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The Best White Pizza Sauce Recipe

Delicious pizza doesn't have to be made with tomato sauce.
Course Pizza
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 167kcal
Author Joe Boyle


Pizza Crust

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 pkg Active dry yeast, (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2/3 cup water, 105 to 110 degrees plus a few more teaspoons if needed.

White Pizza Sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fennel fronds
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped chives
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp each...salt and pepper

Pizza Toppings

  • olive oil for brushing on the crust
  • 4 large curly kale leaves, torn into bits, discarding the larger stem parts (about 2 leaves per pizza)
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 ozs. low moisture mozzarella cheese grated
  • 3 ozs fresh mozzarella cheese torn into small pieces
  • Other toppings as desired.


Pizza Crust

  • Mix all dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Using the dough hook attachment of the mixer, add the water and mix on speed #2 pushing the flour down with a long handled spatula to incorporate.
  • Add additional water, 1 or 2 teaspoons at at time until the dough forms into a dry ball.
  • Knead the dough on #2 speed for 20 minutes.
  • If mixing the dough by hand, mix the ingredients and knead on a floured surface...20 minutes will make the glutens in the flour form links which makes the dough not spring back as much when rolling it out.
  • Keep the dough in the mixing bowl and cover with a dish towel, 1 hour to let the dough rise.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a floured surface and separate the ball into two equal pieces, then cover again to rise a second time for 30 minutes.
  • Use a rolling pin to form the crust keeping the working surface floured so the dough doesn't stick. Place the formed pizza dough on a sheet of parchment to prepare for toppings.

White Pizza Sauce

  • Place the sauce ingredients in a food processor or a bowl if using an immersion blender.  Pulse until the ingredients are chopped into small bits and the sauce thickens.

Pizza Toppings

  • Preheat your oven to 550 degrees with a pizza stone or Dough-Joe blocks, if using.  If you don't have either of these, place the dough on parchment paper on a large baking sheet. The baking time will probably take a few more minutes.  Once the cheese starts to brown slightly, the pizza should be done.
  • Lightly brush the crust edges with olive oil then add a layer of the white sauce, keeping the sauce about an inch from the edge of the crust. 
  • Add the grated mozzarella cheese, (3 or 4 ounces), and bits of fresh mozzarella, (1 1/2 ounces).  Next, add the torn pieces of kale then finally 1/2 of the red onion slices.
  • Use a pizza peel sliding it under the parchment paper and slide the pizza on to the stones if using.
  • Bake for 8 minutes until the cheese begins to brown, remove from the oven and let cool slightly, then slice.
  • Repeat for a second pizza if you are making two.  The second ball of dough can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, then in a plastic freezer bag and placed in the freezer for later use.


The pizza dough will take an additional 2 hours to make which is not included in the total recipe time.   The nutrition information is approximate for 16 slices from 2 pizzas, or 8 slices per pizza.


Calories: 167kcal