Vegan Pesto Pizza Rolls Recipe

February 6, 2020
Article by Vegan Richa

This Vegan Pesto Pizza Rolls recipe is perfect for entertaining. Homemade pizza dough topped with dairy-free pesto and herbed mushrooms, all rolled up, sliced and baked. Add vegan cheese if needed. Serve with marinara or creamy dips of choice. Vegan & Soy-free with a Nut-free option. Jump to Recipe

Vegan Pesto Pizza Rolls – the perfect recipe for entertaining!

These Vegan Pesto Pizza Rolls are a great appetizer or fun alternative to regular pizza if you want to change things up and surprise your guests with something special yet familiar.

You can eat them as-is or dip them into some homemade marinara or pizza sauce. Either way, they’re like a mini-trip to Italy! Super flavorful, packed with Mediterranean flavor and soft and pillowy on the inside.

overhead shot of a vegan Pesto Pizza roll topped with vegan shredded mozzarella cheese

INGREDIENTS USED IN THESE VEGAN PIZZA ROLLS RECIPE AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • The dough for the pizza rolls uses active dry yeast, water, flour and semolina as the main ingredients.
  • As a short-cut, you can use any plain pre-made pizza dough here too.
  • The filling is a flavorful combination of homemade vegan pesto and sauteed mushrooms, flavored with onion, garlic, and oregano.  I like to add some crushed red pepper,  for a bit of heat. The thick mixture tastes amazing and is not very chunky, making it easy to roll the dough up and slice it like cinnamon rolls. You can also some vegan cheese for that pizza feel. Optional but 100 % recommended.
  • As a recipe variation, you could add some cooked lentils, coarsely chopped walnuts, or any chopped vegan meats or sausages. Amp up the umami by adding some chopped olives to the filling along with the mushrooms.
  • Oil-free version: Saute the mushrooms in some vegetable broth when making the filling. Use warmed creamy nondairy milk instead of oil in the dough.
  • Gluten-free version: Use a gluten-free pie crust and make pizza pockets instead. Or use my gluten-free naan bread batter, fill it in a lined muffin pan (about half the liner). Swirl the filling lightly into the batter to create rolls like swirls. Top generously with shredded vegan cheese and bake for 15 to 18 mins.

How to make this Vegan Pizza Rolls Recipe – Step by Step:

Start with the pizza dough:

1. Warm the water until warm to touch. Add yeast and 1 tbsp flour and mix and let the yeast activate for 5 mins.

water and yeast being stirred together to make pre-dough

2. Stir the salt into the semolina flour. Add the semolina flour and 1.5 cups flour to the yeast mixture. Add 2 tsp olive oil. and mix to just bring together the dough. Add flour 1 tbsp at a time as required.

pizza dough proofing in a bowl

3. Cover the bowl and let it sit to rise for 30 mins.

proofed pizza dough doubled in size sitting in a white bowl ready to be punched down

Make the fillings while the dough is resting:

4. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil, onion, and mushrooms and mix. Cover and cook for 5 mins. Add salt, oregano, garlic, and water and mix well. Cover and continue to cook for 5 to 8 mins or until dry and tender.

mushrooms sauteeing in a black pan

5. Make the vegan pesto if you haven’t made it already using this recipe. 

vegan pesto in a small white bowl

6. Uncover the dough. Add oil and a tbsp of flour and punch the dough down and make a flat disc. Use flour to roll it out to 15 by 10 inches.

Vegan Pizza rolls dough being rolled out into a rectangle

7. Spread the pesto all over the rolled out dough.

vegan pesto being spread onto rolled out pizza rolls dough

8. Sprinkle the dough with the mushroom mixture. Top with some red pepper flakes for a bit of heat and sprinkle with vegan shredded mozzarella, if you like your rolls cheesy.

sauteed mushrooms being sprinkled onto rolled out pizza dough spread with pesto

shredded vegan mozzarella being sprinkled onto pizza dough to make pesto pizza rolls

9. Roll the dough up into a roll, like when making cinnamon rolls, and seal the ends. Slice the dough roll into pizza rolls using a sharp kitchen knife and place them in a greased baking dish.

Pesto Pizza rolls on a cutting board

10. Sprinkle with some more cheese if needed. Bake the rolls at 400 F for 22 to 24 mins.  Tip: Check the center of one of the middle rolls, and if the middle does not still feel soft and doughy, then remove the pan from the oven.

