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Deep Dish Pizza with Pretzel Crust

Deep Dish Pizza with Pretzel Crust

This Vegan Deep Dish Pizza with Pretzel Crust, homemade vegan cheese sauce, mushrooms and spinach is perfectly saucy, melty, gooey and really easy to make from scratch! And the pretzel crust takes it to another level! Soyfree Nutfree option

vegan deep dish pizza on a wooden board with one slice being cut

Guys, I made this epic Deep Dish Pretzel Crust Pizza! That’s right, deep dish pizza meets pretzel! I’m a super fan of pretzels, and LOVE making my vegan deep dish pizza I was instantly obsessed with the idea of combining those two favorite foods.

I knew I had to come up with a vegan version for you guys and as I just posted how to make this amazing  vegan cheese sauce, I knew that it had to be cheesy pizza. It’s actually not that difficult to make a batch of homemade pretzel dough – no boiling is needed here. Just brush the pizza dough with the baking soda wash and cornstarch wash and it will brown up and get all pretzel like!

This delicious vegan pizza is not only filled with the cheese sauce, but it also has some mushrooms, and fresh spinach. All of that cheesy savory goodness served on a crisp Pretzel crust?! Unreal!  It’s a cheese pie in pizza form!

If you haven’t tried olive oil crisped basil on pizza, you have to try it! It adds a fabulous flavor especially to the browned mushrooms over cheese sauce combination !

vegan deep dish pretzel crust pizza topped with cheese sauce, mushrooms and spinach on a wooden board

We use a cast iron skillet to give the pizza its signature shape. You can also use a cake pan.

The major difference between traditional pizza dough and pretzel dough is that here, we brush the crust with a baking soda wash and prebake it before we add the cheese sauce and toppings. Pre baking ensures that the bottom doesn’t get soggy, which can easily happen in a deep dish pizza with thick saucy filling.

vegan deep dish pretzel crust pizza with cheese spinach and mushroom filling on a wooden board

Saucy, melty, gooey and easy to make – this vegan pretzel crust pizza is utterly delicious! You can play around with the toppings and add some tomatoes or bell peppers instead of or alongside the mushrooms, some marinated vegan chicken or soycurls and what not.

Why you will love this deep dish pretzel crust pizza!

  • I mean deep dish pretzel crust!
  • it’s like pretzels and cheese sauce in pizza form
  • you can use other cheese sauce or fillings.
  • The crust is easy and versatile
  • It’s cheesy gooey comfort food cheese pie

vegan deep dish pretzel crust pizza filled with cheese sauce, mushrooms and spinach

More vegan recipes for pizza lovers:

Gluten-free Almond Flour Pizza Crust

Vegan Pizza Waffles

Vegan Pesto Pizza Rolls Recipe

Vegan Pizza Snack Bites

Vegan Margherita Pizza With Cashew Mozzarella

Cheesy Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Print Recipe

Cheesy Deep Dish Pizza with Pretzel Crust

This delicious vegan pretzel crust pizza is filled with my delicious vegan cheese sauce and has some mushrooms and a crisp Pretzel crust! It’s a cheese pie in pizza form!

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Resting time1 hr 5 mins

Total Time1 hr 55 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Italian

Keyword: deep dish pizza

Servings: 4

Calories: 367kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 3/4 cup (177.44 ml) warm water
  • 1 teaspoon active yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (187.5 g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons semolina flour or rice flour or almond flour

For the baking soda wash:

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) warm water
  • For the cornstarch wash:
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup (120 ml) water

For the filling:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups vegan cheese sauce
  • 1 tbsp flour to mix in the cheese sauce
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil or baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Pepper flakes as needed

Instructions

  • Make your crust; add the warm water, active yeast, and sugar to a bowl. Mix well and let it sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. Then add in the olive oil, flour, salt, and semolina and mix really well.

  • Press and mix to make it into dough. If the dough is too sticky add more flour one tablespoon at a time. Cover the dough with a wet kitchen towel and let the dough sit in a warm place or in the warm oven (110ºF to 130F) for at least 45 minutes to an hour or until the dough has risen significantly.

  • Sprinkle some flour on the dough and transfer to a floured surface. Knead the dough into a ball then transfer it to a parchment-lined baking dish. You can either use a 7.5inch cast iron or similar size cake pan or springform pan.

