How to Make the Perfect White Pizza Sauce

By Vanessa Richards

January 10, 2024   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

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It’s no secret that many of us are always on the go. Between taking care of meals, clothing, tending to their home, and working outside the house, it is tough to find time for cooking.

For those looking for a quick and easy to make dinner without having to cook anything from scratch- check out my recipe for white pizza sauce. A good alternative to the common red sauce, it will only take minutes and taste delicious!

The post continues with step by step instructions on how to prepare white pizza sauce as well as ideas for what ingredients could be added such as pepperoni or sausage.

Never stress out on what you’re going to prepare for your next pizza night with this amazing white pizza sauce guide!

White Pizza Sauce Nutrition Facts

  • Per serving: 0.3 cup (64g )
  • Calories from Fat 126. Calories 140.
  • 22% Total Fat 14g.
  • 13% Saturated Fat 2.5g.
  • 0% Cholesterol 0mg.
  • 11% Sodium 260mg.
  • 0% Vitamin C 0g
  • 0% Total Carbohydrates 1g.
  • 0% Dietary Fiber 0g.

Important Note

The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a 2000-calorie daily diet.

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White Pizza Sauce Preparation

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Servings: 4

Yield: 4 pizzas

White Pizza Sauce Ingredients

Ever wonder what goes into a homemade white pizza sauce? If you’re like me, the only time you’ve ever eaten it is in a birthday party, or perhaps when your friends clamors for a succulent white sauce on top of their favorite pie dish!

You may have wondered how to make this delicious dish but never knew where to start.

Well, I’m here with a list of ingredients and instructions on how to make white pizza sauce – so you’ll never ask “what’s in white pizza sauce?” again!

Maybe it’s time for you to ditch the overly-used red sauce for now. Who knows?

You will need these simple ingredients:

  • 8 tbsp. butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 12 tbsp. plain flour
  • 4 cups (or more) of cream
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 tsp mixed Italian herbs
  • 2 tablespoons of salt and pepper to taste
  • Half a cup to 200g grated cheese of your choice

White Pizza Sauce Method/Steps

  1. To begin with your favorite pizza sauce, melt two tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add one clove of garlic cut into half and sauté for around five minutes or until the garlic is golden brown.
  2. You can fry off garlic over low heat. It takes just a little while to cook the garlic, but it’s worth it for an amazing flavor boost!
  3. First, slowly add the flour in a bowl to prepare for your white pizza sauce. You can make a really good white garlic pizza sauce by mixing together with the dry ingredients, together with the salt for a good amount of seasoning.
  4. Once you have those ingredients in your pizza sauce mixed well, add six tablespoons melted butter and stir in. Adding and stirring the dry dredge would be a little lumpy, but don’t worry because it will get better when you add in the other components in the process!
  5. After adding the butter, add the cream and a little bit of milk to a saucepan, then slowly warm it. As you do this, whisk gently so that you don’t have any lumps that will ruin the flavor. Once the mixture starts bubbling half way through at the edges, remove from heat and continue to stir to achieve desirable consistency.
  6. To make a delicious and aromatic white sauce, add the herbs to a bowl. Add the lemon juice and salt/pepper. Then simmer for five minutes until smooth.
  7. You can make your white pizza sauce thin or thick by adding a little bit more milk (I would suggest adding 1 cup), or turning up the heat to evaporate more liquid and make it more creamy.
  8. It’s about time to slowly add the gooey mozzarella cheese! Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the cheese until it melts. This gives a little bit more body and richness to your pizza sauce. If you don’t have fresh cheese on hand, you can use shredded mozzarella, grated parmesan, or cream cheese.

White Pizza Sauce Assembly

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To assemble this Italian sauce variant, take the base and put it on a pizza pan that has been lightly greased, spreading it out evenly and leaving a thicker inch around the sides to serve as a pizza crust.

You may either use your hands, floured, to accomplish this or a rolling pin, whatever is most convenient for you! The base is extremely simple to handle and shape.

This process is crucial, because here you will place all of your favorite toppings together with your freshly-cooked sauce.