11. Cool the rolls for 5 mins, then sprinkle with some red pepper flakes and fresh basil if needed. Serve warm with olive oil or pizza sauce

Pesto Pizza rolls unbaked in a white ceramic baking dish

What goes well with Pesto Pizza Rolls?

But what can you serve alongside that delicious pizza that plays the perfect supporting role? What about some roasted greens – like green beans, caramelized brussels sprouts, asparagus or a light and a bright side salad?

a fluffy and soft homemade Vegan Pesto Pizza roll being torn into two pieces

Can I make these Vegan Pizza Rolls ahead of time?

Yes, these vegan pesto pizza rolls can be made ahead. Once sliced and placed in a baking dish, you can keep the rolls refrigerated overnight. Cover tightly and store. Remove from the fridge and let sit on the counter for an hour to warm and rise. Then bake and serve.

To store them, place in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze them in the back of your freezer for up to a month.

 

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Vegan Pesto Pizza Rolls

This Vegan Pesto Pizza Rolls recipe is perfect for entertaining. Homemade pizza dough topped with dairy-free pesto and herbed mushrooms, all rolled up, sliced and baked. Add vegan cheese if needed. Serve with marinara or creamy dips of choice. Vegan & Soy-free with a Nut-free option.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time24 mins

Proofing30 mins

Total Time1 hr 4 mins

Course: Appetizer, Snack

Cuisine: American, Italian

Keyword: pizza rolls recipe, pizza rolls with pesto, vegan pizza recipe

Servings: 9

Calories: 177.37kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (6.61 oz) warm water
  • 2 tsp active dry or instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp semolina flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups (8.82 oz) flour
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil divided

Mushroom Mixture:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 cup (2.82 oz) sliced onion
  • 7 oz sliced mushroom
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Optional

  • fresh basil
  • vegan mozzarella shredded
  • red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • For the rolls:

  • Warm the water until warm to touch. Add yeast and 1 tbsp flour and mix and let the yeast activate for 5 mins.

  • Stir the salt into the semolina flour. Add the semolina flour and 1.5 cups flour to the yeast mixture. Add 2 tsp olive oil. and mix to just bring together the dough. Add flour 1 tbsp at a time as required.

  • Cover and let the dough sit to rise for 30 mins.

Make the fillings:

  • Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil, onion and mushrooms and mix. Cover and cook for 5 mins. Add salt, oregano, garlic and water and mix well. Cover and continue to cook for 5 to 8 mins or until dry and tender.

  • Make the pesto using this recipe if you haven’t prepared it already.

Assemble:

  • Uncover the risen dough. Add oil and a tbsp of flour and punch the dough down and shape it into a flat disc. Use flour to roll it out to 15 by 10 inches thick.

  •  Spread the vegan pesto all over the rolled out dough.

  • Sprinkle the dough with the sauteed mushroom mixture. Add some red pepper flakes and vegan shredded mozzarella, if you want.

  • Roll it all up and seal the ends. Slice the dough roll into pizza rolls and place them in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with some more cheese if needed. Bake the rolls at 400 F for 22 to 24 mins. Check the center of one of the middle rolls, and if it’s not doughy, then remove the pan from the oven.

  • Cool the rolls for 5 mins, then sprinkle with some red pepper flakes and some fresh basil if you like. Serve warm with olive oil or pizza sauce

Notes

  • As a short-cut, you can use any plain pre-made pizza dough here too.
  • For a recipe variation, you could add some cooked lentils, coarsely chopped walnuts, or any chopped vegan meats or sausages. Amp up the umami by adding some chopped olives to the filling along with the mushrooms.
  • Oil-free version: Saute the mushrooms in some vegetable broth when making the filling. Use warmed creamy nondairy milk instead of oil in the dough.
  • Gluten-free version: Use a gluten-free pie crust and make pizza pockets instead. Or use my gluten-free naan bread batter, fill it in a lined muffin pan (about half the liner). Swirl the filling lightly into the batter to create rolls like swirls. Top generously with shredded vegan cheese and bake for 15 to 18 mins.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Pesto Pizza Rolls

Amount Per Serving

Calories 177.37 Calories from Fat 46

% Daily Value*

Fat 5.07g8%

Saturated Fat 0.77g5%

Cholesterol 0.53mg0%

Sodium 260.75mg11%

Potassium 144.4mg4%

Carbohydrates 27.61g9%

Fiber 2.12g9%

Sugar 1.11g1%

Protein 5.59g11%

Vitamin A 134.4IU3%

Vitamin C 1.12mg1%

Calcium 18.72mg2%

Iron 1.72mg10%

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

 

 

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