  • Using some flour on your hands, push the dough on the pan and then on the sides of the pan until is 1 1/2 to 2 inches tall on the sides. Let this dough sit to rise near the warm oven for 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the cornstarch slurry;  mix the cornstarch in the water then heat the mix in a saucepan or the microwave until it’s boiling. Mix really well to thicken evenly and set aside.

  • Make the baking soda wash: Heat up the water for the baking soda wash until hot. Mix the baking soda into the water. Brush the baking soda wash all over the crust, brush twice on the edges.

  • Then let this wash dry out a little bit for 2-3 minutes. Then brush the cornstarch slurry all over the crust, especially on the edges of the pizza crust. Bake this pizza crust in a preheated 450ºF (230 C) oven for 10 to 11 minutes. In the meanwhile, prep your toppings and set them aside.

  • Add one tablespoon of flour into the cheese sauce, mix really well and set aside. You can also use my mozzarella cheese here (no need to add flour to this cheese sauce) or you can use any other creamy cheese sauce or Alfredo sauce. Depending on the cheese sauce, if it’s thick enough, you can add flour or not.
  • Remove the pizza crust from the oven. Then fill it with the cheese sauce. The. Spread the sliced mushrooms. Then toss the spinach or the basil in olive oil and black pepper and spread the leaves all over the pizza. Add some pepper flakes.

  • You can also brush the crust with a little bit of olive oil (optional). Then put this pizza back into the oven. Reduce the heat to 400ºF and bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the edges have turned golden brown.

  • If there is too much browning you can put a piece of parchment paper on top of it to reduce the direct heat. Check at 16 mins

  • Remove the pizza from the oven and let it sit for five minutes for everything to settle a little bit. We like to wait for an additional 5 minutes so the cheese sets more and you don’t make a mess when you cut into it.Then Slice and serve!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Cheesy Deep Dish Pizza with Pretzel Crust

Amount Per Serving

Calories 367
Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 3g19%

Sodium 690mg30%

Potassium 247mg7%

Carbohydrates 47g16%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 11g22%

Vitamin A 352IU7%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 32mg3%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

vegan deep dish pizza in a black skillet topped with spinach and mushrooms
Ingredients:

  • I use a mix of all-purpose flour and semolina flour for my pizza dough and we let it rise by adding yeast which we activate in some warm water and sugar. Semolina adds sturdy ness to the dough which is essential for a deep dish pizza. You can also use rice flour as a substitute
  • olive oil adds richness to the dough
  • For that pretzel look, we brush the risen dough with a baking soda wash and a cornstarch wash:
  • As for the cheese filling, I recommend you make my vegan cheese sauce or this cashew cheese or my liquid mozzarella . if you are using some other sauce , remember to add some flour into it so it thickens and sets during baking
  • sliced mushrooms and baby spinach are the perfect toppings for this cheese pizza but fresh basil and tomatoes would also be divine
  • I like this pizza with a touch of heat to balance out all that rich cheese so a good sprinkling of Pepper flakes is a must for me

Tips:

  • To make this gluten-free, use my gluten-free pan crust Don’t make it too deep. Bake the crust then add fillings and bake again
  • The water you mix the yeast with should only by lightly warm, not hot. Hot water will kill the yeast.

ingredients needed for making vegan deep dish pretzel crust pizza

How to make Vegan Deep Dish Pretzel Crust Pizza

a small glass bowl with water yeast mixture

Make your crust; add the warm water, active yeast, and sugar to a bowl. Mix well and let it sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. Then add in the olive oil, flour, salt, and semolina and mix really well.

dry ingredients for pretzel crust pizza dough in a bowl

Press and mix to make it into the dough. If the dough is too sticky add more flour one tablespoon at a time. Cover the dough with a wet kitchen napkin and let the dough sit in a warm place or in the warm oven (110ºF to 120 deg F) for at least 45 minutes to an hour or until the dough has risen significantly.

pretzel crust pizza dough in a glass bowl

Sprinkle some flour on the dough and transfer to a floured surface. Knead the dough into a ball then transfer it to a parchment-lined baking dish. You can either use a 7.5inch cast iron or similar size pan or springform pan.

a black cast iron skillet being lined with pretzel pizza crust dough

Using some flour push out the dough on the pan and on the sides of the pan until is 1 1/2 to 2 inches tall on the sides. Let this dough sit to rise near the warm oven for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the cornstarch slurry;  mix the cornstarch in the water then heat the water in a saucepan or the microwave until it’s boiling. Mix really well to thicken evenly and set aside.

