Easy Roasted Tomato Pizza with Basil Cashew Cheeze & 2012 VegNews Awards

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 21, 2012

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Clearly, I’m trying to consume as many tomatoes as I can this month. If there’s a record out there somewhere, I could break it. As much as I like to leave the oven off in August, I’m much more of a roasted tomato kinda girl when it comes down to it. Raw in-season tomatoes are pretty darn good, but roasted tomatoes are the real deal. I’ve already made a double batch of my Roasted Tomato Pesto and have plans to freeze a batch or two of my Creamy Roasted Tomato Coconut Soup. There could be more…

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I made this pizza last week when a major, all-consuming pizza craving hit, only I wanted nothing to do with a regular yeast pizza dough. I rarely have the desire to make bread or dough from scratch unless it’s cold out. I contemplated buying pre-made pizza dough from a local grocery store, but the tortillas in the cupboard won the battle over my laziness.

I roasted a couple pounds of tomatoes and then ate a bunch right off the pan.

Made a creamy Basil Cashew Cheeze and ate some straight out of the processor.

Popped the pizzas in the oven then ate one right off the pan.

You’ll see what I mean below.

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Roasted Tomato Tortilla Pizza with Basil Cashew Cheeze


1-1.25 cups cheeze
Soak time
Prep time
Cook time


For the roasted tomatoes
  • 0.90 kg/2 lb tomatoes (I used mixed cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • fine grain sea salt & pepper
For the basil cashew cheeze
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
For the crust
  • Large tortillas


  1. Place 1 cup raw cashews in a bowl of water and soak for at least 1 hour. Rinse and drain before use. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Chop tomatoes and place in a bowl and mix with olive oil, vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Spread out on prepared pan and roast for about 30 minutes or so. Remove and reduce heat to 350°F.
  2. For the sauce: In a food processor drop in garlic cloves and mince. Now drop in the basil followed by the roasted tomatoes and drained and rinsed cashews. Stop to scrape down the side of the bowl. Now add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until super smooth. Season with fine grain sea salt to taste. Add more oil or lemon juice if preferred.
  3. Place your desired amount of tortillas on baking sheet. Spread sauce on each tortilla followed by a generous amount of roasted tomatoes. Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes (watch closely) at 350°F or until crisp and golden. Serve immediately. Store leftover sauce in an air-tight container in the fridge. It should keep for a week or longer.

Nutrition Information

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Now, if you dive into your food before the photos are taken, just crop it right out of the photo. No one will ever be the wiser! Until now. :)

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I have a feeling this could happen to you too. It’s that good.

2012 VegNews Veggie Awards

391423_10151069753971250_1872137162_nIf you haven’t already heard, the 2012 VegNews Veggie Awards are going down right now until August 31st. I’m thrilled to be nominated for the first time in the Favorite Blog category. There are all kinds of amaaazing prizes up for grabs like a Vegan Caribbean Cruise (!), Vitamix blender, ice cream party, shopping spree, and more just by filling out the survey (note: you must complete 50% of the survey to be entered for the prizes). No sign up is required.  If you think Oh She Glows is worthy of such an award, I would be so grateful for your vote (Favorite Blog category is found on page 5 of the survey – you can skip ahead if categories don’t apply to you). You can find the 2012 Vegnews survey here. While you’re at it, check out all the amazing vegan products/businesses/people/restaurants up for awards and nominate your own favourite products if they aren’t listed!

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sunidhi August 29, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hi it like my dream comes true. whatever ingredients u have used all r my favorite. every time while i preparing pizza its going hard can u give me some tips.


Hailey August 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Totally voted you up in the competition girl! Hope you win!

Question – I’ve had friends tell me you can make pesto and freeze it in little ice cube trays for later use, but leave the cheese out when you freeze. Do you think you could make this and freeze, since it’s cheeseless? Or would something happen to the nooch?



Maddie August 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I just made these for dinner, though I used grille flat bread. And it’s so hot here, that I chilled the cashew cheeze and roasted tomatoes and ate it cold. Then I stole your idea for spiralizing zucchini without a spiralizer and tossed that in the cashew cheeze too. So good!


Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See September 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Hahah best eaten…immediately ;)


Jennifer September 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

In cashew cheese, what is the the significance of the cashews being raw rather than roasted?


Ali October 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

This was delicious! I was eating the pesto/cashew sauce right out of the blender!


Lynn October 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Just made this pizza for dinner tonight…Oh My Goodness it is so delicious.I made a spelt crust and added some roasted garlic as well. Love your site and all your yummy recipes. Who says veggies are boring?!!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 27, 2012 at 7:43 am

So glad to hear that Lynn!


Afton November 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I just made this for the second time, and we loved it again. This time, by 16 month old daughter ate with us, and she LOVED the cheeze sauce! She ate it by the spoonful when it came out of the blender, and then licked it off her slice of pizza!


Mari Noga December 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

Do you think rice tortillas will do okay in the oven? Trying to do GF for my hubby. It looks delish!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

I can’t see why not! Let me know how it goes.


