Are you ready for a break from traditional red-sauce pizza? White pizza, topped with a cheese or oil-based sauce and plenty of cheese, is supremely satisfying and a welcome break from the ordinary. Here are two white pizza sauce recipes to experiment with this weekend. You’ll find they taste just as good as the sauces on the specialty pies from your favorite delivery restaurant.
Classic Garlic Alfredo Sauce
This sauce is reminiscent of a traditional Alfredo. It’s made with heavy cream and butter, so it’s not a wise choice if you’re dieting. However, it is wonderfully creamy and perfect when paired with chicken or spinach on top of your pizza. The recipe makes enough to top 2 pizzas.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 clove garlic, minced finely
- Salt and pepper to taste
Place the butter and garlic in a saucepan, and sauté the garlic gently for 2 – 3 minutes. Stir in the flour to make a loose roux. Stir the roux continually for 2 minutes, or until it takes on a pale brown color. Pour the cream into the pan, whisking constantly. Heat just until thickened. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the Parmesan cheese until it is completely melted. Use immediately to top your pizzas.
Herbed Oil Sauce
Are you looking for a lighter, healthier sauce to use on your white pizza? Made with a base of heart-healthy olive oil and plenty of fresh herbs, this one will do the trick. The recipe makes enough for 1 pizza.
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
- 1 pinch fresh thyme, chopped
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon onion juice
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
Saute the garlic in the olive oil until lightly browned. Stir in the herbs, and sauté briefly just to infuse the flavors into the olive oil. Do not allow the herbs to brown. Add the salt, pepper and onion juice, and then use the sauce to top your pizza.
What you place on top of your pizzas, in addition to these sauces, is completely up to you. Traditionally, white pizza is topped with simply cheese, and maybe some chicken or spinach. Chopped broccoli, roasted red peppers, and sliced onions are other nice additions to consider trying. The great thing about homemade pizza is that you’re free to experiment with as many different sauces and toppings as you like.
If you’re not quite ready to try your own sauce, contact a local pizza restaurant like Pequod’s Pizzeria for delivery.