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Vegan Matzah Pizza + 10 Topping Ideas!

This vegan Matzah Pizza is the perfect, easy recipe for Passover! The base is simple so feel free to add your favorite toppings to make it your own or follow our 10 topping ideas for tons of flavor!
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One of my favorite Jewish holidays is here—Passover! I love Passover for many reasons, but the most delicious is the multitude of ways to eat matzo over the course of the week. Jewish observance of this holiday dictates that we cannot eat leavened bread. Instead, we get to eat matzah—a flat cracker made without yeast so it doesn’t rise.

Because we eat matzah all week long, it can become challenging to come up with different ways to serve it in unique and tasty ways every day. As always, I find that simple is the most delicious, and this vegan matzah pizza recipe is just that!

Three different varieties of matzah pizza including Greek, taco-style and veggie.

What Is Matzah?

Matzah is simply unleavened bread made from wheat flour and water. Because it doesn’t rise in the oven, it’s very thin, flat, and more like a cracker than a conventional loaf.

It has a very mild, agreeable flavor due to its basic ingredients which often don’t even include salt for seasoning. Alternate spellings also include matza, matzo, and matzoh; all are correct!

Although you could technically make matzah from scratch at home, it wouldn’t be considered kosher or pesadich (acceptable for the celebration of Passover) without the blessing of a rabbi. Likewise, there are gluten-free versions in some specialty markets for those who can’t eat wheat, but they may or may not be appropriate for those who are ultra-orthodox.

Is Matzah Vegan?

Matzah crackers in a stack on top of a wooden pizza tray.

Matzah is vegan by default (it is simply made from flour and water) but there are some sneaky variations that could spell trouble for anyone avoiding animal products.

There are all sorts of matzah-based snacks made for the days following the seder, which may include many other ingredients, especially eggs. Egg matzah is considered a richer take on the classic, but at least is always clearly marked as such. Always read the ingredient labels for everything else to make sure.

What’s The Best Way To Enjoy Matzah?

There are countless ways to use it in vegan Passover recipes. My family loves to eat matzah plain with Earth Balance butter or vegan cream cheese spread across it, but we also love to grind it up as matzah meal for making pancakes or break it into pieces for layering into casseroles.

What Is Matzah Pizza?

Matzah pizza is more of an idea that a set recipe. Consider it an interactive, adaptable formula, great for getting little hands in on the action. Line up your favorite toppings on the counter and let your family make their own matzah pizza creation.

For extra fun, try making thematic matzah pizzas with some of these ideas:

  • Taco Matzah Pizza (Refried beans, Soyrizo, jalapeño, vegan cheddar shreds and avocado)
  • My Big Fat Greek Matzah Pizza (Chickpeas, Kalamata olives, red onion, artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers)
  • Italian Matzah Pizza (Basil, black olives, and vegan Italian sausage or meatballs)
  • Falafel Matzah Pizza (Tahini sauce, sliced falafel, and Greek pickles)
  • BBQ Matzah Pizza (BBQ tofu or jackfruit, vegan ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, corn, tomatoes, and avocado)

However you top your matzah, your family will love this fun meal! Read on to see some of these topping ideas in action!

Why is Matzah Eaten on Passover?

The Jewish Holiday of Passover celebrates the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt and their freedom from Egyptian slavery over 3000 years ago. When the Jewish people left Egypt they did so in a hurry and had no time to wait for the bread they were baking to rise. The bread they baked came out flat and thus the Torah commands Jews to eat Matzah every year on the first night of Passover, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt.

Because Passover lasts for eight days and does not permit for the consumption of leavened foods, Jewish people will often get creative with how they prepare matzah, sometimes making it into sweet recipes or even creating a new kind of meal to enjoy during the holiday.

Whole sheets of matzah can also be ground into matzah meal or matzah flour to make other baked goods, like cakes, pie crusts, cookies, and more.

How To Make Matzah Pizza

Think of each sheet of matzah as a ready-made pizza crust and you’re already halfway done! For some flavor variations and specific toppings, you don’t need to heat them at all, but this is the basic procedure for a classic combination:

Two matzah crackers on a baking tray.

Use one sheet of matzah per serving, laying them out on a sheet lined with parchment paper.

Two matzah crackers on a baking tray topped with pizza sauce.

Top each with 2 tablespoons of sauce, spreading it out in an even layer leaving a small margin around the edges clear.

Two matzah crackers on a baking tray topped with pizza sauce and vegan shredded cheese.

Sprinkle, spread, or scatter your selected toppings over the sauce. Cover with 2 tablespoons of shredded vegan cheese.

Two cheese matzah pizza that have been baked on a baking tray.

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and gooey. Enjoy hot!

Topping Ideas

The only limit to the topping possibilities is your creativity! Get inspiration from your favorite traditional pizzas or start from scratch with a bold new combination.

Veggie

Love your veggies in every color of the rainbow! This is a great way to clear out anything you have in the crisper. My favorite mix includes:

  • Red onion
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Diced bell peppers (both yellow and green)
  • Sliced black olives
  • Fresh basil
  • Miyoko’s mozzarella
Matzah pizza topped with a variety of vegetables and vegan cheese on a wooden pizza tray.

Taco

Who needs to wait for Taco Tuesday when you can enjoy those same great flavors any day? No tortillas need apply when you have matzah as a base. Here’s how this one stacks up:

  • Refried beans
  • Meatless taco crumbles
  • Vegan cheddar shreds
  • Sliced black olives
  • Diced Red onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Diced green bell peppers
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced jalapeno
Matzah pizza topped with vegan refried beans, vegan cheese, and slices of jalapeno and avocado.

