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Vegan Bolognese Pizza

Santa Maluco
  • Serves: Makes one 18" pizza
  • Preparation: 15
  • Cooking: 120
  • Ready: 135

Meaty mushrooms mix with aubergine to create this scrumptious pizza from Rodizio-style restaurant Santa Maluco!


  • 1 home-made or pre-prepared pizza base, or enjoy the topping on pasta
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 450 ml red wine
  • 450 g mixed mushrooms (closed cap mushrooms and chestnut)
  • 350 g shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 aubergine
  • 800 g good quality tinned plum tomatoes
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • parsley


Wrap the aubergine in foil and roast at 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 for 40-45 minutes.

Dice the onion, carrots and celery very finely and fry in oil until soft. Add rosemary, garlic and half of the basil and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the red wine and reduce the heat until all the liquid is nearly gone. Set aside to rest.

Dice all the mushrooms very finely and cook until browned and all liquid is gone. Add the vegetable mix and tomatoes.

Remove the aubergine from the oven and remove the flesh. Chop this very finely until it becomes a purée and stir everything well.

Reduce the heat to low, cover but leave the lid ajar. Simmer for 1 hour and check the seasoning.

Add the remaining basil and garnish with parsley.

Add to a pizza base and cook as required, or use as a pasta sauce.

Additonal notes

Recipe courtesy of Santa Maluco

Santa Maluco is a Rodizio (all you can eat) style pizza restaurant in the heart of Liverpool, which combines Brazilian flare mixed with some old authentic Italian traditions. The restaurant offers Vegan Mondays where all pizzas are fully plant based and options include ‘Return of the Mac’, ‘The Falaffin’ and ‘What the duck’. (Santa Maluco’s vegan pizzas are available all week too.)

Facebook: Santa Maluco
Twitter: @SantaMaluco
Instagram: @santamaluco

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