Italian Spinach Pinwheels

Vegan Spinach Pinwheels Recipe by Pasta-based.  Close up side shot of hand holding spinach pinwheel over a plate of extra pinwheels and small white bowl of red sauce with bite taken out.

This recipe for vegan spinach pinwheels is made with garlicky, sautéed spinach and gooey vegan mozzarella. Rolled in a homemade pasta dough, this recipe is inspired by the spinach pinwheels I used to get at the local pizzeria.

After college, I spent some time working at the local neighborhood liquor store. The job had its ups and downs but there was one highlight that I could always look forward to. During my lunch break, I would run to the pizzeria across the street and order myself a slice of pizza and a spinach pinwheel. Piping hot, gooey mozzarella cheese and garlicky spinach wrapped in fresh, soft pizza dough and baked in a giant authentic pizza oven. Mmmmmm… it was the most simple and satisfying lunch.

Vegan Spinach Pinwheels Recipe by Pasta-based. Overhead photo of a white plate placed on top of a gray dish towel overflowing with Vegan Spinach Pinwheels with a small white bowl of red dipping sauce.  Red pepper flakes and vegan parmesan cheese in small wooden bowls off to the top right of the plate on the white table.

I’ve missed those pinwheels ever since moving out to Colorado. Pinwheels aren’t really available around here, at least I haven’t seen them. Anyway, they weren’t vegan and neither was I at the time. So of course I had to figure something out. That’s where these Vegan Italian Spinach Pinwheels come in.

Vegan Spinach Pinwheels Recipe by Pasta-based.  Close up process shot from the side view of rolled out dough and wilted spinach and vegan mozzarella cheese sprinkled and spread all over.

This recipe is simple to make. It starts with an easy pizza dough recipe consisting of yeast, water, flour, sugar, salt, and olive oil. Once you have your dough made, you can start sautéing spinach and garlic together in a little bit of olive oil until the spinach is wilted and the garlic is fragrant. Spread this mixture onto rolled out dough and sprinkle vegan mozzarella cheese on top. I called for this recipe to have 1 cup of vegan mozzarella, but honestly – add as much as your heart desires ❤

Vegan Spinach Pinwheels Recipe by Pasta-based.  Close up shot of hand dipping a vegan spinach pinwheel into a small white bowl of red sauce.  Extra pinwheels surrounding the white bowl of sauce.

Roll the dough up, jelly-roll style, starting with the long side. Cut into even rounds and place onto a cookie sheet. Let the dough rise for another 15 minutes and bake at 425°F (220°C) for 15-20 minutes. Serve with your favorite vegan marinara dipping sauce.


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Vegan Spinach Pinwheels by Pasta-based. Close up shot of hand dipping a vegan spinach pinwheel into a small white bowl of red sauce. Extra pinwheels surrounding the white bowl of sauce.
Vegan Italian Spinach Pinwheels
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Resting time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

Cheesy, Garlicky, Italian Spinach Pinwheels. Pizza dough deliciously rolled with Vegan Mozzarella and Sautéed Spinach.

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Keyword: italian, vegan
Servings: 24 pinwheels
Calories per Serving: 79 kcal
Pizza Dough Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Spinach Pinwheel Ingredients
To Make Pizza Dough
  1. Mix yeast in warm water and stir to dissolve. Activate yeast for about 10 minutes or until frothy.

  2. Add flour, salt, and sugar to a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add olive oil and yeast + water mixture and mix with a spoon until well-combined. As the mixture starts coming together, use your hands to combine and slightly knead into a smooth dough ball.

  3. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and roll it around to lightly cover the dough in the oil. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and set aside in a warm area to rise until doubled (about one hour). 

  4. Once doubled, sprinkle flour on a clean counter and knead dough for 5 minutes, using the quarter-turn method, until smooth and elastic.

To Make Spinach Pinwheels
  1. Lightly sprinkle a clean countertop with flour. Divide dough in half. Using a rolling pin, flatten dough into a rectangular shape. Repeat with other half.

  2. In a large frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.

  3. Add the spinach by the handful and toss with tongs until it wilts, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Evenly spread spinach and garlic mixture onto rolled dough. Sprinkle vegan cheese.

  4. Starting with the long end, roll the dough up, jelly-roll style. Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into even rounds.

  5. Spray or brush a large cookie sheet with oil and place the pinwheels, facing up, evenly on the sheet. Set the cookie sheet aside for another 15 minutes in a warm area to let the dough rise a bit more.  

  6. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425°F. Bake pinwheels at 425°F for 15-20 minutes or until the tops and edges start getting golden brown.

  7. Remove from oven and brush with olive oil. Let cool slightly. Enjoy warm, dipped in your favorite marinara sauce.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Italian Spinach Pinwheels
Amount Per Serving (1 pinwheel)
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 146mg6%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

December 22, 2017
January 2, 2018


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    January 2, 2018

    These make me so happy! Can’t wait to try.


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