, until slightly soft but not mushy.
6. Add dollops of Plant Perks French Onion Dip to the finished pizza, then spoon on the sautéd mushrooms. Drizzle the pizza with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves. Slice, serve, and enjoy warm.