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
Salt
Pepper
1 tbl spn parmesan cheese (optional)

Method:
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.

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

Assembling:
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 Comments for “Pizza with white sauce”

Aruna

says:

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.

well wisher

says:

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.

says:

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..

says:

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 ago..it 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!

Lakshmi

says:

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.

says:

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.

Natasha

says:

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.

Vidya

says:

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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