White pizza (pizza bianca) is loaded with delicious ricotta, gooey mozzarella, and salty Parmesan cheese for a taste bomb.
Like cheese and pizza? Great. Then I present to you the perfect match: White Pizza, or Pizza Bianca! Ricotta cheese is used to form a creamy white sauce that is then smeared over the crust; some salt and garlic are added for flavour. Then, gooey mozzarella and salty Parmesan cheeses are melted over top. Pizza toppings, please make way. This white pizza can compete with the best of them.
Please explain pizza bianca, or white pizza.
Pizza bianca, or “white pizza,” is pizza without the traditional red tomato sauce. Instead of red sauce, white pizzas utilise a white sauce or a little coating of olive oil on the dough before the toppings. A cream sauce like alfredo or a mild cheese like ricotta might serve as the white sauce.
Instead of producing a time-consuming white sauce, why not simply use ricotta cheese instead? Add some garlic and salt, and it will taste better than any sauce you could ever create in the time it would take you to wash the pots and pans.
Making a White Pizza
There has been a recent shift in our household toward white pizza. Now it’s up there with Pizza Margherita as a staple of our genre. Since no sauce is required, preparation is quick and simple. The only tricky aspect is making your own pizza dough. Follow these directions (or go to the recipe) to master the art of white pizza.
- Create the pizza dough. Our starting point recipe and a few simple variations are shown below.
- Spice up the ricotta. Add seasonings such salt, pepper, and chopped garlic and stir to combine. This adds a lot of flavour to the ricotta, which may be somewhat tasteless on its own.
- Add some mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top. These are essential to keeping the pizza together and adding the perfect crunch.
- Bake! Put it in the oven for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese and then dig in. Keep in mind that we baked our white pizza in a pizza oven, so it may have a little darker crust than a typical oven-baked pizza.
Due to the wide variety of ricotta cheese manufacturers, seasoning is up to personal preference.
Ricotta, a mild Italian cheese, is often used in lasagna but also works well on pizza. It’s important to remember that not all ricotta cheese is created equal. Some are quite tasty as-is, with a pleasantly smooth texture and rich flavour, while others are somewhat tasteless.
Check the seasoning for the ricotta pizza with a little taste before combining the ingredients. If you find that you need to, you can always add more salt afterwards. It’s possible that you’ll need more or less than what the recipe specifies.
Choices in homemade pizza dough!
White pizza, often known as pizza bianca, may be prepared in several ways. Using our pizza dough master recipe down below is the most conventional method. However, there are several shortcuts and simpler options available as well! You’ll find our top choices below, in order of preference:
- The best pizza dough is the one found in Pizza Dough: Master Recipe. In order to learn how to properly stretch pizza dough, check out How to Stretch Pizza Dough. Plus, you’ll need certain tools (see below).
- Slim pastry. This simpler Thin Crust Pizza Dough may be rolled out to a thinner, crisper crust with no effort. You’ll need the same tools either way.
- Naan, or a pizza made with a flatbread crust. Naan Pizzas and Flatbread Pizzas, made using premade flatbread, are a breeze to cook and perfect for when time is of the essence.
- The pizza is baked in a pan. You may also use a cast-iron skillet to bake a white pizza. Though time-consuming, this method eliminates the need to stretch the dough, making it much simpler.
A few essential pizza-making equipment are required! These are the things you’ll require:
- Pizza stone: A pizza stone is what gives Italian pizza its signature crispy outside and chewy inside. We’ve included some helpful information on pizza stones, including where to get one and how to maintain it, below.
- Pizza peel: When using a pizza stone, transferring the pizza from the baking sheet to the heated stone is simplest using a pizza peel. This pizza peel is the best option for making pizzas on the conveyor.
Pizza bianca, or white pizza, is a kind of pizza that…
- Best Pizza Dough, 1 Ball (or Thin Crust Dough)
- 1/2 cup ricotta made from whole milk
- 1/8 teaspoon of kosher salt, to taste
- Grinder-milled black pepper
- Just one little clove of garlic, minced (about a quarter of a teaspoon)
- 12 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
- a quarter of a cup of shredded Parmesan
- To top it off, add: Pepper flakes, red wine vinegar, and dried oregano
- Construct the pizza base: Prepare the dough according to a recipe for the Best Pizza Dough or Thin Crust Dough. (Preparation time is about 15 minutes, and relaxation time is around 45 minutes.)
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit with a pizza stone inside. Alternatively, fire up your pizza oven (here’s the one we use).
- Toppings, please: Crush the garlic cloves and mince them. Combine the ricotta, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, and minced garlic in a small bowl.
- Pizza in the oven: Sprinkle cornmeal or semolina flour on a pizza peel and be ready to place it in the oven. (A rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet may be used in place of a pizza peel if you don’t have one. Yet, spending the money on a pizza peel is time well spent. Make a pizza by stretching the dough into a circle, as described in How to Stretch Pizza Dough. The pizza dough should then be carefully transferred on the peel.
- Spread the seasoned ricotta on the dough with a light hand. Add the mozzarella, Parmesan, and kosher salt over top. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes and dried or fresh oregano on top, if you want.
- The pizza stone should be warmed before you place the pizza on it using the pizza peel. Put the pizza in the oven for 5–7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the dough is golden (or 1 minute in a pizza oven). Serve as is or cut into pieces.