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Summer Pizza Is a Thing—And This Grilled, Plant-Based Sausage and Pesto Pizza Proves It


Ask anyone how they’d describe the perfect summer recipe, and you’re likely to hear some of the following phrases: quick, no-oven, healthy, veggie-forward. And the best summer recipes? They’re all of the above.

Cue this Lightlife Plant-Based Italian Sausage and pesto pizza that’s entirely cooked on the grill, entirely veggie-powered, and entirely easy to make. (Mic drop.)

Made from ingredients you can actually pronounce and found in the meat section at your local grocery store, Lightlife Plant-Based Italian Sausage is packed with 16 grams of pea protein plus red bell pepper and oregano, giving each slice of this summery ‘za a mouth-watering nutrition boost full of flavors you love. Plus, it’s quick and simple to cook, making it a no-brainer option for those new to the world of plant-based proteins.

It’s quick and simple to cook, making it a no-brainer option for those new to the world of plant-based proteins.

Homemade pesto, plant-based cheese, asparagus, and red onion round out the grilled pie that’s streamlined enough to make on a weeknight (AKA no carefully julienning veggies required). It’s officially pizza night.

Ready to make your own veggie-packed, plant-based sausage pizza? Get the recipe below.

Recipe and photos: Carla Contreras for Well+Good

Grilled Lightlife Plant-Based Italian Sausage and Pesto Pizza

This summery plant-based sausage pizza is easy enough to make on a weeknight, packed with veggies, and full of plant-based protein.

  • Prep Time
    30 minutes
  • Cook Time
    15 minutes
  • Servings
    4 people
  • Dietary
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Ingredients

  • Lightlife Plant-Based Italian Sausage
    Sponsored
    1 package Lightlife Plant-Based Italian Sausage
  • pizza dough ball
    1 pizza dough ball (Pro tip: Call your local pizzeria and ask if they sell their dough)
  • extra-virgin olive oil
    3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus more for grilling
  • pesto sauce
    ¼ cup pesto sauce (recipe below)
  • asparagus,
    ¼ cup asparagus, blanched and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • shredded vegan cheese
    ½ package shredded vegan cheese
  • red onion
    ¼ red onion sliced thin and soaked in filtered water for at least one hour
  • lemon
    1 lemon zest only, optional

Pesto sauce

  • extra-virgin olive oil
    ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • garlic clove,
    1 garlic clove, minced
  • lemon
    1 lemon juice and zest
  • salted and roasted pepitas
    ¼ cup salted and roasted pepitas
  • basil leaves
    1 bunch basil leaves
  • salt
    tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
    3–5 cranks freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

For the pesto sauce:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend. Add more salt, pepper, and lemon, if desired. If the pesto is too thick, add 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil until sauce reaches desired consistency. (Pesto lasts up to one week in the fridge and up to one month in the freezer.)

For the grilled plant-based sausage:

  1. Clean and oil the grill grates with cooking spray or oil and a paper towel. Preheat the grill to 550°F. Pro tip: Keep the lid closed to get it up to temperature.

  2. Drizzle the sausage with 1 Tbsp olive oil, and grill each side about 4 minutes, until sausage has grill marks and has been cooked through.

For the pizza:

  1. Clean and oil the grill grates with cooking spray or oil and a paper towel. Preheat the grill to 550°F.

  2. Stretch the dough into a circular shape on a pizza peel or pan. Brush the dough with 1 Tbsp olive oil.

  3. Place dough on grill with the oiled side facing down. Let pizza cook for 3 minutes, then, oil the top side with 1 Tbsp olive oil, and use tongs or a spatula to flip dough back over.

  4. Spoon pesto onto the center of dough. Working in an outward spiral, use a spoon to spread sauce to the inner edge of the crust.

  5. Top pizza with the asparagus, onion slices, and cheese. Close the lid, and let the pizza cook for 2–3 minutes, until cheese melts.

  6. Remove pizza from the grill. Top with sausage and a sprinkle of lemon zest, and serve!

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