Pizza with white sauce

V and I are big fans of pizza. When we were in India, I had thought, pizza always had tomato sauce, vegetables(or meat) and cheese. But after coming to US, I learned about many different toppings and different sauces for pizza. While I love these different tastes, V loves Pizza Hut types with tomato sauce and the standard toppings. My latest love is Spin Nepolitan pizza. I became a huge fan of it when we ate there couple of months ago.

Recently, I have been baking pizzas at home very frequently – like once in 15days or a month. I know some readers would talk about all purpose flour/maida not being healthy etc etc, but I still like to make this version once in a while. We both simply love this. I have tried different toppings and this one is something we really really loved.

For the base, I followed the recipe from here. I used half wheat flour and half all purpose flour.

For the sauce:
(adapted from Béchamel sauce and this)
1 tbl spn butter
1 tbl spn all purpose flour
A pinch nutmeg powder(freshly grated/powdered)
1/4 tea spn red chilli flakes
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 tea spn dried basil
1 tbl spn parmesan cheese (optional)

Heat butter in a pan. Now add chilli flakes, all purpose flour and whisk continuously(keep on a medium flake to avoid burning).
Now slowly add milk whisking all the time. Add nutmeg powder(grate a nutmeg directly into the pan). Add parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, basil and whisk it. Cook till the sauce thickens.

Eggplant – sliced, sprinkled with olive oil, salt pepper and grilled for few minutes
Sundried tomato
2 tbl spn grated mozzarella cheese(optional)

Preheat the oven to 450F for about 10mins.
Roll the dough into desired thickness. Sprinkle some olive oil.
Spread the sauce, toppings, cheese(optional) and bake it in a preheated oven at 450F for about 12-15mins.
Serve immediately.

22 thoughts on “Pizza with white sauce”

  1. Wow, i never knew this kind if pizza existed. Just this morning, i was thinking haven’t baked pizza for a long time. My hubby is a fan of white sauce and does not like the marinara, so i guess this is the kind of pizza he will like. Will try and let you know the family results.

  2. Why don’t understand this simple principle of photography….a light foreground cannot have a light background…The pizza has light shades and cannot be placed on a white background…the effect will not come out.

  3. WOww delicious white sauce pizza..looks simply superb…i never know that we can prepare pizzas with bechamel sauce..thanks for sharing this awesome recipe..

  4. Shilpa..this is truly a unique n different one! Liked ur choice of veggies for topping too! I did make white sauce for bow pastas four years had only butter,maida,milk n pepper..took time for both me n hub to acquire the taste..once done..addicted! 😀 I m sure the taste must hv been amazing! Tks for sharing!

  5. I have never made pizza at home. After reading this and your previous post on pizza, I am inspired (ahem..and also gathering courage) to make it at home.
    Thanks for the recipe Shilpa.

  6. I love white sauce, pizza looks great something I love to eat every day… so tempting… I would like to receive your posts Via Google Reader pls add the subscribe via reader so I can get your posts first hand.

    Shilpa: Ramya, there is subscribe to RSS link in the right bar. Please use it. Thanks.

  7. for how long and at what temperature shld an oven be preheated. Is it the same for all baking…pizzas,bread, biscuits?
    waiting to try this recipe

    Shilpa: Natasha, it is not same for all. Normally I preheat the oven for 10mins as mentioned in the recipe (at same temperature at which I am going to bake later). This allows the oven to come to required temperature before we start actual baking.

  8. Hi Shilpa, I love to browse thro your site. Thanks for all the detailed recipes. I have made a few of them and they have really turned out well.

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