Pesto Naan Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes & Asparagus

 

For the past 3 weeks, I was living by myself in Durham as I finished my school year while Nate started his summer job in DC. Nate and I have been living together for almost 4 years now, so I guess you can say I’ve become accustomed to cooking for two (one of which is a very hungry, very active boy). Therefore, I cook A LOT of food. And there are rarely many leftovers 😉

But while we were apart for those three weeks, it became very strange cooking just for myself again. I mean, I used to do it all the time in college, but that honestly feels likes ages ago. At first, I’d still make the same size portions I made with two of us, but just eat them all week long until they were gone. But who wants to eat the same thing all week???

Unless it’s pizza.

 

Pesto Naan Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes & Asparagus {vegan} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

The only thing that I never got sick of was PIZZA. This Pesto Naan Pizza to be exact.

I’d make a huge batch of pesto over the weekend, roast up some veggies, and be totally set for dinner for the next few days! My favorite veggie combination was definitely this roasted tomato and asparagus style, but I also changed it up with some roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and sautéed zucchini.

I used whole wheat naan as my canvas for these pizzas and they turned out to be the perfect crust. It’s already portioned out (for dinner for one 😉 ), the whole pizza bakes in less than 10 minutes, and the crust gets perfectly crispy, yet soft (just how I like it).

 

Pesto Naan Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes & Asparagus {vegan} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Pesto Naan Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes & Asparagus {vegan} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

If you are completely dairy free or vegan, I had a hard time finding dairy-free naan, but this recipe for homemade naan looks amazing! And everything tastes better homemade anyways, am I right?!?

If you’re not vegan or dairy-free, feel free to sprinkle some fresh mozzarella or parmesan on top before you bake. Even though I’m not vegan, I always eat my pizza without cheese (because I’m weird like that) and this pizza tastes especially delicious cheese-free!

Have a wonderful rest of your week everyone— we’re over the hump!!

 

Pesto Naan Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes & Asparagus {vegan} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

Pesto Naan Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes & Asparagus

Serves 2-4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 7 minutes
Total time 17 minutes
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Main Dish

Ingredients

  • 2 whole wheat naan*
  • 5 Small tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup asparagus, chopped into 1'' pieces
  • garnish: fresh basil

for the pesto

  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1 cup basil leaves, packed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Note

*If completely dairy-free or vegan, I recommend this vegan homemade naan recipe.

Directions

for the pesto
Step 1
Place cashews in a high speed blender and pulse until chopped into tiny pieces. Pour into a small bowl and set aside. Place basil leaves and garlic into blender and pulse until leaves are broken up. Add in extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper and puree until just slightly chunky. Add the cashews back in, pulse once more, and add any more salt and pepper, if desired.
Step 2
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place whole wheat naan on a baking sheet. Spoon desired amount of pesto onto each naan and spread to coat. Top with sliced tomatoes and asparagus pieces. Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until naan is crispy and tomatoes are tender.

Pesto Naan Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes & Asparagus {vegan} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

12 Comments

    • Gahh me too!! I can’t get over it! So glad you like it 🙂

  1. I am allllll about this simple beautiful meal!! You’ve also reminded me that it’s been waaaay too long since I’ve had naan, that definitely needs to change!!

    • It had been a while for me too— it’s basically the best canvas for just about anything!!

  2. I LOVE naan pizza. Talk about being on the same page, I just made naan pizza too! 🙂

    • hahaha that’s too funny!! twinsies this week 🙂

    • Haha thanks Erica!! Definitely the perfect lady dinner 😉

  3. We vegans must be super-vigilant about reading ingredient lists of things we eat. Naan is always made with butter, whole wheat or not. You must make your own.

    • Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ll definitely post a recipe for homemade naan as a vegan substitute!

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