Vegetarian Heart Pizza

// This Vegetarian Heart Pizza on Valentine's Day is a delicious way to celebrate love and affection with a special meal. Plus, you can have it any year of the day.



This Vegetarian Heart Pizza on Valentine’s Day is a delicious way to celebrate love and affection with a special meal. Not only on Valentine’s day, but you can have it any year of the day, because any day could be a pizza day, right? 

Whether you’re spending a special day with your significant other, family, or friends, a heart pizza is always a quintessential dish to exemplify your affection and love.

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And when we talk about celebrating love, then what better way to do so than with an appetizing and heartwarming meal? 

This year, why not switch things up and surprise your loved ones with a homemade vegetarian heart pizza – because it is a delightful and gourmet treat that is sure to impress everyone! 

So are you ready to celebrate the loving moments with a scrumptious Heart-Shaped Pizza?

About Vegetarian Heart Pizza

This pretty and delicious vegetarian heart pizza is a great meal for any romantic dinner. The combination of the pizza sauce, gooey cheese, and crunchy veggies is sure to bring a smile to your loved one’s face. And with its heart-shaped design, it will make for a delightful and memorable meal that your loved ones will always remember.

So why not ditch the traditional fancy restaurant this Valentine’s Day and make a gourmet heart-shaped pizza in the comfort of your own home? Not only is it a fun activity to do together, but it’s also a delicious and intimate way to show your love and appreciation. So collect your ingredients and get ready to impress your partner with a sumptuous and luxurious heart pizza that will bring a smile to your loved one’s face.

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The wonderful thing about making a heart-shaped pizza is that it is so much fun, and also an innovative way to show your culinary skills and express your love. It’s so delish and is easier than you think.

Plus, you can always customize the pizzas to your liking by choosing your favorite toppings and sauces, making it truly unique and personal.

For making this classic pizza, all you need is a pre-made pizza crust, any of your favorite pizza sauce, olive oil, pepper flakes, oregano, mozzarella cheese, grated pizza cheese, olive oil, and your favorite toppings. Simply preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). 

Place the crust on a baking sheet, and cut it into a heart shape. Spread the sauce, arrange the toppings, sprinkle the cheese, sprinkle the seasoning, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until crispy and bubbly.

Finish it off by drizzling olive oil and fresh greens for a touch of extra flavor.

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Vegetarian Heart Pizza Ingredients

The ingredients for a Vegetarian Heart Pizza are:

  • Pizza Crust –  I used ready-made pizza crust for making this vegetarian heart pizza. It serves as the base of the pizza. 

  • Pizza Sauce – To give it a delicious taste, the crust is topped with a generous amount of tangy and flavorful pizza sauce, which provides the pizza with a tangy flavor. I added a homemade pizza sauce, but you can also add marinara or any other sauce of your choice.

  • Vegetables – I used vegetable toppings for making this vegetarian heart pizza. The vegetables I have used are:

    1. Onion: Onion adds a mild, sweet flavor to the pizza. It is a staple in many pizzas.

    2. Cherry Tomato: I have added some sweet, juicy cherry tomatoes to add a pop of color and flavor to the pizza. You can also use regular tomatoes here.

    3. Bell Peppers: You can use any of your favorite colored bell peppers. I have used green and orange bell peppers for a mix of flavors, colors, and textures.

    4. Mushroom: Some earthy and flavorful white mushrooms are added to give it a meaty texture.

    5. Black Olives: Adding olives gives a salty and briny flavor to the pizza and complements the other ingredients on the pizza. I have used black olives, you can also use green olives here.

    6. Sun Dried Tomatoes: They are added for a sweet, intense tomato flavor to the pizza.

    7. Zucchini: It adds a crunchy texture and mild, and slightly sweet flavor to the vegetarian heart pizza.

  • Grated Pizza Cheese –  A blend of cheeses that is grated and added to the pizza to help hold the vegetables in place.

  • Mozzarella Cheese – A stretchy and flavorful cheese that is melted over the top of the pizza.

  • Seasoning – The pizza is seasoned with oregano and ground black pepper and red pepper flakes which provides it with a subtle earthy and herbal flavor and a hint of spiciness.

  • Greens – A handful of fresh arugula and basil leaves are added to the pizza as a garnish to give it a fresh, peppery flavor and crunchy element.

3 vegetarian heart pizza decorated with green leaves sitting on top of a wooden table

Storage Suggestions

If you have any leftover heart-shaped pizza, it’s important to store it properly to maintain its quality and taste. Below are some effective storage tips to ensure your leftovers are just as inviting as the day you made them.

By following these useful storage suggestions, you can gloat over your heart-shaped pizza leftovers.

