This White Pizza Sauce is essentially an easy garlic alfredo. It comes together in about 5 minutes and is our family’s favorite over homemade Pizza Crust! You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make a batch of pizza sauce for your next pizza party and it keeps really well in the fridge.

White pizza sauce in mason jar and on spoon

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The Best White Pizza Sauce!

Growing up, I remember my mother making the best white sauce for pizza and it’s no wonder this is the pizza sauce my kids request the most often. My children’s favorite pizza is a classic cheese pizza and this sauce is perfect because it has so much flavor with the garlic and parmesan that you don’t need anything but a generous layer of mozzarella cheese over it.

P.S. If you prefer a classic tomato sauce, try our homemade Red Sauce for Pizza.

white pizza sauce spread onto homemade pizza crust

What is White Pizza Sauce Made Of?

This recipe uses simple pantry and refrigerator staples and whipping up a batch couldn’t be easier. It is made of milk, salt, pepper, garlic, and parmesan cheese. The butter and flour serve to thicken the sauce and create a rich alfredo sauce. This recipe makes 1 1/2 cups of white sauce or enough for 4 (10-inch) pizzas.

Ingredients for white pizza sauce with milk, parmesan, garlic, butter, flour and seasonings

How to Make White Sauce for Pizza:

All you need is a saucepan and a whisk. This sauce comes together in just 5 minutes or less so have everything measured out and ready before turning on the stove.

  1. Melt butter in a pan on medium heat. Add flour and whisk 1-2 minutes (do not brown).
  2. Slowly add milk while whisking and stir until smooth, thick, and bubbly.
  3. Whisk in salt, pepper, and garlic.
  4. Add parmesan cheese and whisk 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir until cheese melts.

Process photos for how to make white sauce for pizza in a saucepan

Which Pizza Toppings are best with White Sauce?

I would say just about any toppings are delicious over a white sauce pizza, but our favorites include:

  • Cheese: shredded mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, parmesan
  • Meats: chicken, crispy bacon, ham, pancetta, pepperoni
  • Vegetables: artichoke, tomatoes, jalapenos, spinach, roasted garlic, banana peppers, black olives, fresh spinach, mushrooms, roasted bell peppers

White sauce pizza topped with mozzarella cheese

How to Store Sauce: 

To store, let the sauce cool to room temperature then transfer to a Tupperware or mason jar, cover, and refrigerate up to 5 days. The sauce will thicken more as it cools, but will still be creamy enough to easily spread over pizza dough. If you wish to thicken the sauce, you can rewarm slightly in the microwave just until spreadable.

Pro Tip: A cream sauce is best refrigerated and not frozen or separation may occur.

white garlic pizza sauce in a saucepan with mixing spoon

This is so much better than the white sauce in pizza chains and I hope it becomes a new favorite for you. It reminds me of creamy alfredo pasta!

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

White Pizza Sauce Recipe (Quick & Easy)

5 from 261 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
White pizza sauce on a spoon and in mason jar
This White Pizza Sauce is essentially an easy garlic alfredo. It has simple ingredients and comes together in about 5 minutes. It is a family favorite and so much better than the white sauce in pizza chains.
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 people (makes 1 1/2 cups sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk, (2% or whole milk)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely grated
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and continue whisking for 1-2 minutes (do not let it brown).
  • Slowly add milk, whisking constantly until smooth, thickened, and bubbly.
  • Whisk in 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, and pressed garlic.
  • Add parmesan cheese and whisk another 30 seconds. Remove from heat and continue whisking just until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth then set aside to cool before using for pizza. Do not boil after adding cheese or sauce may curdle. Once cooled, cover and refrigerate up to 5 days.

Notes

Makes 1 1/2 cups of pizza sauce or enough for 4 (10-inch) pizzas.

Nutrition Per Serving

64kcal Calories4g Carbs3g Protein4g Fat3g Saturated Fat13mg Cholesterol141mg Sodium52mg Potassium1g Fiber2g Sugar151IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C83mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
White Pizza Sauce Recipe (Quick & Easy)
Amount per Serving
Calories
64
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
13
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
141
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
52
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
151
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
83
mg
8
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Condiments, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: white garlic pizza sauce, white pizza sauce
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 64

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • MariaMD
    April 14, 2024

    He hecho esta salsa varias veces y las personas se quedan encantadas de lo divina que queda…gracias

    Reply

  • Judy
    March 1, 2024

    Great recipe, we loved it! I used it as the sauce for a Mediterranean style flatbread pizza I made for dinner tonight—-Greek seasoned grilled chopped chicken breast, feta, Kalamata olives, red pepper, artichoke hearts, red onion —-these were the toppings. So good!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 1, 2024

      That sounds delicious, Judy! Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Shauna
    February 14, 2024

    I used this as a base for dill pickle pizza which turned out to be so good!