Heat up the water for the baking soda wash until hot. Mix the baking soda into the water. Brush the baking soda wash all over the crust, then brush again on the edges.

prebaked pretzel crust in a skillet

Then let this wash dry out a little bit for 2-3. minutes. Then brush the cornstarch slurry all over the crust, especially on the edges of the pizza crust. Bake this pizza crust in a preheated 450ºF oven for 10 to 11 minutes. In the meanwhile, prep your toppings and set them aside.

vegan cheese sauce being added to prebaked pretzel pizza crust

Add one tablespoon of flour into the cheese sauce, mix really well and set aside. You can also use my mozzarella cheese here (no need to add flour to that cheese) or you can use any other creamy cheesy sauce or even Alfredo sauce. Depending on the cheese sauce, if it’s thick enough, you can add flour or not.

a prebaked vegan deep dish pizza topped with cheese sauce and sliced mushrooms

Remove the pizza crust from the oven. Then fill it with the cheese sauce and spread the sliced mushrooms. Then toss the spinach or the basil with olive oil and some black pepper and spread the leaves all over the pizza. Add some pepper flakes.

vegan pretzel crust pizza in a black skillet topped with mushrooms and spinach

You can also brush the crust with a little bit of olive oil (optional).   Put this pizza back into the oven. Reduce the heat to 400ºF and bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the edges have turned golden brown.
Check at 16 mins. If there is too much browning you can put a piece of parchment paper on top of it to reduce the direct heat.

Remove the vegan pretzel crust pizza from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes for everything to settle a little bit. We like to wait for an additional 5 minutes so the cheese sets more and we don’t make a mess when we cut into it. Then slice and serve!

sliced vegan deep dish pretzel crust pizza on a wooden board

Storage

Store refrigerated for upto 3 days. Reheat in the oven covered with parchment.
Freeze: Place a single layer of slices on a big dinner plate and top with a layer of parchment  paper, foil, or parchment paper, and keep stacking, alternating pizza and paper, until all the pizza’s on the plate. Wrap the whole thing tightly up in plastic wrap before placing it in the fridge. Stored this way, your cheese pizza won’t dry out.

 

vegan pretzel crust pizza with cheese sauce, spinach and mushroom as well as pepper flakes cooling on a wooden board

 

 

 

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Deep Dish Pizza with Pretzel Crust

Deep Dish Pizza with Pretzel Crust

This Vegan Deep Dish Pizza with Pretzel Crust, homemade vegan cheese sauce, mushrooms and spinach is perfectly saucy, melty, gooey and really easy to make from scratch! And the pretzel crust takes it to another level! Soyfree Nutfree option

vegan deep dish pizza on a wooden board with one slice being cut

Guys, I made this epic Deep Dish Pretzel Crust Pizza! That’s right, deep dish pizza meets pretzel! I’m a super fan of pretzels, and LOVE making my vegan deep dish pizza I was instantly obsessed with the idea of combining those two favorite foods.

I knew I had to come up with a vegan version for you guys and as I just posted how to make this amazing  vegan cheese sauce, I knew that it had to be cheesy pizza. It’s actually not that difficult to make a batch of homemade pretzel dough – no boiling is needed here. Just brush the pizza dough with the baking soda wash and cornstarch wash and it will brown up and get all pretzel like!

This delicious vegan pizza is not only filled with the cheese sauce, but it also has some mushrooms, and fresh spinach. All of that cheesy savory goodness served on a crisp Pretzel crust?! Unreal!  It’s a cheese pie in pizza form!

If you haven’t tried olive oil crisped basil on pizza, you have to try it! It adds a fabulous flavor especially to the browned mushrooms over cheese sauce combination !

vegan deep dish pretzel crust pizza topped with cheese sauce, mushrooms and spinach on a wooden board

We use a cast iron skillet to give the pizza its signature shape. You can also use a cake pan.

The major difference between traditional pizza dough and pretzel dough is that here, we brush the crust with a baking soda wash and prebake it before we add the cheese sauce and toppings. Pre baking ensures that the bottom doesn’t get soggy, which can easily happen in a deep dish pizza with thick saucy filling.

vegan deep dish pretzel crust pizza with cheese spinach and mushroom filling on a wooden board

Saucy, melty, gooey and easy to make – this vegan pretzel crust pizza is utterly delicious! You can play around with the toppings and add some tomatoes or bell peppers instead of or alongside the mushrooms, some marinated vegan chicken or soycurls and what not.

Why you will love this deep dish pretzel crust pizza!

