Pepperoni Broccoli & Spinach Vegan Stromboli w/ Homemade Marinara Sauce
Making the Vegan Pizza Dough
The very first thing to do for the vegan Stromboli recipe is to decide if you’re going to make your own pizza dough. I highly recommend making your own, as it is both super quick, easy, and delicious! You also don’t need to worry about any weird ingredients or preservatives in this dough, because you made it!
I also suggest using my vegan pizza dough recipe, because this vegan Stromboli recipe uses this exact recipe, and it turns out extra perfect each and every time. Give yourself an extra 30 minutes before making the vegan Stromboli filling to allow time to make the dough, let it rise, and roll it out.
Making the Marinara Sauce
At this point, start the marinara sauce. This is my favorite recipe! I like to start this at the very beginning of making a vegan stromboli. Therefore, the marinara sauce has ample time to cook & thicken, and will allow for the flavors to blend really well.
This marinara sauce recipe only requires a few ingredients! It is the perfect dipping sauce for this vegan Stromboli. Not only that, it also works perfect well as a pizza sauce. I use it whenever I make my cast iron skillet pizza!
Making the Broccoli & Spinach Filling
When the water is boiling, add the broccoli, and cook for 4 minutes. After, add the spinach to the top, and cook another 1-2 minutes, or until the spinach just wilts! The broccoli and spinach will be bright green! Immediately drain the cooked broccoli and spinach.
Once the boiled broccoli and spinach are drained & cooled, transfer to a cutting board. Mince the mixture together completely until it is into very small bites.
After the mixture is chopped, add either minced garlic or roasted garlic, a touch of salt and pepper, and 1 tbsp. olive oil & mix well. Sometimes, adding some other seasonings like thyme, basil, and/or oregano, helps to enhance the flavor. If I’m not using any vegan meat, like vegan pepperoni, the extra seasonings add a desirable twist.
Optional Vegan Meats for Stromboli
Personally, I love to make my own vegan seitan pepperoni. However, this process takes an additional hour! If you’re feeling up to that, I would make it! My vegan seitan pepperoni recipe will make more than enough for this vegan Stromboli recipe, a pizza, and some extra for snacks!
Other great meatless meat options for this recipe would be Field Roast Sausages, Beyond Meat Sausage, Meatless meat crumbles, or baked tofu. However, this recipe taste simply amazing with no vegan meat options, and with just the broccoli and spinach filling.
If you really are craving pepperoni though, you can easily order the Sweet Earth, Pepperoni Plant Based Planet from amazon & get it delivered right to you!
Best Vegan Cheese for Pizza & Stromboli
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it a million more. Violife has hands down the best vegan cheeses for pizzas, calzones, & strombolis. I exclusively use their Violife, Shreds Just Like Mozzarella for this particular recipe. Violife’s vegan mozzarella shreds have a perfect subtle flavor, melt amazing well, and there’s no weird “wait, this taste funny” vegan cheese thing we’ve all experienced. Even non vegans will love this vegan cheese substitute!
Building the Vegan Stromboli
Pre Heat Oven
First, preheat the oven to 425 Degrees F. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
After your fillings are made and gathered, grab your homemade pizza dough. Roll the dough out until it is about 1/4″ thick. You can either make one large Stromboli at this point, or divide the vegan dough in halves and make two separate Stromboli’s.
Building a Cheesy Stromboli
First, sprinkle on a little of the Violife, Shreds Just Like Mozzarella on the bottom in the center or the Vegan Stromboli dough. Then, top with your choice of vegan meats if you’re using. After that, take a few heaping spoonful’s of your broccoli & spinach mixture and spread down the center, making sure to leave about an inch of dough exposed on the top and bottom edge.
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Then, you can top it off with a bit more vegan mozzarella if you’re feeling fancy.
Fold the Stromboli into a Pocket
Once the fillings are in, take the top and bottom of the dough, and stretch it over the filling. Then one side at a time, fold in towards eachother to create the pocket for your vegan Stromboli! It’s that easy. Then, place the vegan Stromboli, folded sides down, on the baking sheet.
At this point, what I enjoy doing is brushing a small amount of olive oil on top of the vegan Stromboli. Then, sprinkle a bit of Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning on top! Other great toppings could be a sprinkle of salt and pepper, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or just plain!
Before baking, take some kitchen shears, and snip 5 equally spaced holed in the top of the Vegan Stromboli. This will help release steam, allow it to rise well, & it looks cute.
Bake the Vegan Stromboli
Pop this beauty into your oven, and bake anywhere from 25-35 minutes, depending on your oven. When the Stromboli is a deep golden brown, it’s ready!
Slice the vegan Stromboli in half on a diagonal, and serve alongside the vegan marinara sauce.
- Baking Sheet & Parchment Paper
Pizza Dough : https://veganrobb.com/vegan-pizza-dough/
- Wash and dry the broccoli. Chop off the thick stem, but not all the way up. Keep the broccoli in very large sections, so it will stay nice and together while you boil.
Make the Pizza Dough
- https://veganrobb.com/vegan-pizza-dough/ , or grab your own vegan pizza dough from your favorite source!
Make the Marinara Sauce
- Make the marinara sauce while the pizza dough is rising, or while you create the Stromboli Filling.
Boil Broccoli & Spinach
- Bring a large pot with water to a boil. Once boiling, add the broccoli and boil for 4 minutes. The broccoli will turn a beautiful bright green color.
- After 4 minutes, add the spinach to the top of the boiling water and broccoli and gently push into the water. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the spinach just wilts. Immediately remove from the burner, and drain.
- Once the filling is drained and slightly cooler, transfer to a cutting board and chop into small pieces. Then add to a bowl with minced garlic (fresh or roasted), 1 tbsp. olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Build Vegan Stromboli
- Roll the pizza dough into 1/4" thick. If making two Stromboli's, divide pizza dough in half. Top with violife mozzarella shreds, vegan pepperoni, a few heaping spoonfulls of the broccoli & spinach mixture down the center, making sure to leave 1" on both the top and bottom of the dough.
- Fold both the bottom and top half over the mixture. Then, fold over each side, making a secure pocket. Flip onto the lined baking sheet, seam side down. Optional: Brush on olive oil, and sprinkle with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, or a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Bake the vegan Stromboli in the oven for 25-35 minutes, depending on your oven. The Stromboli is finished when it is a deep golden brown. Cut in half diagonally, and serve with vegan marinara sauce. Enjoy!