Incorporate a generous layer of white sauce into the dough, followed by a layer of mozzarella or parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of oregano to taste before baking for 30 minutes at 350°F.

How About Spacing?

Make sure to leave an inch of space between the pizza toppings and the crust. I also brushed some olive oil over the crust to help it become nice and crispy. Olive oil is a good equalizer to the richness of this dish.

For 18-20 mins cook the pizza under medium heat, or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and top with more fresh basil and oregano before serving.

Remember that you should not overly cook your pizza toppings. After that, you are ready to serve your dish worthy of rating of 5 stars!

Pro Tip in Making a White Pizza Sauce

To maintain your sauce white, it needs to be cooled down before you can use it. The best way is to let it sit overnight in the fridge or a cool place for about an hour.

After that, preheat your outdoor oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, cook the pizza on high heat for 10 minutes or until it is golden brown and crispy.

What Goes Great With my White Pizza Sauce?

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I love white sauce pizza. I always make it in my home kitchen! I mean, it’s not the best ever but if you get toppings like chicken or bacon on there, they make the flavor of the pizza so much better!

To keep it interesting, we like to vary our favorite pizzas with different toppings. Here are some of the best:

  • Cheese

    Processed, fresh mozzarella, and grated parmesan cheese are all different kinds of cheese. They’re used in a lot of pizza recipes but they taste great on their own too!

  • Meats

    I really like meats. Meats are rich and I eat them almost every day! Some of my favorite ones include chicken, crispy bacon, ham, pancetta and pepperoni.

  • Vegetables

    A great way to get more vegetables in your diet is by adding them to your white pizza! Artichokes are delicious, spinach can make any meal healthy, jalapenos give foods flavor and color, tomatoes are tasty additions to many meals, and more.

  • Other vegetables

    You can add are tomatoes, peppers, broccoli. You can throw them in your white pizza          and it will taste amazing!

Click here to get more pizza topping ideas to try at home.

Tips on Making White Pizza Sauce

To make the best pizza sauce recipe, allow the rich colors of burnt cheese. Don’t let these visual façade in your white pizza sauce recipe deceive you: this is, in fact, a white pizza pie with no sauce at all. A white sauce will naturally discolor as it cooks!

Pizzas without the acidity of tomatoes may be monotonous, but we’ve created a pie that takes use of the tastes from three distinct cheeses to provide a unique experience. The addition of milk helps with this aspect.

Make use of fresh herbs in your white sauce! Although fresh is not always preferable, in this instance, the fresh oregano and thyme really bring out the richness of the cheeses and make them more vibrant.

The bitterness of the black pepper contrasts with the creamy texture of the ricotta, giving your pie a distinct cacio e pepe flavor. If you want to add a little bit more contrast to this bitterness, try adding more tomato sauce to your pizza.

Forget about stale garlic powder, and start using fresh garlic. What you’ll be creating is crispy, flavorful bursts of garlic that are 1000 times better than store-bought chips. Also, adding ground black pepper with your sauce will make a huge difference.

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Does High Temperature Affect My Pizza Sauce?

Are you concerned that 500° is an excessive temperature? Don’t be concerned, it will not burn. By this, you don’t have to worry about ruining your perfect pizza sauce recipe.

Cooking the pizza dough at the maximum temperature possible in your oven enables the cheeses, including parmesan cheese, to melt and the dough to crisp while without drying out the whole pie or making it soggy.

To counteract with the high temperature, you can add more wet ingredients to top your white pizza recipe such as cream cheese, tomato sauce, or other forms of sauce spread.


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This white pizza sauce recipe is basically a simplified version of a garlic alfredo sauce. It just requires a few basic materials and can be assembled in about a couple of minutes. It is a favorite in the family, and it is much superior than the white sauce used by pizza delivery services.

If you like spinach, mushrooms, onions, bacon, or some hot jalapenos, then experimenting with this white pizza sauce recipe may be worth your while.

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Vanessa Richards

Vanessa is a mom of 3 lovely children and a software geek. Outside of her career as a health and wellness instructor. She enjoys writing and researching on topics such as finance, software, health and culinary.

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