Savory Pizza Porridge

This post was updated on December 14, 2014.

I always thought this recipe was “pretty good,” but I became quite fond of it over the summer of 2014 when I moved into my new apartment and did not have a working stove (ugh). I was also only there for a few days before flying to Minnesota, so I didn’t want to invest in many groceries. Thus, my go-to meal twice a day was a very plain pizza porridge made in the microwave.

Pizza Porridge - The Oatmeal Artist

It was pretty much just oatmeal, marinara, two florets of broccoli (I was trying to make the crown last for the entire week), and some Daiya. You would think a week of that would be sickening, but instead, it strengthened my love for it. I now make this fairly regularly!

I used to just top this oatmeal with nutritional yeast, but I’ve recently acquired a taste for Daiya mozzarella shreds (just don’t give me the cheddar…). Although I know fake meats and cheeses aren’t the healthiest of foods, but they’re so fun to experiment with from time to time.

Pizza Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist

This recipe can be customized to your liking. Whatever toppings you like on your pizza, put in this oatmeal! For example, I love veggies and pineapple pizza, so that’s what I used in my oatmeal. You can make this really simple (with just mushrooms, for example), or you can go all out and throw in ALL THE TOPPINGS! Personally, in this case, I think the more, the merrier. When I have it, I love adding soy chorizo!

Savory Pizza Porridge

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • Your favorite pizza toppings*
  • 2/3 cup water or milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/3 cup pizza/marinara sauce
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp GoVeggie! vegan parmesan (optional)
  • Daiya mozzarella shreds (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Prepare your pizza toppings as necessary. (I chop everything into bite-sized pieces. Then, I cook them in a thin layer of water in a skillet in the order of length required to cook. For example, broccoli goes in first, and olives go in last since they don't need to cook--just heat.)
  2. Bring water (or milk) to a boil in a saucepan, add oats, and reduce heat to medium.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add pizza sauce, salt, and optional parmesan.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, stir in your preferred pizza toppings.
  5. Transfer to a bowl. Top with optional Daiya (or similar) mozzarella shreds. You could also top with crushed red pepper or fresh basil.

Just an FYI:

*I love mushrooms, broccoli, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, banana pepper, spinach or kale, pineapple, soyrizo, and black olives.

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master’s degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

11 Responses to Savory Pizza Porridge

  1. Joshua Carr says:

    I’ve been making this for years, and everyone has always made fun of me! I’m glad to see that someone else had the same idea that I did. Oatmeal is the perfect canvas for nearly all of my culinary portraits. It is healthy, easy to make a single serving, hot, and delicious.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Fantastic! Yeah, it seems obvious to me, too. It was actually one of the first recipes I dreamed up when I started my blog a year ago, but I didn’t attempt it until now. My roommates often look skeptically at some of my creations, too, especially the savory ones.

    • Joshua Carr says:

      I’ve actually had TWO people say that they would rather cut out their own heart than taste my pizza oatmeal. Oh, well. More for me I guess.

  2. Emma says:

    Oh ma wurd. So trying this one!!

  3. Sharon says:

    I haven’t looked at your blog in a while, but I was bored and hungry for lunch today so I looked to see what new ideas you had. This was perfect! I used pasta sauce and some havarti cheese and it came out great. Not something I would have thought of for oatmeal, but I’ll definitely be making this often now!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow, this was amazing! Like a bowl of pizza 🙂

  5. Laura says:

    I have to try this!

    What kind of pizza sauce do you use?

  6. Christine says:

    I finally got the nerve to try savory oatmeal tonight. OMG! This recipe was perfect! What have I been missing all these years? I topped the oatmeal with 1/4 cup Daiya mozzarella shreds and sprinkles of Parmesan cheese and basil. I didn’t have veggies to use, but I think peppers and eggplant would have tasted delicious. I’m definitely making this recipe again!

    PS: Does vegetarian pepperoni exist? If so, I’d also use that for topping.

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