- March 8, 2023
- by Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
- 0 Comments
Baked Bean Pizza
Looking for a new and tasty vegetarian pizza recipe? This baked bean pizza is warm, comforting, and only requires a few ingredients!
You’ve eaten pizza topped with cheese, veggies, and maybe even pineapple, too. But have you ever tried pizza topped with baked beans? Here’s an excuse to make pizza tonight!
The savory and slightly sweet baked beans, paired with the crispy crust and bubbly cheese, make for a comforting and satisfying meal.
Whipping up this baked bean pizza is a great way to use up leftover baked beans and get creative with that can that’s been hanging out in your pantry for far too long.
Beans are a good source of protein, which is why they’re on my list of best plant-based proteins. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, and these nutrients help make this meal hearty and satiating.
Plus, you’re probably not going to find takeout pizza like this!
You only need a few simple ingredients for this baked bean pizza recipe:
Pizza dough: What’s pizza without the bread? You can either buy pre-made dough or make it yourself from scratch. If you want to increase the fiber content, opt for whole-wheat dough.
Crushed tomatoes: Tomatoes paired with oregano deliver on that pizza flavor we all know and love. Be sure to drain excess liquid out of the crushed tomatoes so that the baked bean pizza doesn’t get too soggy.
Mozzarella cheese: Mozzarella cheese is a universal pizza topping. To make this recipe vegan, you can use a vegan cheese, nutritional yeast, or omit the cheese entirely.
Baked beans: Baked beans aren’t always vegetarian, since they sometimes contain meat such as bacon.
You can confirm whether the beans are vegetarian by checking the ingredient label on the back of the can. Another option is to make them yourself from scratch.
Canned baked beans come in a tomato sauce, so we won’t be needing any pizza sauce for this recipe.
To make this baked bean pizza, first preheat your oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
Place rolled-out pizza dough on a pizza stone or tray. Top the dough with tomatoes, beans, oregano, pepper, and cheese.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until bubbly.
Serve garnished with fresh thyme.
Enjoy a slice of the baked bean pizza while it’s warm and fresh! You can also add any of your other favorite pizza toppings, such as onions, peppers, or mushrooms.
Yes! Baked bean pizza was actually popular back in the 90’s, when the Heinz brand launched a frozen version. The product has been discontinued, but we can still keep making it in our own kitchens!
When it comes to labeling food, it’s not helpful to label them as “good” or “bad.” Baked beans have some nutritious qualities, such as protein, fiber, potassium, and iron. They’re also typically low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Canned baked beans may contain a high amount of added sugar and sodium, so that may be something to watch out for if either is a concern for you.
All types of beans, including the navy beans used in baked beans, are high in fiber and are a good source of protein. Both protein and fiber can help reduce blood sugar spikes.
It’s important to note that baked beans can have a high amount of added sugar. Moderation is key. Make sure that the added sugar here fits into your overall sugar intake over the day.
The beans themselves, navy beans, are sources of both carbohydrates and protein. The sauce in baked beans contains mostly carbohydrates.
When combined, a half-cup serving of canned baked beans contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates and 7 grams of protein. This may differ depending on the brand, so check the label on the baked beans that you choose to use.
More pizza recipes
If you enjoy this baked bean pizza, you may also like these other pizza recipes:
- Vegan Hummus Pizza with Mushrooms and Onion
- Feta Spinach Pizza with Honey
- Gluten-Free Veggie Pizza with Mushrooms
- White Bean Pizza on Naan Bread
- Sweet Potato Flatbread with Cauliflower
When you want to add some plant-based protein to your pizza, don’t hesitate to add baked beans. This comforting recipe certainly hits the spot on pizza night.
So, did you enjoy this baked bean pizza? Let me know in the comments below!
Baked Bean Pizza
- 1 whole wheat pizza dough or substitute with gluten-free dough
- 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes no-salt-added
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded (vegan, if necessary)
- 1 cup vegetarian baked beans vegan, if necessary
- 1 tsp oregano
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- fresh thyme for serving
- Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
- Place rolled-out pizza dough on a pizza stone or tray.
- Top with tomatoes, beans, oregano, pepper, and cheese.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until bubbly. Top with fresh thyme.
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