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White Pizza

A very simple pizza with no tomato sauce - just crust, cheese, onions, and herbs
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
White Pizza with lots of fresh herbs, onions, and cheese, but no tomato sauce. A great change of pace for your weekly pizza night. https://www.lanascooking.com/white-pizza/

White Pizza with lots of fresh herbs, onions, and cheese, but no tomato sauce. A great change of pace for your weekly pizza night.

It probably won’t surprise anyone to know that one of my favorite activities is watching Food Network. Especially on weekend mornings when they have people on there who are actually cooking. Recently I’ve been watching the 5-Ingredient show with Claire Robinson. She does some amazing things with just five ingredients.

White Pizza with lots of fresh herbs, onions, and cheese, but no tomato sauce. A great change of pace for your weekly pizza night. https://www.lanascooking.com/white-pizza/

So, a couple of weeks ago I watched her make a “white pizza.” A white pizza is, aptly enough, a pizza with no tomato sauce.

Her pizza consisted of a purchased dough (ingredient 1), garlic-flavored olive oil (ingredient 2), mozzarella cheese (ingredient 3), ricotta cheese (ingredient 4), and oregano (ingredient 5). The finished pie looked absolutely beautiful. But, as I tend to do, I thought maybe I could improve it with a few additional ingredients.

I added some caramelized onions, fresh basil, dried Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes and chives. It was really outstanding.

Because there are so few ingredients in this pizza, it really pays to use the best quality you can get. Especially the dough.

For this pizza, I purchased a dough from my local Publix bakery. They have them right in the cold case in the bakery. I left it in the refrigerator overnight and then let it sit out for about an hour before I started baking. It was pretty good, but not great. Next time I’ll use my standard pizza dough recipe. It’s a really good one that cooks up crisp on the edges and has a great yeasty taste.

How to Make White Pizza

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Photo collage showing steps for caramelizing onions.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and onions. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Cook until the onions are tender, brown and caramelized.

Collage of photos showing placing the pizza crust in a pan and adding toppings.

I don’t have a pizza stone or pizza peel, so I simply use a metal pizza pan. If you have a stone, please use it for this pizza!

Coat a pizza pan with cooking spray. Place the prepared pizza dough in the pan. Drizzle dough generously with olive oil.

Evenly distribute the mozzarella and caramelized onions over the dough. Add the basil, oregano and dried Italian seasoning. Drop the ricotta in tablespoonful-sized dollops evenly over the pizza. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes. Salt lightly with kosher or sea salt. Brush with additional olive oil around the edges of the pizza.

Bake 25-30 minutes at 400 or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh chives if desired.

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White Pizza with lots of fresh herbs, onions, and cheese, but no tomato sauce. A great change of pace for your weekly pizza night. https://www.lanascooking.com/white-pizza/

White Pizza

A very simple pizza with no tomato sauce – just crust, cheese, onions, and herbs
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 661kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza dough
  • 2 large onions halved and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 4 large basil leaves chopped or cut into chiffonade
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ¾ cup ricotta
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and onions. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Cook until onions are tender, brown and caramelized.
  • Coat a pizza pan with cooking spray. Place the prepared pizza dough in the pan. Drizzle dough generously with olive oil.
  • Evenly distribute the mozzarella and caramelized onions over the dough. Add the basil, oregano and dried Italian seasoning. Drop the ricotta in tablespoonful-sized dollops evenly over the pizza. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes. Salt lightly with kosher or sea salt. Brush with additional olive oil around the edges of the pizza.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes at 400 or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh chives if desired.
  • Cut into 8 equal portions to serve.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2slices | Calories: 661kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1422mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 919IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 555mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. I saw this episode too. I couldn’t believe the croutons she made with pizza dough. Great idea.

    Your pizza looks so good.

    Btw, I would make my own dough, which I do in the ABM. I follow Mario Batali’s recipe (either the one in Italian Grill or Molto Gusto) and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. White pizza is such a reminder of the best pizza in NY. It’s great with broccoli and lots of red pepper flakes. Or at least as many as you can stand. :)

  3. I just watched her make it this morning! I am so glad to know that someone else shares that with me. I love waking up on the weekend and lying in bed watching food network until I am ready to get up. The problem is the sunday line up tends to keep me in bed until at least 10:30. :) and caramelized onions sounds like a wonderful addition.

  4. I would name it yummy, caramelized onion, goodness. Pizza baking isn’t one of my strength but when it looks that good I gotta give it a go.

  5. Sweet. Thursday is pizza night in our house and I do believe mine will have some caramelized onions on it tonight.

  6. Looks delish!

    Have you tried grilling this also? I bet it would be fantastic. I’ve become addicted to grilled pizza dough.

    My husband would love this version with the carmelized onions.

    1. I haven’t thought of grilling it, but that would be a great idea! I bet that smoky grill flavor with this pizza would be awesome.

  7. Oh yum! Caramelized onions on pizza is one of my favorite things in the world! And I love white pizza too; this looks lovely :)

  8. I do like the addition od the caramelized onion. Simple pizzas are the best for a good weeknight meal. Yum!!

  9. YUMMY! Those caramelized onions are about enough to make me want to jump into my screen! :) Sounds divine!