This delicious White Pizza is drizzled with olive oil, garlic, and white cheeses (no tomato sauce!) culminating in a simple Italian masterpiece!

Are you a pizza fanatic? So are we, so don’t miss our other pizza recipes including Veggie Pizza, and BBQ Chicken Pizza.

White pizza cut into slices, on a wood board.

If you’re not familiar with White pizza, it’s a pizza made without tomato or marinara sauce, and topped with white cheeses. It’s also called Pizza Bianca. There’s a sophisticated, classy feel to it but it’s every bit as easy as traditional pizza, and it’s completely customizable!

How to make White Pizza:

1. Prebake pizza dough: Take pizza dough and stretch to desired size. Prebake in the oven at 425 degrees F for 5 minutes.

2. Add toppings: Remove from oven and brush with olive oil and minced garlic. Mix together ricotta, salt, pepper, and herbs and spread mixture into a thin layer across the pizza. Layer with thin slices of fresh mozzarella, and a sprinkle of half the pecorino cheese.

Two process photos for adding toppings to pizza crust.

3. Bake at 425 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining pecorino and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.

Optional: Toss fresh arugula with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top on pizza just before serving.

Possible Recipe Variations:

  • Cheese: Substitute your favorite cheeses including shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese.
  • Toppings: like most pizzas, pretty much anything is fair game when it comes to toppings! We particularly like adding fresh arugula tossed in lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Sauce: try substituting alfredo sauce, or white garlic sauce on your white pizza or dipping it in pizza sauce (for those of you really missing that traditional tomato taste).

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: If you are looking to save time, pre-bake the dough ahead of time, allow it to cool completely, and store it covered, in the refrigerator for 1-2 days until ready to add toppings and bake. The entire pizza can also be assembled 1-2 days ahead of time.

To Freeze: For best results, freeze the pizza crust or dough. Check out my tips for freezing pizza dough.

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Recipe

White pizza cut into slices, on a pizza peel.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 25 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • Dough for one large pizza
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 8 oz ball fresh mozzarella , sliced very thinly
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano or parmesan cheese

Optional Arugula topping:

  • 2 cups baby arugula greens
  • lemon juice
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Take pizza dough and stretch to desired size. Prebake in the oven at 425 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush with olive oil and minced garlic.
  • In a small bowl, mix together ricotta, salt, pepper, and herbs. Spread mixture into a thin layer across the pizza. Layer with thin slices of fresh mozzarella, and half the pecorino cheese.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining pecorino and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.
  • Optional: Toss fresh arugula with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top on pizza just before serving.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: If you are looking to save time, pre-bake the dough ahead of time, allow it to cool completely, and store it covered, in the refrigerator for 1-2 days until ready to add toppings and bake. The entire pizza can also be assembled 1-2 days ahead of time.
Freezing Instructions: For best results, freeze the pizza crust or dough. Check out my tips for freezing pizza dough.

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 356mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 255IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 211mgIron: 1mg

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Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. 5 stars
    We have made almost all of your pizzas and have loved each one – this one was no different! The crust is perfect and we loved the fresh arugula. So yummy!!