  • Cool it completely – Make sure to let it cool down to room temperature before storing the pizza. This will prevent moisture from forming in the packaging, which can lead to a soggy crust.

  • Storage – To store, tightly wrap the cooled pizza in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. The wrapping will prevent the cheese and crust from drying out. Then place the wrapped pizza in the refrigerator and store it for up to 3 days. After that, it will start losing freshness.

  • Freezing –  If you can’t consume leftover pizza within 3 days, then you can freeze it for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap the pizza in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil, and place it in the freezer.

When you’re ready to eat it, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat using the instructions below.

  • Reheating – Whenever you’re ready to serve the leftovers, unwrap the pizza. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and place the pizza on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is crisp.
3 vegetarian heart pizza sitting on top of a wooden cutting board

Serving Suggestions

By following these informative serving suggestions, you can create a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day dinner that your partner will always remember. So go ahead and treat your loved one to a delicious and pretty heart-shaped pizza that they are sure to enjoy!

Here are some informative serving suggestions for your delicious heart-shaped pizza:

  • Serve hot –  It tastes best when served hot and straight fresh from the oven. Serving pizza gives you melted cheese and a crispy crust.

  • Serve with salad –  To make an elaborate meal, accompany the pizza with any of your favorite salads. A simple chickpea salad,strawberry salad, or Greek Style Chickpea Salad would be perfect.

  • Desserts – To balance out the meal, you can serve vegetarian heart pizza with desserts such as strawberry ice cream, chocolate lava cake, strawberry panna cotta, mango iced cream, eggless chocolate mousse, chocolate pomegranate bites, etc. 

  • Drizzling Sauce – For an extra layer of flavor, you can drizzle pizza with drizzling sauces such as sriracha, ranch dressing, marinara, or garlic butter.

  • Drinks –  The best drinks to complement the pizza meals are generally cool drinks like beer, soda, mimosa, mojito, cooler, or wine.

  • Leafy greens – To make it look more appealing you can top pizza with fresh leafy greens such as arugula or spinach. 

1 vegetarian heart pizza topped with green leaves sitting on top of a wooden plate with olives on the side

Variations

  • Meat toppings – If you are a meat lover then you can make a non-vegetarian version of the pizza. You can add any of your favorite meat toppings like BBQ chicken, pepperoni, ham, or bacon.

  • Margherita Pizza – For making a classic margherita pizza, top the pizza base with fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and cherry tomatoes.

  • Hawaiian – For making a Hawaiian-style pizza, you can add pineapple for a tropical twist on the pizza.

  • White Pizza –  Other than mozzarella and grated pizza cheese you can also use ricotta and parmesan cheese blend for a white pizza.

  • Mediterranean pizza –  To give a Mediterranean twist to pizza, use the ingredients like artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese.

  • Spicy – For a spicy kick, top it with jalapeños, red pepper flakes, or hot sauce for a spicy kick.

Pro Tips & tricks about Vegetarian Heart Pizza Recipe

Below are some useful tips and tricks for making an indulging vegetarian heart-shaped pizza. By following these tips and tricks, you can create a gourmet heart-shaped pizza that’s both pleasing and flavorsome! 

  1. Rolling – To create a crispy crust, roll the pizza dough thin. Thin rolling would also help you to create a more uniform heart shape.

  2. Toppings – You can add any toppings of your choice for making this pizza.

  3. Use high-quality ingredients – Using high-quality ingredients such as fresh vegetables and fresh cheese will make a big difference in the taste of your pizza.

  4. Don’t overload the toppings – If you are rolling the dough thin, then be mindful of the number of toppings you add. Since the pizza base is not too thick, adding too many toppings can weigh down the pizza crust and make it soggy. 

  5. Pre-bake the crust – If you are not comfortable working with thin crust, then you can pre-bake the crust for 4-5 minutes before adding the toppings will ensure a crispy crust.

  6. Bake the pizza on the lower rack – To prevent the cheese from burning, place the pizza on the lower rack of the oven.

  7. Slice pizza after cooling –  Let the pizza cool for a few minutes after baking, it will allow the cheese to set and will also make it easier to cut into desired pieces.

a person holding 1 vegetarian heart pizza topped with green leaves over 2 vegetarian heart pizzas on a wooden plate

FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about the heart-shaped pizza recipe:

How do I make a heart-shaped pizza?

To make a vegetarian heart pizza, cut out a heart on a piece of paper. Then place it on the rolled out dough. Trace it using a knife, and then cut it into a heart shape.

Add the pizza sauce, toppings, cheese and bake it in a preheated oven until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Can I make a Vegetarian Heart Pizza ahead of time?

Vegetarian heart-shaped pizza is best served fresh from the oven. But the dough and toppings can surely be prepared ahead of time and then it can be baked when you’re ready to serve it.

