The best homemade pizza part ii :: Pizza Bianca.



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There’s something about going tomato-free that takes the whole pizza experience up a notch, if you ask me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a regular, tomato-sauce covered pizza any day of the week, but once in a while the indulgence of an extra-cheesy, dairy-laden ‘white pizza’ (in Italian, ‘pizza bianca’) is a treat that can’t be beaten.

I’d not tried one until a couple of years or so ago, and it was a total revelation. Creamy and rich, and comforting in all the ways a traditional spaghetti carbonara is but with the added bonus of a light, fluffy bread base. What could be better?

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This recipe is a riff on the pizza recipe I named, maybe in a fit of arrogance (that I still totally stand by…), ‘the very best homemade pizza!’

The dough gets a long prove and is stretched out into rounds by hand, before being part cooked in a searing hot frying pan to create lightness before being finished off in the oven.

The beauty of the recipe also means that you can pre-prepare the pizzas- cooking the bases in a pan and topping them once cooled will let you put together a whole stack of pizzas that can then be stored in the fridge, and cooked whenever you fancy!

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Enough about bases, let’s talk a little about toppings before we move on to the recipe itself.

We’re topping the pizza with a mixture of grated parmesan and creme fraiche, and a handful of sweet courgettes and buttery mushrooms. Shredded buffalo mozzarella ups the cheese stakes, and a few spoonfuls of tangy onion chutney finishes the job.

I made this particular batch of pizzas the Friday before last, and left one prepared for Jason to cook for his dinner that evening, since I was heading out to London for the night.

He told me later it’s the best pizza I’ve ever made him. And that, ladies and gents, is saying something.


The dough recipe linked below makes enough for 4 pizzas, whilst the toppings are enough for 2. You can either double the topping quantities, or pop different toppings on the other two pizzas, or I often like to make a little bread loaf with the leftover dough. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients ::
1 batch basic bread dough (recipe and method outlined here!)
1 courgette
4/5 large chestnut mushrooms
1 garlic clove
Pinch dried thyme
1 ball buffalo mozzarella
100g creme fraiche
30g parmesan
Pinch salt
2/3tsp sweet onion chutney per pizza

- Prepare the bread dough according to instructions listed in my recipe for ‘the best homemade pizza‘, stopping once the bases have been cooked off in a frying pan and transferred to baking trays.  Whilst the bases are still hot, rub each one over with the cut side of a clove of garlic.

- Finely slice the courgettes and mushrooms, and cook until soft in a little butter and garlic oil, along with a pinch each of dried thyme and sea salt.Transfer to a sieve once cooked through, and when the vegetables are cool enough to handle, carefully squeeze as much of the excess liquid out as possible, to prevent the pizzas getting watery whilst cooking.

- Top each cooked base with a couple of spoonfuls of the creme fraiche and parmesan mixture, and spread to a thin layer. Layer on a few rounds of courgette and slices of mushrooms, then half a ball of shredded mozzarella to each pizza.

- Finally, dot on some tiny spoonfuls of caremelised onion chutney, before transferring the pizzas to an oven preheated to 220 degrees celsius to cook for around 7 minutes, or until the mozzarella has melted.

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Don’t be put off by the idea of making the bases- it really is so simple, and *so* incredibly satifisying! I hope you love the recipe as much as we do…

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  • Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic

    I recently went back to eating pizza – although mine is gluten free and based on oil mostly – but I must admit I never thought of making it tomato-less. Must give it a go!

  • Melanie Fontaine

    I love the idea of preparing a few pizza bases to always have a quick weeknight dinner at hand! I don’t have a lot of time in the evenings right now, so every little bit of time that I can save on cooking while still having a nice home-cooked meal is definitely appreciated! I will definitely give this a go some time soon! :)

  • Melanie@Toots + Dill

    I love all things pizza!!! I’ve used pesto for my sauce once in a while but this is a whole new level of yummy!!! Buffalo mozzarella?!?! Yummy!! =)

  • NatalieLeanne

    Ahh this looks so delicious!

  • Sophie Blumenthal

    THAT looks heavenly, omggg.

    Sophie x

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Mmm, homemade pizza is the best!! This recipe look fantastic. xxx

  • ninegrandstudent

    As someone allergic to tomatoes this sounds heavenly! I’ve struggled to make a good white pizza sauce so will give this a go! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Khatija

    I’ve always been worried about cooking pizza base without a pizza stone! this looks delicious and I like the whole no tomato thing, I remember ordering one by mistake and feeling very puzzled as pizza without any red looks really strange but it was delicious (more cheeese!!) xx

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Sounds delicious! xxx

  • Leanne Rayment

    I’m looking forward to trying this! Your last pizza recipe is my go to pizza recipe and now a firm favourite in our house!

  • Abby | Lace & Lilacs

    Oh, this looks delicious, Rosie. I just love it! <3

  • Caz

    This looks amazing – I love your food posts! I’m definitely going to make this as a treat this weekend :)

    Caz | This is Caz

  • Hannah Lucy

    I’m dribbling over here!

    Hannah | Oh January

  • Kathryn

    This looks delicious! You can’t beat homemade pizza!

    Kathryn | Hungry Little Bear

  • Jasmin Bleeks

    This looks phenomenal, I dream of owning a pizza oven some day, great topping choice too. Can’t beat mushrooms on a pizza

  • Kayleigh

    This pizza base looks so delicious! Tomato sauce will always be my favourite, but I’d love to try something different!

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Oh my goshie – yes – a million times yes! Totally making this at the weekend!


  • Olivia Grace

    Oh this just looks dreamy!

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