  • I mean deep dish pretzel crust!
  • it’s like pretzels and cheese sauce in pizza form
  • you can use other cheese sauce or fillings.
  • The crust is easy and versatile
  • It’s cheesy gooey comfort food cheese pie

vegan deep dish pretzel crust pizza filled with cheese sauce, mushrooms and spinach

More vegan recipes for pizza lovers:

Gluten-free Almond Flour Pizza Crust

Vegan Pizza Waffles

Vegan Pesto Pizza Rolls Recipe

Vegan Pizza Snack Bites

Vegan Margherita Pizza With Cashew Mozzarella

Cheesy Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Print Recipe

Cheesy Deep Dish Pizza with Pretzel Crust

This delicious vegan pretzel crust pizza is filled with my delicious vegan cheese sauce and has some mushrooms and a crisp Pretzel crust! It’s a cheese pie in pizza form!

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Resting time1 hr 5 mins

Total Time1 hr 55 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Italian

Keyword: deep dish pizza

Servings: 4

Calories: 367kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 3/4 cup (177.44 ml) warm water
  • 1 teaspoon active yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (187.5 g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons semolina flour or rice flour or almond flour

For the baking soda wash:

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) warm water
  • For the cornstarch wash:
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup (120 ml) water

For the filling:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups vegan cheese sauce
  • 1 tbsp flour to mix in the cheese sauce
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil or baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Pepper flakes as needed

Instructions

  • Make your crust; add the warm water, active yeast, and sugar to a bowl. Mix well and let it sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. Then add in the olive oil, flour, salt, and semolina and mix really well.

  • Press and mix to make it into dough. If the dough is too sticky add more flour one tablespoon at a time. Cover the dough with a wet kitchen towel and let the dough sit in a warm place or in the warm oven (110ºF to 130F) for at least 45 minutes to an hour or until the dough has risen significantly.

  • Sprinkle some flour on the dough and transfer to a floured surface. Knead the dough into a ball then transfer it to a parchment-lined baking dish. You can either use a 7.5inch cast iron or similar size cake pan or springform pan.

  • Using some flour on your hands, push the dough on the pan and then on the sides of the pan until is 1 1/2 to 2 inches tall on the sides. Let this dough sit to rise near the warm oven for 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the cornstarch slurry;  mix the cornstarch in the water then heat the mix in a saucepan or the microwave until it’s boiling. Mix really well to thicken evenly and set aside.

  • Make the baking soda wash: Heat up the water for the baking soda wash until hot. Mix the baking soda into the water. Brush the baking soda wash all over the crust, brush twice on the edges.

  • Then let this wash dry out a little bit for 2-3 minutes. Then brush the cornstarch slurry all over the crust, especially on the edges of the pizza crust. Bake this pizza crust in a preheated 450ºF (230 C) oven for 10 to 11 minutes. In the meanwhile, prep your toppings and set them aside.

  • Add one tablespoon of flour into the cheese sauce, mix really well and set aside. You can also use my mozzarella cheese here (no need to add flour to this cheese sauce) or you can use any other creamy cheese sauce or Alfredo sauce. Depending on the cheese sauce, if it’s thick enough, you can add flour or not.
  • Remove the pizza crust from the oven. Then fill it with the cheese sauce. The. Spread the sliced mushrooms. Then toss the spinach or the basil in olive oil and black pepper and spread the leaves all over the pizza. Add some pepper flakes.

  • You can also brush the crust with a little bit of olive oil (optional). Then put this pizza back into the oven. Reduce the heat to 400ºF and bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the edges have turned golden brown.

  • If there is too much browning you can put a piece of parchment paper on top of it to reduce the direct heat. Check at 16 mins

  • Remove the pizza from the oven and let it sit for five minutes for everything to settle a little bit. We like to wait for an additional 5 minutes so the cheese sets more and you don’t make a mess when you cut into it.Then Slice and serve!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Cheesy Deep Dish Pizza with Pretzel Crust

Amount Per Serving

Calories 367
Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 3g19%

Sodium 690mg30%

Potassium 247mg7%

Carbohydrates 47g16%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 11g22%

Vitamin A 352IU7%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 32mg3%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

vegan deep dish pizza in a black skillet topped with spinach and mushrooms
Ingredients:

  • I use a mix of all-purpose flour and semolina flour for my pizza dough and we let it rise by adding yeast which we activate in some warm water and sugar. Semolina adds sturdy ness to the dough which is essential for a deep dish pizza. You can also use rice flour as a substitute
  • olive oil adds richness to the dough
  • For that pretzel look, we brush the risen dough with a baking soda wash and a cornstarch wash:
  • As for the cheese filling, I recommend you make my vegan cheese sauce or this cashew cheese or my liquid mozzarella . if you are using some other sauce , remember to add some flour into it so it thickens and sets during baking
  • sliced mushrooms and baby spinach are the perfect toppings for this cheese pizza but fresh basil and tomatoes would also be divine
  • I like this pizza with a touch of heat to balance out all that rich cheese so a good sprinkling of Pepper flakes is a must for me

Tips:

  • To make this gluten-free, use my gluten-free pan crust Don’t make it too deep. Bake the crust then add fillings and bake again
  • The water you mix the yeast with should only by lightly warm, not hot. Hot water will kill the yeast.

ingredients needed for making vegan deep dish pretzel crust pizza

How to make Vegan Deep Dish Pretzel Crust Pizza

a small glass bowl with water yeast mixture

Make your crust; add the warm water, active yeast, and sugar to a bowl. Mix well and let it sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. Then add in the olive oil, flour, salt, and semolina and mix really well.

dry ingredients for pretzel crust pizza dough in a bowl

Press and mix to make it into the dough. If the dough is too sticky add more flour one tablespoon at a time. Cover the dough with a wet kitchen napkin and let the dough sit in a warm place or in the warm oven (110ºF to 120 deg F) for at least 45 minutes to an hour or until the dough has risen significantly.

pretzel crust pizza dough in a glass bowl

Sprinkle some flour on the dough and transfer to a floured surface. Knead the dough into a ball then transfer it to a parchment-lined baking dish. You can either use a 7.5inch cast iron or similar size pan or springform pan.

a black cast iron skillet being lined with pretzel pizza crust dough

Using some flour push out the dough on the pan and on the sides of the pan until is 1 1/2 to 2 inches tall on the sides. Let this dough sit to rise near the warm oven for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the cornstarch slurry;  mix the cornstarch in the water then heat the water in a saucepan or the microwave until it’s boiling. Mix really well to thicken evenly and set aside.

Heat up the water for the baking soda wash until hot. Mix the baking soda into the water. Brush the baking soda wash all over the crust, then brush again on the edges.

prebaked pretzel crust in a skillet

Then let this wash dry out a little bit for 2-3. minutes. Then brush the cornstarch slurry all over the crust, especially on the edges of the pizza crust. Bake this pizza crust in a preheated 450ºF oven for 10 to 11 minutes. In the meanwhile, prep your toppings and set them aside.

vegan cheese sauce being added to prebaked pretzel pizza crust

Add one tablespoon of flour into the cheese sauce, mix really well and set aside. You can also use my mozzarella cheese here (no need to add flour to that cheese) or you can use any other creamy cheesy sauce or even Alfredo sauce. Depending on the cheese sauce, if it’s thick enough, you can add flour or not.

a prebaked vegan deep dish pizza topped with cheese sauce and sliced mushrooms

Remove the pizza crust from the oven. Then fill it with the cheese sauce and spread the sliced mushrooms. Then toss the spinach or the basil with olive oil and some black pepper and spread the leaves all over the pizza. Add some pepper flakes.

vegan pretzel crust pizza in a black skillet topped with mushrooms and spinach

You can also brush the crust with a little bit of olive oil (optional).   Put this pizza back into the oven. Reduce the heat to 400ºF and bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the edges have turned golden brown.
Check at 16 mins. If there is too much browning you can put a piece of parchment paper on top of it to reduce the direct heat.

Remove the vegan pretzel crust pizza from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes for everything to settle a little bit. We like to wait for an additional 5 minutes so the cheese sets more and we don’t make a mess when we cut into it. Then slice and serve!

sliced vegan deep dish pretzel crust pizza on a wooden board

Storage

Store refrigerated for upto 3 days. Reheat in the oven covered with parchment.
Freeze: Place a single layer of slices on a big dinner plate and top with a layer of parchment  paper, foil, or parchment paper, and keep stacking, alternating pizza and paper, until all the pizza’s on the plate. Wrap the whole thing tightly up in plastic wrap before placing it in the fridge. Stored this way, your cheese pizza won’t dry out.

 

vegan pretzel crust pizza with cheese sauce, spinach and mushroom as well as pepper flakes cooling on a wooden board

 

 

 

https://www.veganricha.com/deep-dish-pizza-with-pretzel-crust/