    10/10 will be making this again and already added the recipe to my book. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 14, 2024

      That sounds interesting! I’ve never had dill pickle pizza.
      I’m so glad you loved the sauce!

      Reply

  • Gillian Philip
    February 2, 2024

    This is the one!! Easy, tasty and perfect white pizza sauce 🥳 makes a good amount to cover 2 decent sized pizzas and keeps great in the fridge until ready to use – love it 🤩

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 2, 2024

      I’m so glad to Great that! Thanks for the wonderful feedback.

      Reply

  • Tiffany
    January 14, 2024

    Absolutely delicious! My oldest does not like tomato sauce and I did not have any premade Alfredo but wanted to make a white pizza for them. Thank you! This was incredibly easy and so tasty I’m eating it too!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 14, 2024

      Hi Tiffany! I’m glad you found this recipe. Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Erin
    December 27, 2023

    This recipe is outstanding! It was so easy and went perfectly on our pizzas… THANK YOU!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 27, 2023

      You’re welcome, Erin! So glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • Roger
    December 24, 2023

    Made this last night and it was excellent. Very easy to make and use. This will be my go to when needing a white sauce.

    Reply

  • Deb Johnson
    December 6, 2023

    This is my “go to” recipe for my bacon, tomato and jalopena pizza! Easy sauce to make a head of time and perfect every time.

    Reply

  • Janet
    October 23, 2023

    We enjoyed your recipe for white pizza sauce this evening!
    It actually is the best pizza I have ever made!
    Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 24, 2023

      Love it! Thanks so much for your good comments and review, Janet.

      Reply

  • JL
    October 4, 2023

    My kids have to be gluten free (they have celiac disease). Would this work with a 1:1 gluten free flour?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 5, 2023

      Hi JL. I haven’t tested it but I think it would work. Let us know if you experiment.

      Reply

    • Sheree
      March 3, 2024

      I have celiac so I have to eat gluten-free too. Whenever I thicken a sauce, I replace the all-purpose flour with cornstarch. It is cheaper than a gluten-free flour blend and it works great as a thickener!

      Reply

  • Aileen Siquioco Sigua
    September 25, 2023

    Thank you so much! It’s my first time to make white sauce for pizza. It’s delicious with the toppings.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 25, 2023

      You’re welcome!

      Reply

  • Grace
    September 14, 2023

    You are my go to for delicious family meals. I tried your white pizza sauce and pizza dough. So amazing. We love you and your recipes!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2023

      Thank you so much for your trust, Grace. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Marlene
    August 27, 2023

    Hi, I had some family over for dinner last nite. I made 3 pizzas & one I made with your white sauce. I had a difficult to thicken…added a little bit flour..so over 20 minutes, it finally thickened. Well, everyone’s favourite was your pizza with the white pizza sauce. Just delicious..will definitely be making more in the future. Thanks for such a great recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 27, 2023

      Hi Marlene! I’m glad the recipe was enjoyed. Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Jody
    July 7, 2023

    I love this sauce. I made a pizza with chicken, spinach, basil, feta, black olives and sun dried red peppers.

    I live in a community where some of the people can’t get out much. I served them my pizza tonight and they went crazy. I’m going to try your sauce next on a seafood pay.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 8, 2023

      That’s amazing, Jody! I’m so glad it was a hit. Thank you for trying my recipe.

      Reply

  • Cynthia Bengson
    July 2, 2023

    Hi Natasha. Would like to know if fresh milk is a good substitute for whole milk, as it’s what I have now in my kitchen 🙂 Thank you.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 3, 2023

      Hi Cynthia! I assume that would work, but I have not tested it.

      Reply

  • JB
    May 28, 2023

    It was great. Just one question- The picture shows the cheese in a 1/3 cup and the recipe is 1/4 cup. Which is correct?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 28, 2023

      Hi JB, I recommend following the recipe card. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

      Reply

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