White Pizza Bianca

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
This delicious White Pizza is baked with a creamy white sauce, topped with fresh minced garlic, and white cheeses (no tomato sauce!) culminating in a simple Italian masterpiece!

If you’re not familiar with "White Pizza", this pizza bianca is a pizza made without tomato sauce and topped with several kinds of white cheeses.

This style of pizza is completely adaptable for even more toppings of your choice and has been altered in American restaurants!

An authentic white pizza is made with just minced garlic, drizzled with olive oil, (no tomato or white sauce at all) sometimes sprinkled with sesame seed with added herbs depending on the Region of Italy, a white pizza is often even referred to as focaccia.

Again, many folks will make a white pizza plain, or adapt to several different toppings, just choose your favorite way and get creative.

Pizza Bianca

Our grandparents on my father's side were from Rome, Italy, pizza bianco, "Italian pizza" originated in Rome.

Roman pizza in this style of “pizza bianca,” is a white pizza with cheeses and everything about the pizza is white and no tomato sauce is on it however there have been many creative adaptions in our American adaptions through the years.

Being Italian/American, we have also included the many different styles of white pizza and have many creative suggestions below for you to ponder.

white pizza with just garlic no sauce

Tools Needed

  • Rolling Pin
  • Grater
  • Mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • Plastic wrap or tea towel for covering while rising
  • Knife

baked white pizza

Popular Topping Combinations

  • Sausage, cheese, mushroom, peppers, and white sauce
  • Pepperoni, mozzarella,  tomato sauce
  • Shrimp, cheese, garlic, feta or Havarti cheese
  • Peppers, olives, onion, mushrooms, provolone
  • Eggplant, tomatoes, cheese, white sauce
  • Zucchini, sliced tomato, cheese, tomato sauce
  • Mushrooms, sausage, olives, tomatoes, cheese, sauce
  • Any meats, grated cheese, and mozzarella, a dollop of ricotta
  • Ham, cheese, pineapple, cream cheese
  • Ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese bacon or prosciutto
  • Cooked chicken, cheese, white sauce
  • Spinach, mozzarella, feta or ricotta, minced garlic
  • Cooked steak, pepper, mushrooms, mozzarella, or provolone

crispy white pizza

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Non-Tomato Sauce Lovers

This Pizza Bianca is the perfect alternative to non-tomato lovers or those who can't take acidic foods.

This recipe is all made from wholesome ingredients and although it is all made from scratch, you can use your own store-bought dough if you prefer to cut some time.

Garlic Pizza Bianca

Garlic Pizza Bianca

Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 3 HourCook time: 19 MinTotal time: 3 H & 19 M
A white garlic sauce on top of Italian dough baked to perfection loaded with mozzarella or provolone cheese


  • Dough:
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 cups or more bread flour
  • olive oil
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoons granulated garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or shredded Havarti cheese
  • Topping Garnishes:
  • 12 cloves garlic, 
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 cups or more of Mozzarella or Provolone slices
  • fresh basil or oregano
  • Optional: sprinkle edges with sesame seeds and olive oil before baking
  • Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and red pepper flakes


  1. In a large mixing bowl add the water and yeast, stir, and let sit for 4 minutes to dissolve.
  2.  Stir in the flours, oil, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add all-purpose flour and then briskly whisk in olive oil, sugar, and salt. 
  4. Knead to make a soft dough ( I used a dough hook with my mixer as shown)
  5. Place the timer on at least 8 minutes for kneading by hand or mixer.
  6. Oil the top of the dough and let rise covered with a damp towel. 3 to 4 hours.
  7. Grease your pizza pan with shortening or oil.
  8. I make around 2  round pizza pans of dough stretched out.
  9. Cover them both with a warm wet tea towel.
  10. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  11. In the meantime make the sauce.
  12. Add the butter, to a small pan to melt with flour and stir it.
  13. Cook for around 40 seconds then slowly add the milk salt, pepper garlic, and grated cheese until it thickens stirring the whole entire time.  
  14. This takes around 1 minute or so on low heat.
  15. Top the risen dough with minced fresh garlic, salt pepper, and mozzarella or provolone cheeses plus some fresh basil.
  16. Add some sauce in random areas of the dough to coat the top.
  17. Let pizza sit 15 more minutes depending on how thick you like your dough.
  18. Bake the pizza in preheated oven until browned and crispy around 25 to 35 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown.
  19. Cool slightly if you can wait before slicing.
  20. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and red pepper flakes if desired.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. this looks very simple and delicious

  2. I love pizza ^_^ Bye, have a great day

  3. I love white pizza. I think white pizza and pizza margherita are the 2 simplest pizza to make and the hardest to make right. If you don't use the best ingredients they fail. Your white pizza sounds like you nailed the recipe.

  4. Viva la pizza!Mouthwatering!!!xxx

  5. I adore white pizza, just like I've become a convert to white chili. Don't get me wrong, I'll never pass up a traditional red sauced pizza or chili, but there's something uniquely special about the lighter versions.

  6. Claudia, this pizza looks fantastic and the garlic sauce sounds killer. I could eat this for breakfast, LOL. Seriously!

  7. Simple and cheesy! Just the way I love my pizza!! Wonderful recipe, Claudia!!!

  8. I have never tried white pizza so it is now on my list. With garlic and a crispy crust it is even better.

  9. We are such fans of white pizza - could nibble on it all day. Love how it is a backdrop for so much variety. Yours is picture-pizza-perfect!

  10. Ready... steady.. I have got some fresh yeast in the fridge and the right flour..I will do this at the weekend!! I love homemade pizza.

  11. I am in awe at the texture of that crust! I love a good simple pizza--who needs all the crazy toppings?

  12. Love the white pizza...perfect recipe for me to show off for my picky friend that always bugs me about having white pizza.
    Thanks dear Claudia for the inspiration and the amazing recipe!

  13. Looks incredible Claudia. You know I have a serious weakness for pizza. This would make me grin from ear to ear.

  14. The garlic sauce is a delicious topper! This is one that you can run to for flavor without being over loaded with too many toppings. Well done!

  15. I love white pizza and have made it at home although with store bought dough. Brian wants a regular pizza with pepperoni so I usually make two personal size pizzas for us.

  16. Yummy! That cheesy topping looks utterly delicious.

  17. Enjoyed this for dinner last night and it was a hit all around the table! Everything a gourmet pizza should be, and then some; my whole family loved it!

  18. It's been a while since I made a delicious pizza like this at home. Time to change that! :-)

  19. I love this combo of flavors! The total, perfect comfort food! Yum!

  20. This pizza looks so yummy and tasty! We absolutely love pizza and was such a hit for dinner the other night! Excited to make this again!
    - Beth

  21. Love this extremely fantastic looking homemade pizza. Can't wait to make one.

  22. For ourselves I always make my red sauce, but I have a friend who is allergic to tomatoes and needed ideas to make pizza she can eat. This sounds wonderful!


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