Mari Noga December 6, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Eating it right now. Delish! Also, I’m the one that asked if we could use brown rice tortilla. It did work. I did do 9 minutes for baking, it came out a little crunchy but my husband and I really liked it. Ha-ha! My husband is in the kitchen making another one for him. Thank you! -Mari


Paige January 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Just finished making this and it was DELICIOUS! The leftover “cheese” will be great on a sandwich, wrap, or veggie dip!


Justine January 6, 2013 at 3:22 am

This was wonderful! Especially when you consider how simple it is. Thank you.


Tess February 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm

*wipes tears*, the last bastion, pizza, my vegan guilt trip can finally come to an end. Every Sunday night we have family pizza and movie night, I make the pizzas and I’m the only vegan, I have to make those meat-lovers what they want, so I always crumble and have cheese on top of my otherwise pizza….until today…I’ve been asking the universe to help me out on this one, pizza is not pizza unless it has something creamy happening. I’m going to add caramelised onions to your recipe as well. Thank you.


Fleur February 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Any recommendations for a variation on the toppings?? So excited to try the basil cashew cheese sauce! But too many tomatoes are a bit acidic for me, what else would you suggest goes well with that sauce?? Any suggestions welcome, thanks!!


Heather March 1, 2013 at 12:06 am

This pizza is absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing recipe. I often have cravings for pizza and I am so ecstatic to find a vegan recipe that tastes better than real pizza actually does! =)

By the way, I adore your blog and will admit that almost all of the vegan recipes I have made have been from here. Thank you for providing such a wonderful resource.


Tricia Ewanchuk June 15, 2013 at 12:28 am

Have you tried making a cauliflower crust? I am going to try that this weekend. Wish me luck


mara July 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

amazing! just tried this recipe (with walnuts instead of cashews ) ugh this was soooo delicious.


Ashley July 14, 2013 at 10:59 am

I made the basil cashew cheeze and it was AMAZING! I could hardly stop eating it straight out of the blender lol the only change I made was subbing fresh tomatoes for roasted ones, and bottled lemon juice for the fresh; and I added a couple tablespoons of old pesto I needed to use up. I used it on a veggie pizza instead of tomato sauce and it was sooooo good! I will definitely be making it again. :)


Stephanie August 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Waiting for this to pop out of the oven. It was pretty fun to make. I love cashews, garlic and tomatoes so this combo should be fabulous. Just moved into a new place so I haven’t become an expertise with my oven and I think it cooks slower, I have to cook it longer than 15 minutes to make it crispy!


Rachel September 2, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I made these using Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortillas and they were delicious!!


Haley January 23, 2014 at 8:48 am

Thank you, from the entirety of my happy heart. This pizza was so good.


Jana March 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

We had this tonight and it was SO good. Thank you for all blogging your recipes. I love almost all of them!


Dimitri May 13, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Hi. Why is it called ‘cheeze’ instead of ‘cheese’? Thanks.


Michelle June 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Ooh I love when I find recipes that I already have all the ingredients for on hand! How many tortilla pizzas will the roasted tomatoes and cashew cheeze cover? Thanks, Angela.


Elizabeth March 28, 2015 at 12:32 am

I made this tonight — too lazy to measure ingredients. IT WAS DELICIOUS!


Susan October 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

I used this recipe for some company and what a hit! I made my own whole wheat pizza crust and added caramelized onions. This was my first time with soaked cashews and basil in place of cheese and it won’t be my last. So scrumptious. Added a picture on my Facebook page and noted this web site.


lara August 21, 2016 at 3:15 am

hi, how many pizzas does this recipe make? xx


Elda Pomales December 8, 2016 at 5:58 pm

This looks so delicious. I made this based on what I had on deck. I did not have basil so I used spinach instead, and while I did not have raw cashews I did have raw cashew butter. I made this according to the directions, I may have added too much spinach because my sauce came out green, ha! But nevertheless this pizza was DELICIOUS! the roasted tomatoes alone I could not stop eating.

Thank you for this recipe. Keep it up!


Ranee Franti December 9, 2016 at 7:39 am

This looks delicious. I have been reading your blog since many years and you are a huge inspiration to me. I have tried many of your recipe. Yesterday whenever I saw it, I can’t wait to try it. Then I Started to make your roasted pizza and that was not too good. So I want to make it again. Thank you for sharing all of your good recipe!


NewPizzaHouse May 4, 2017 at 2:41 am

These look delicious and Yummy! I am a pizza addicted.


JCM May 27, 2018 at 6:01 pm

This was absolutely delicious! I used small tortillas for mini pizzas. We did end up having to eat them a bit like tacos since the tortillas couldn’t hold the weight of the sauce and tomatoes, but no problem. I had some leftover vegan Parmesan from the Italian beanballs, and it was delicious on the pizzas.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 28, 2018 at 8:06 am

Oh your comment is making me hungry! Sounds great. :) Thanks for sharing!


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