Classic White Pizza

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  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded fresh basil leaves


  1. Pour flour, salt, yeast in large bowl and mix. Add oil and water and gradually add in flour to make a soft dough – if too sticky, sprinkle in more flour. Dough should be smooth and stretchy.

  2. Transfer dough to lightly floured surface. Knead for ten minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic – sprinkle in flour when necessary. 

  3. Drizzle small amount of oil onto dough and return dough to the bowl. Cover with a cloth and let sit for one hour or until dough has doubled in size.

  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix ricotta cheese with garlic and parsley and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out dough to desired pizza shape and size. Pierce the dough with a fork in several places. Spread ricotta cheese mixture smoothly over the surface of the pizza. Top pizza with mozzarella. 

  6. Bake until golden brown – about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, add basil. Cut, serve, and enjoy!

As they call it in Italy, Pizza Bianca is a cheese-based pizza with a white, cheesy sauce – that’s right, absolutely no tomatoes on this pizza. Although it may not be the traditional Neapolitan pizza that originated in Italy centuries ago, the white pizza is still an Italian favorite – as it is in the United States. Most either love it or hate it, but try this mouthwatering, classic white pizza recipe and decide for yourself. Be warned, it is a very different flavor than your traditional pizza, but if you can get past the fact that there is absolutely no tomato sauce, you will be pleasantly surprised. This is a very light, fresh pizza with aromatic flavors of garlic, basil, and freshly melted cheeses. Although there are many toppings you can add, such as spinach or broccoli, simplicity is key to the most delicious, and true, white pizza. A thin, crispy crust is customarily used and then covered in a ricotta cheese sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese, and finally with garlic and basil. For additional flavor, add oregano and thyme, as well as a variety of other cheeses. 

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Although everyone loves traditional pepperoni as a topping, it can be fun to spice up your pizza using unusual and unexpected ingredients. It is obviously an incredibly versatile food, so you have plenty of freedom to choose your toppings, cheese, and sauce. The great thing about it is that it is easy to tailor it to the needs of your guests.

Meat lovers will love a barbecue chicken pie with cheddar cheese instead of the traditional mozzarella. For a unique vegetarian pie, try adding zucchini, eggplant, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, and olive oil. Or you could even try a dessert themed pizza, using a cinnamon glaze for the sauce and topped with apples and pears.

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