This recipe hits the spot when you're craving a pizza, but don't have one in the freezer! An ideal five-minute snack or quick lunch that doesn’t involve much cooking!





WNK- Make It Vegan Book cover Make it Vegan: Simple Plant-based Recipes for Everyone Madeleine Olivia
  • 2 slices of bread 

  • Vegan butter or spread, for spreading

  • 1–2 tablespoons tomato purée (paste) 

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs (dried oregano, basil, thyme, sage, etc.) 

  • 25–50 g (1–1¾ oz) vegan cheese, grated 

  • Extra pizza toppings you enjoy (chopped olives, chopped red onion, sliced sweet/bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, vegan meat alternative, etc.)

  • Olive oil, for drizzling 


1. On each slice of bread, spread a layer of vegan butter. Turn over each slice and spread over a thin layer of tomato purée. Season generously with salt and pepper, then add a large sprinkle of mixed herbs.

2. On one slice, add the grated vegan cheese and, if you like, some of your favourite toppings, such as chopped olives, red onion, peppers, mushrooms and vegan meat, etc. 

3. Drizzle with olive oil and close the sandwich together with the other slice of bread. 

4. If using a toastie machine, place the sandwich inside and toast until golden. If using a frying pan, drizzle a little olive oil into the pan and fry on each side over a medium to high heat for 3–5 minutes, or until golden and the cheese has melted.


— Some of my favourite vegan cheeses to use for ultimate melting power are Applewood Smoky Cheese Alternative and Violife Epic Mature.

Excerpted with permission from Make it Vegan by: Madeleine Olivia published by ‎Hardie Grant Publishing, January 2024, RRP $35.00 Hardcover.

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