Creamy White Pizza Sauce

Creamy white sauce for pizza recipe

The Spruce Eats / Viktoriya Stoeva

  • Total: 23 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 13 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
132 Calories
7g Fat
12g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 132
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 5g
Calcium 169mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Looking for a white sauce you can use to try your hand at a gourmet white pizza? Here's a basic white sauce for pizza made from simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen at home: butter, flour, milk, garlic powder, Italian seasonings, and plenty of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 

Use this white cream sauce to top pizza or pasta. This is a rich, heavy and delicious cream sauce, so very little is needed in order to get a great flavor. The garlic powder, Italian seasonings and salt and pepper are barely even needed with all that milk, butter, and Parmesan cheese! Use it to create the perfect vegetarian pizza! Vegetarian pizza, when made at home, doesn't have to be full of grease and fat if you keep the cheese to a minimum, and it makes for a wonderfully simple and easy vegetarian dinner to cook at home.  

This recipe makes a generous amount; more than enough white sauce for one large pizza.

Looking for more creative ways to enjoy homemade vegetarian pizza? ​Here are some vegetarian pizza ideas, including pesto pizza, pizza bagels for kids, grilled eggplant pizza, apple and pumpkin pizza, goat cheese pizza and much, much more. Enjoy!


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cup cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or a blend of basil and oregano)
  • Dash sea salt (or Kosher salt)
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese (grated)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for creamy white pizza sauce
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  2. First, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat (using just enough heat to get the butter to melt) and then add in the flour, stirring until thick and pasty. Using a fork is best for this. You'll end up with a pasty white clump, essentially. 

    Melt butter in saucepan
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  3. Turn up the heat to medium-low and then slowly add in the milk, whisking it all together and stirring constantly to avoid lumps.

    Add in milk
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  4. Add in the garlic powder, the Italian seasoning (or a blend of basil and oregano), salt, and pepper (sea salt or Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper are almost always best and highly recommended) and allow your sauce to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, or until it has thickened.

    Add seasoning
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  5. Stir in the freshly grated Parmesan cheese until the cheese has melted and is well incorporated.

    Stir in parmesan cheese
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  6. Use on your pizza or pasta and enjoy!

    Use on pasta
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  • Your white sauce will thicken further as it cools, so add in a bit more milk if needed and, conversely, don't worry if it seems too thin while on the stovetop over the heat.