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White Pizza Sauce (Quick & Easy)

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!

White Pizza Sauce Recipe (Quick & Easy)

5 from 14 votes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $1-$2
Keyword: white garlic pizza sauce, white pizza sauce
Cuisine: American
Course: Condiments, Sauce
Calories: 64 kcal
Servings: 8 people (makes 1 1/2 cups sauce)

Ingredients

  • 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

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and continue whisking for 1-2 minutes (do not let it brown).

  2. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly until smooth, thickened, and bubbly.

  3. Whisk in 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, and pressed garlic.

  4. 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.

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
White Pizza Sauce Recipe (Quick & Easy)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 141mg6%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 151IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Zoe
    July 30, 2020

    Hi Natasha, this recipe is just delicious! Thanks so much for it!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 30, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Zoe!

      Reply

  • Rebecca
    July 23, 2020

    I so enjoy your energy and the way you can put together any dish and make it look easy. You are my favorite blogger! Please keep the delicious recipes coming!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2020

      You’re so nice! Thank you Rebecca!

      Reply

  • Dave
    July 16, 2020

    I made this white sauce and it was awesome. I put overcooked shell shaped pasta on top of this pizza sauce and covered that will shredded mozzarella. It was a real hit with the kids (except the pasta which was not covered with cheese did get a little crunchy in the oven). And – the next day the leftover sauce and pasta combined made a nice lunch with some shrimp we had

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 16, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Dave! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Siti
    June 26, 2020

    Hi. I dont have parmesan buy i have mozarella. Can i make white sauce made of mozarella?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2020

      Hi Siti, This white sauce uses Parmesan cheese – you need freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese. If you don’t have freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese, you can substitute it with Gruyere cheese or shredded Mozzarella cheese although the flavor profile and texture will be different.

      Reply

  • Cleo
    June 20, 2020

    This was delicious! Such a good pizza sauce and it goes very well with chicken. The only note is that if your garlic cloves are large the sauce will taste very garlicy, just something to keep in mind!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 21, 2020

      Thanks for your excellent feedback and tip, Cleo!

      Reply

  • Najmie
    June 17, 2020

    Hi Natasha,
    Today I watched your videos for the first time,I really liked them esp.the pizza dough one,cant wait make it now😁Pizza crust looks amazingly mouth watering!
    Is it going to give the same results without pizza stone?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 17, 2020

      Thanks for watching! Others shared that they used a pizza pan and it worked too.

      Reply

  • Chris
    June 13, 2020

    This sauce is great! But, one extra 1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder puts it over the top!
    (For all the gah-lic lova’s!)

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 13, 2020

      Thank you for sharing that great tip! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Ricki
    June 13, 2020

    Hi, Natasha! I absolutely love your pizza crust recipe and red sauce recipe and use it at least once a week! For this white pizza sauce, do you think half and half or heavy whipping cream would work? My 4 year old has me perpetually always out of milk, but I make a lot of things from scratch and always seem to have those two ready on hand. Also from one mom to another, thanks for making recipes my very picky son always loves! xoxo

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 13, 2020

      Hi Ricki, I bet that could work! If you experiment please let me know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Amirah
    June 12, 2020

    hii Natasha!!! wanna try making your pizza dough but I need a sauce thought this would be perfect but the only problem is i don’t have any cheese other than sandwich cheese slices.Can i make it without cheese? or can i add the sandwich cheese instead?

    thanks a bunch:)

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 12, 2020

      Hi Amirah, it’s your prerogative but the sauce is not awesome without cheese. Your cheddar cheese would work but the result will just not be as good as the original recipe.

      Reply

      • Amirah
        June 13, 2020

        Thanks Natasha will try to find some parmesan cheese

        Reply

  • Dolores Stromberg
    May 27, 2020

    Hello Natasha! I enjoy seeing your videos and recipes online! You go into detail with helpful pictures/videos and instructions for each recipe. My question is about the pizza dough. Can I roll out the dough rather than stretching out on my knuckles? The first ball of dough I stretched on my knuckles but the pizza dough got holes in it and became very thin. It was hard to do with my knuckles! I want to roll out the second ball of dough instead. I’m also going to try this recipe using whole wheat flour. The end results was delicious, chewy, cheesy crust/pizza!
    Thank you for any suggestions!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 27, 2020

      Rolling it out isn’t ideal because you can easily burst the bubbles that you want to stay inside the crust. You might watch some more tutorials online on how to roll it on the knuckles. I probably could have made that video portion longer.

