This White Pizza Recipe also known as Pizza Bianca, an easy tasty pizza made with pancetta, mozzarella, parmesan flakes and arugula. So good, you will never miss the Sauce!
Whenever I made pizza, ate it in a restaurant or ordered take out it was always red pizza with olives or a classic Margherita. Never white, why? I have no idea!
How to make it
Prepare your pizza dough, whether you are making homemade or store bought.
Place the dough on a pizza pan or even a cookie sheet will work, stretch the dough to form your desired shape, top with pancetta and a drizzle of olive oil, and bake.
Remove from the oven and top with grated mozzarella cheese, bake for another few minutes until the cheese has melted. Just before serving top with arugula (rocket) and sprinkle with flakes of parmesan. Serve while hot.
Quite awhile ago, I was out shopping with my sister-in-law and I noticed her buying arugula and parmesan. At that time I wasn’t really impressed with Rugula/Rocket (arugula) and I asked her what she was planning to do with it. She told me she made pizza with it. We discussed how I had never really used arugula and then she told me about one of the most scrumptious pizzas ever, which I am sharing today.
Who invented Pizza?
It is thought that the Italian baker Raffaele Esposito from Naples was the first to make a “pizza pie”. Although it is also thought that street vendors in Naples would sell flatbreads with toppings for many years before Raffaele.
Apparently the Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita visited Naples sometime in 1889. Esposito was asked to make a pizza for them. He proceeded to top the pizza with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil. That pizza was named Pizza Margherita and of course is still extremely popular today.
So what exactly is a White Pizza?
One thing I have learned since I’ve been living in Italy is that White Pizza is extremely underrated. There are basically two types of Pizza Bianca here, one with just a drizzle of olive oil and sometimes coarse salt, that is purchased usually as a snack, especially for kids. Or sometimes it is sliced through the centre and stuffed with mortadella (so good). And of course this type, which is usually served in restaurants.
Pancetta can be substituted with Italian sausage or even shrimp. You can use fresh or grilled vegetables as your topping as long as you don’t add tomatoes. You can also use a store bought crust but the best way to enjoy pizza is to make your own dough. Pizza dough is one of the easiest yeast doughs to make and so worth it.
How to store it
Any leftover pizza should be wrapped and stored in the fridge. You can re heat it in the microwave or a low oven. If you know you are going to have leftovers then it might be a good idea to add the arugula before serving as re heating will wilt and dry it up.
More White Pizza Recipes
Now for every Red Pizza I make I will make 2 White Pizzas, so give it a try, nothing beats a great and tasty White Pizza Recipe. I bet you won’t even miss the sauce. Buon Appetito!
Italian Pizza Bianca/White
- 1 pizza crust (homemade or store bought)
- 3/4 cup pancetta (chopped)
- 1 cup firm mozzarella (shredded)
- 1-2 tablespoons flaked fresh parmesan cheese (flake with a potato peeler)
- 1 cup fresh arugula ( if the leaves are large cut in half)
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pre-heat oven to 425-450F (225-250C). Lightly oil a 12 inch pizza pan (30 cm).
- Prepare your pizza dough, whether you are making Homemade or store bought. Place the dough on a pizza pan or even a cookie sheet will work, stretch the dough to form your desired shape, top with the cubed pancetta and a drizzle of olive oil, and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until crust is golden and baked.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and top with the shredded mozzarella cheese, bake for approximately 3 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven, top with arugula (rocket) and sprinkle with flakes of parmesan. Serve while hot. Enjoy!
Updated from February 24, 2018.