What type of cheese is best for a Vegetarian Heart Pizza?

Fresh mozzarella cheese is a popular choice for any pizza, but you can use any type of your favorite melting cheese for making pizza.

Can I use a different type of crust for making Heart Pizza?

Yes, definitely you can use a different type of crust. I am using regular crust here, but you can also use whole wheat crust for making whole wheat pizza or gluten-free crust for making gluten-free version of this vegetarian heart-shaped pizza.

Can I make a Vegetarian Heart Pizza on a grill?

Yes, you can prepare the heart pizza on a grill by placing it on a pizza stone or a grilling tray. Just keep in mind that the grill temperature is different from the oven, so adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Can I make a Heart-Shaped Pizza in an air fryer?

Yes, you can bake this pizza in an air fryer. To air-fry, preheat the air fryer for 10 minutes, then place the pizza in an air-fryer basket and air-fry for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted.

How do I store leftovers of the Vegetarian Heart-Shaped Pizza?

To store leftovers, wrap the cooled pizza in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. When you are ready to eat, reheat the pizza in the oven or a skillet until it’s warmed through.

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Vegetarian Heart Pizza (Step-by-step photo instructions)

How to Make Vegetarian Heart Pizza

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (220°C). To make a heart paper cutout, fold the paper in half and cut out the heart shape with scissors. If it is not properly shaped, simply trim the edges until you have a heart that will fit.
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  3. Unfold the pizza dough on the wooden board. If your dough is too thick, then roll it out using a rolling pin, about 1/4 inch thick.Place the heart cutout on the rolled dough and and cut out shape from the rolled-out dough using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. Remove the excess dough. I have made about 6 heart-shaped pizzas using 800 grams of dough.
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  5. Spread the pizza or marinara sauce evenly over the heart-shaped piece of dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges. Add your choice of toppings over the sauce. I have used a combination of different toppings on all the pizzas. The veggie toppings I have used are mushrooms, onions, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and pickled peppers. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese and grated pizza cheese over the veggies. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and oregano on top.
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  7. Roll the dough again and repeat until all the dough is used up. Bake pizza in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
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  9. Remove the pizza from the oven and let the pizza cool for a few minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and top with your favorite greens before slicing and serving. Slice and serve the pretty, gourmet, and delicious heart pizza hot and enjoy!
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Vegetarian Heart Pizza [Recipe]

Recipe Image
This Vegetarian Heart Pizza on Valentine's Day is a delicious way to celebrate love and affection with a special meal. Plus, you can have it any year of the day.
★★★★★
(Rating: 5 from 7 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
22 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Main European 6 pizzas
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
167 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Vegetarian Heart Pizza
  • 2 sheets (800 grams) ready made pizza crust
  • 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce
  • 250 grams of mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded pizza or mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings, such as cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, chopped onions, diced bell peppers, etc.
  • Chili flakes
  • Dried oregano
  • Olive oil
  • Ground black pepper
  • A4 size paper for making template
For serving
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Arugula and basil leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to Make Vegetarian Heart Pizza
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (220°C). To make a heart paper cutout, fold the paper in half and cut out the heart shape with scissors. If it is not properly shaped, simply trim the edges until you have a heart that will fit.
  2. Unfold the pizza dough on the wooden board. If your dough is too thick, then roll it out using a rolling pin, about 1/4 inch thick.Place the heart cutout on the rolled dough and and cut out shape from the rolled-out dough using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. Remove the excess dough. I have made about 6 heart-shaped pizzas using 800 grams of dough.
  3. Spread the pizza or marinara sauce evenly over the heart-shaped piece of dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges. Add your choice of toppings over the sauce. I have used a combination of different toppings on all the pizzas. The veggie toppings I have used are mushrooms, onions, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and pickled peppers. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese and grated pizza cheese over the veggies. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and oregano on top.
  4. Roll the dough again and repeat until all the dough is used up. Bake pizza in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  5. Remove the pizza from the oven and let the pizza cool for a few minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and top with your favorite greens before slicing and serving. Slice and serve the pretty, gourmet, and delicious heart pizza hot and enjoy!

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NOTES:

  1. To create a crispy crust, roll the pizza dough thin. Thin rolling would also help you to create a more uniform heart shape.
  2. You can add any toppings of your choice for making this pizza.
  3. If you are not comfortable working with thin crust, then you can pre-bake the crust for 4-5 minutes before adding the toppings will ensure a crispy crust.
  4. Using high-quality ingredients such as fresh vegetables and fresh cheese will make a big difference in the taste of your pizza.
  5. If you are rolling the dough thin, then be mindful of the number of toppings you add. Since the pizza base is not too thick, adding too many toppings can weigh down the pizza crust and make it soggy.


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