      Reply

  • Steve Oh
    May 24, 2020

    Have you tried this with clams as a topping?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 25, 2020

      Hello Steve, I haven’t tried that yet but please share with us how you liked it if you try!

      Reply

  • Kelly
    May 23, 2020

    When I tasted this I was holy Sh@$$%!! So easy and fast. Using this on my pizza tonight with roasted garlic and thin shaved steak. Yum!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 23, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Kelly!

      Reply

  • Bron
    May 22, 2020

    This is simply amazing! Just give it a try and see for yourself!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 22, 2020

      Thank you for that wonderful review, Bron! I’m so glad you enjoyed that.

      Reply

  • Vineeta Bhalla
    May 21, 2020

    I made the dough and the white sauce with parmigiano reggiano and it turned out perfect. My toppings were sliced potatoes and green olives. It was the best pizza! Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 21, 2020

      That is so awesome! Thanks for giving this recipe a great feedback!

      Reply

  • A
    May 20, 2020

    parmesan cheese isnt available (literally all that is available is cheddar, mozerella and cream cheese) where I am. Can you recommend adjustments I can make to the sauce or topping?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 20, 2020

      Hi, I haven’t tried the white sauce with those cheeses but I suspect they would clump. You could just make the sauce without the cheese and add a little more salt to taste. It will still be a good white sauce.

      Reply

  • Kelly
    May 18, 2020

    This was amazing! I didn’t realize I was missing white pizza until I made this and now I want it all the time!

    Question: Mine came out really thick and was a little difficult to spread on the dough. Did I do something wrong or is it supposed to be very thick? Is there a way to thin it?

    2nd question: How long will leftovers last in the fridge?

    Thanks,
    Kelly

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    • Natasha
      May 18, 2020

      Hi Kelly, make sure to measure flour using a measuring spoon so you aren’t getting too much flour which can make it too thick. If it seems too thick after refrigeration, you can warm it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds for it to loosen and be easier to spread.

      Reply

  • MB
    May 17, 2020

    Perfect!

    Reply

  • Kristina
    May 13, 2020

    Incredibly easy and incredibly good! I forgot all about the fresh garlic and had to sub powder but it was still excellent. So creamy and great flavor! My 4 year old devoured her pizza slice. We will definitely be making again!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 13, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Saima
    May 11, 2020

    Natasha can we substitute fresh s Parmesan cheese for the one in the bottle as I don’t have it on hand at this moment and I need to make the Pizzs sauce

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 11, 2020

      Hello Saima, we prefer fresh but if that’s what you have on hand that should work too. Please let us know how it goes and enjoy!

      Reply

  • Heather A.
    May 9, 2020

    This sauce is delicious! However, the recipe makes more than I will use in the next week. Does it freeze well?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 9, 2020

      Hi Heather, this sauce will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days but I have not tested with freezing it. I worry the cream will separate. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Bianca
    April 26, 2020

    Can I use Almond milk instead a regular milk?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 26, 2020

      Hello Bianca, it sounds like a good idea however I haven’t personally tried that yet to advise. Please share with us how it goes if you do an experiment.

      Reply

  • Scott
    April 25, 2020

    Just a question. Can I omit the salt and use salted butter, that’s what I have in my fridge right now.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      April 26, 2020

      Hi Scott, yes that would work fine, just add salt to taste if needed.

      Reply

  • Darlene
    April 25, 2020

    Would you use this leftover sauce on pasta? My child is going through a picky phase and eats pasta plain with Parmesan cheese

    Can’t wait to try pizza dough. My husband is experimenting tonight. I’m taking the weekend off from all cooking and cleaning duties

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 25, 2020

      Hi Darlene, I bet that could work! If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe!

      Reply

  • Lisalia
    April 23, 2020

    Yummy! I made this for dinner tonight. We haven’t had a white sauce before. Usually tomato. It was so good and so easy to make. Thanks!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 24, 2020

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us, happy to know that you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Julie Blanner
    April 23, 2020

    Love this! It’s such a great way to switch up our usual pizza night! It was so easy to make and we are going to be making it again!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 23, 2020

      Glad that you enjoyed it Julie! Thanks for sharing and giving this recipe a try.

      Reply

  • Lily
    April 23, 2020

    This white sauce was so creamy and delicious, everyone loved it. This is a recipe I will most defiantly be coming back to over and over again.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 23, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

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