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Spicy Vegan White Pizza with Broccoli Rabe & Truffle Cream - The First Mess

Spicy Vegan White Pizza with Broccoli Rabe & Truffle Cream

A spicy, vegan white pizza with creamy, dairy-free truffle cream. Topped with roasted broccoli rabe, sun dried tomatoes & shiitake mushrooms.
Cuisine American, Italian
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword 10 ingredients, all seasons, broccoli rabe, fall, garlic, lemon, nutritional yeast, pepperoncini, pizza, pizza dough, shallots, spring, summer, sun dried tomatoes, truffle oil, white beans, winter
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 2 -3



Truffle White Sauce

  • ¾ cup cooked white beans like cannellini or navy beans
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • ¼ teaspoon white truffle oil
  • sea salt & ground black pepper

Toppings & Assembly

  • ½ bunch broccoli rabe, tough stems removed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra
  • 6 oz/185 grams shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb/454 grams pizza dough at room temperature
  • flour of choice, for dusting
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 pickled pepperoncini peppers, drained and sliced
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes, sliced sliced
  • 1 sprig oregano, leaves roughly chopped


  • Lay a pizza stone on the bottom rack of a cold oven, ensuring that there’s enough clearance above to transfer the pizza. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  • Make the truffled white sauce: in an upright blender combine the white beans, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic, truffle oil, salt, and pepper. Blend the mixture on high until completely smooth. The consistency should be similar to that of a creamy salad dressing: thick, but drips off of a spoon. Set aside.
  • Fill a large saucepan or deep skillet/braiser with water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Place the chopped broccoli rabe into the water and cook for 1 minute. Drain the broccoli rabe and run cold water over it to stop the cooking process. Dry the broccoli rabe with paper towels and set aside.
  • Wipe out the saucepan/braiser and set it back over medium-high heat. Pour in the tablespoon of olive oil. Add the sliced shiitake mushrooms to the pan. Let them sear for 1 minute. Stir them up and add the paprika and garlic. Let the mushrooms sear for another full minute. Season with salt and pepper and stir. They should be glistening and soft. Take the mushrooms off the heat, scrape them into a bowl, and set aside.
  • Dust your working surface and a pizza peel with flour OR line it with a piece of parchment paper. Start stretching out the dough until you have a 12-inch circle of even thickness. Carefully transfer the dough circle to the floured/papered peel. If you use the paper method, trim the paper so that you have a ½ inch border around the circle of dough.
  • Top the pizza with the truffled white sauce, broccoli rabe, shiitake mushrooms, shallots, pepperoncini peppers, sundried tomatoes, and oregano.
  • Jiggle the pizza peel to ensure that the pizza will come loose. If it’s sticking, carefully lift up the edges and toss in a bit more flour until it seems to loosen from the peel.
  • Open the oven and with equal measures of care and efficiency, slide the pizza off of the peel and onto the hot stone with a few flicks of your wrist (or just pull a tab of the parchment paper). Close the oven immediately.
  • Let the pizza cook for 7 minutes. Open the oven and, using the peel, rotate the pizza. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the top crust is browning in spots and you can see some light char on the mushrooms.
  • Remove the pizza from the oven. Give the pizza a light drizzle of olive oil before slicing and serving.


  • If you don’t have a pizza stone/pizza peel, I would recommend preheating the oven to 450 degrees F instead and heating a half sheet pan in there for about 5 minutes. Carefully remove the sheet pan from the oven and pour a drizzle of olive oil into it. Move the oil around with a pastry brush or spatula, then quickly and carefully transfer your stretched out dough to the sheet pan. You should hear a sizzle. Top the pizza and proceed with baking, checking the pizza after 15 minutes and cooking it longer if necessary.