Do you ever eat something at a restaurant and then dream about it? Hopefully I am not the only one. So, when I was in California back in January we were trying to find a plant based and gluten free place to eat in Venice but it was New Years eve so everywhere was either closing early or only had a preset menu. I remembered someone I follow on Instagram posted a really good looking pizza a while back, so I did some stalking and found out it was at the True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica and thankfully they were open normal hours!!!! I ordered the roasted butternut squash pizza with vegan ricotta cheese.
I have been trying to find a good plant based pizza for about 6 months. This was one of the most amazing pizzas I’ve ever had in my life. Even if you are not plant based you definitely need to order it. It is AMAZING!
Butternut Squash Pizza and a Gluten Free Margarita Pizza
Once I got home from Cali I knew I needed to try and recreate that pizza since I wasn’t going to be able to go back there anytime soon and eat this amazing masterpiece. So I went to Trader Joes and got all the ingredients. Anyone else as obsessed with TJ’s as I am? I go there at least twice a week if not more.
You will need to following ingredients-
– Pizza dough
– Butternut squash. I buy their precut squash. I am all about easy prep
– Sweet Onion
– Sliced blanched almonds
– Nutritional yeast
– Garlic powder
– Lemon Juice
– Olive Oil
I will link the recipe I used for the vegan almond ricotta cheese. I used about a cup of water and added an extra teaspoon of the nutritional yeast to give it some more flavor. This cheese takes about 5 mins to make in the Vitamix. Super easy!
First, I put the butternut squash on a pan with some olive oil and garlic powder and roasted them for about for about 20 minutes to make sure they were nice and soft before putting them on the pizza. Spread your pizza dough out and put olive oil on, I then spread about ¾ of the almond ricotta on the pizza. I just bought the premade pizza dough at Trader Joe’s. Spread the rest of the ingredients any way you’d like. I did arugula, butternut squash, onion and then cranberries and baked the pizza for probably about 20 mins so the crust would get nice and crispy. Slice that baby up once it comes out of the oven and devour it!
Homemade version of pizza
Of course, the pizza didn’t come out quite as amazing as True Food Kitchens, but it was still pretty dang good! Next time I am going to try making the vegan ricotta with coconut oil instead of water and see if that changes the color a bit and make it taste similar to their ricotta. If you look at the color of the pizza from the restaurant it was a lot whiter. It also looks like they did not bake the cheese on the pizza but plopped it on after, so I may try that next time as well. Can’t wait to make this pizza again, I plan on making it on Trader Joes Cauliflower pizza dough to make it a bit healthier! Let me know if you make it!!