Greek

It’s all Greek to me, and that’s a very good thing. Skip the lifeless iceberg lettuce and translate that rich classic salad into pizza format! Lay out your matzah and spread it on thick:

  • Onion & chive dairy-free cream cheese
  • Chickpeas
  • Diced yellow bell peppers
  • Halved kalamata olives
  • Fresh basil
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Diced red onion
  • Drizzle of tahini

This is a great one for lunch in a hurry, since it doesn’t even need to be heated. Cherry tomatoes make a great addition, too!

Greek style matzah pizza topped with Onion & Chive dairy-free cream cheese, chickpeas, yellow bell peppers, kalamata olives, basil, sliced cucumber, red onion, and a drizzle of tahini.

Balsamic Peach

Pull out all the stops with this sophisticated sweet and savory number. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine, put the kids to bed, and set the mood:

  • Onion & chive dairy-free cream cheese
  • Sliced fresh peaches
  • Toasted walnuts
  • Arugula
  • Fresh basil
  • Drizzle of balsamic glaze 

No need to apply heat on this baby either. It’s brilliant as is, cold or at room temperature.

Matzah pizza topped with vegan cream cheese, arugula, basil, peach slices, walnuts and balsamic glaze.

Buffalo

For those who like it hot, spice up your night with a fiery bite that tastes like wings, without the hassle, mess, and grease of deep frying. There are only three components here:

  • Chickpeas tossed in buffalo sauce
  • Vegan ranch
  • Green onions
Matzah cracker topped with chickpeas tossed in buffalo sauce, vegan ranch (used recipe from buffalo cauliflower), and green onions.

Chocolate Strawberry

Yes, matzah pizza is for dessert, too! Satisfy your sweet tooth or midnight snack cravings with ease:

  • Plain vegan cream cheese
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips

No need to heat, but it could be delightful with melted, gooey chocolate chips, too.

Matzah cracker topped with Plain vegan cream cheese, sliced strawberries, and dairy-free chocolate chips.

Kid-Friendly

Appeal to picky eaters by keeping the toppings simple, and maybe even a little bit silly! Don’t be afraid to play with your food and encourage them to style their own tasty designs too. You can’t help but smile when your meal is smiling too!

  • Vegan cheese – Stick with classic mozzarella-style shreds or mix it up with a variety of cheeses. Vegan cheddar, pepper jack, and Parmesan are all fun, flavorful choices.
  • Olives & cheese – Satisfy salty cravings without busting out a bag of chips. Olives have a savory, briny flavor that helps round out this meal.
  • Vegan pepperoni (cut into quarters) & cheese – Pepperoni is the single most popular pizza topping in the US. Increase the protein with a meatless option to keep it cruelty-free.
  • Smiley face with olive eyes, mushroom nose, and bell pepper mouth – Let out your inner artist and use matzah pizza as your canvas! Spread joy with an extra smile right on your plate.

How to Serve Up Your Vegan Matzah Pizza

Want to turn your matzah pizza into more of a meal? Luckily we have a whole bunch of suggestions for keeping both the tradition and the taste.

Cheese matzah pizza cut into four slices on a wooden pizza tray.

Can I Store Matzah Pizza?

Due to the delicate nature of matzah, we’d recommend making these pizzas fresh since they won’t hold up well afterwards in the fridge or freezer. The last thing you’d want is for your pretty pizza to turn soggy overnight! Matzah can be surprisingly filling so even one pizza may be enough for you!

More Awesome Jewish Recipes to Try

Matzah Pizza

Author: Stephanie Dreyer (aka VeegMama)
5 from 6 votes
Pizza for Passover? That’s right! Customize your own matzah pizzas that are both vegan and kosher for Passover with this delicious and simple recipe. Kids will love it, too!
Matzah pizza topped with a variety of vegetables and vegan cheese on a wooden pizza tray.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 matzah crackers
  • ½ cup pizza sauce, or vegan pesto sauce
  • ½ cup shredded vegan parmesan or mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of choice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Place each matzah cracker on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and top with 2 tablespoons of sauce, your selected toppings and 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese.
  • Bake for about 5 minutes.

Notes

Need topping ideas? See the above article for 10 easy and delicious suggestions!

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Jewish
Keyword jewish passover recipe, matzah, matzah pizza, pareve, vegan matzah pizza, vegan passover recipe

If you try this Vegan Matzah Pizza, let us know what you think by leaving a comment and rating below! Be sure to follow along on PinterestInstagram and Facebook for even more vegan recipe inspiration.

Vegan Matzah Pizza recipe by Stephanie Dreyer. Article written by Stephanie Dreyer with support from Hannah Kaminsky and edited by Rachel Lessenden. For more family-friendly vegan recipes and to stay tuned to the latest from Stephanie Dreyer, subscribe to the VeegMama newsletter here.

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8 comments
  1. Pizza is one of my favorite meals. I read the recipes and the only thing I would need to change is the parmigiana. Totally allergic Congratulations on your blog

  2. 5 stars
    I love matzah this is super creative and unique, never would of thought of trying this! 🙂

  3. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    So simple and so delicious! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I love Matzah bread! This pizza sounds amazing and super quick, too!

  5. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    Yum! I’m always down for a delicious pizza recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Such a simple and fun way to use Matzah! I love making this around passover — especially with some miyoko’s vegan mozz! 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    What a fun way to eat matzah! I’ll definitely try this out next Passover 🙂