Traditional Italian White Pizza With Pesto

White pizza is a pizza without tomato sauce, my favourite originates just around the corner in the Italian Riviera: Pizza with Stracchino and Pesto. To make pizza I use the traditional Italian Pizza dough recipe.

Traditional Italian White Pizza With Stracchino and Pesto

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There are many types of white pizza, usually topped with ingredients whose taste would be overpowered by the tomato sauce. 

I like white pizza, as generally, it is a vegetable celebration, and there are so many varieties of vegetables that are perfect just with cheese.

So I created a list of different pizza toppings made with Mediterranean vegetables combined with regional cheeses.

This is my first topping, even if basil is a herb.

You will also find Pizza with Artichokes, Pizza with Mushrooms and Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes.

I will update the list regularly as new vegetables are in season. 

Stracchino is one of my favourite cheeses, it is creamy, smooth and with a fresh taste.

I can easily eat a kilo at once.

I have published some time ago a focaccia sandwich made with stracchino, culatello and rucola and you can find it in the article:

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Stracchino is a cheese made of cow milk originated from Lombardia region.

However I had my first Pizza with Stracchino in a Pizzeria in Genova, and it was a fantastic discovery.

I don't even remember if it was served with Genovese Pesto, but this combination is perfect for me. 

Stracchino o crescenza

Spread the stracchino on the pizza

Stracchino is also called Crescenza, which is the same cheese but seasoned only for 20 to 60 days.

Here in France, you can buy it online at Giustini, and this is not an affiliate link.

Wherever you are in the world, you might find it in an Italian food speciality store.

If you cannot find it, you can also use burrata or Mozzarella di Bufala.

To make the pizza dough I use the bread machine Kenwood and this is my affiliate link, it is very convenient and it always comes out perfect.

If you want to know what else I do with my bread machine you can read here the article.

Bread Machine

If you don’t have the bread machine, see post: How to make the Pizza dough without a bread machine.


Traditional Italian White Pizza With Pesto

This recipe uses the Kenwood bread machine.

If you don't have a bread machine see: How to make the Pizza dough without a bread machine.

For instructions on recipes template see post: Food Madness: Digital & Apps

For measurement conversions see post: How much is a Cup in grams and the most useful cooking conversions

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Traditional Italian White Pizza With Stracchino and Pesto

Traditional Italian White Pizza With Pesto
Prep Time
10 mins

Cook Time
10 mins

Total Time
20 mins

 

White pizza is a pizza without tomatoes sauce, my favourite originates just around the corner in the Italian Riviera, Genova: Pizza with Stracchino and Pesto.
Course:

Main Course
Cuisine:

Italian
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 834 kcal

Ingredients
Pizza Dough
  • 450
    gr
    flour
    (Type 55, All purpose, Plain, Type 0)
  • 250
    ml
    water
  • 1
    tsp
    salt
  • 1
    package
    yeast
For the topping
  • 150
    gr
    stracchino
For the pesto
  • 25
    gr
    basil leaves
  • 3
    tbsp
    Parmesan cheese
  • 1
    tbsp
    pecorino cheese
  • 1/4
    cup
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2
    tbsp
    pine nuts
  • 1
    pinch
    salt

Instructions
Make the pizza dough
  1. Pour the ingredients into the machine and set the program for fresh dough, number 13 on the Kenwood. NB: when using the bread machine the ingredients should be placed in the exact order as listed above, liquids first.
    make the dough in the bread machine
  2. For best result, let the dough rest in the fridge overnight, well floured and wrapped in a plastic bag, otherwise, it will crawl all over the fridge.

    Wrap the pizza dough in the fridge
Make the pesto
  1. Add all the ingredients for the pesto in a blender. 
    Basil Parmesan and olive oil
  2. The pesto should be mixed gradually with pulsing movements. If mixed continuously the heat created by the blades will oxidize the basil turning the pesto into a dark colour.
    Genovese pesto
Prepare the pizza
  1. Once the dough is ready, cut it into 3 equal sizes and lay them down on a well-floured baking sheet.

    cut the dough into 4 equal sizes
  2. When the dough is rolled flat, it needs to rest for at least 10 minutes before it rises. In the meantime, put the pizza stone in the cold oven and set the oven at 220 C.
  3. Once the oven reaches the temperature of 220C, take the pizza stone out of the oven and lay the dough on top.
  4. Top it with the stracchino cheese

    Spread the stracchino on the pizza
  5. Drizzle with the pesto

  6. Cook it in the hot oven for 10 minutes 

    Traditional Italian White Pizza With Stracchino and Pesto

Recipe Notes

Calories 834 calories per serving
Fat 34 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 110 gr per serving
Proteins 10 gr per serving
Sugar 5 gr per serving
Sodium 1574 mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely

White pizza is a pizza without tomatoes sauce, my favourite originates just around the corner in the Italian Riviera, Genova: Pizza with Stracchino and Pesto.

  10 comments for “Traditional Italian White Pizza With Pesto

  1. 2nd February 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I love white pizza!! Any kind will do for me! Laura, your pesto pizza looks divine! I have GOT to get a bread machine so I can make your pizza easily! Another great recipe!

    • Laura
      2nd February 2018 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you Elaine, you should really come and visit. We can have a pizza party

  2. 2nd February 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I have never had a white pizza Laura so I have to make this as my family love pizza! The cheese looks amazing!

    • Laura
      3rd February 2018 at 6:27 am

      Really? You should try it Amanda. I am sure you will all love it. More ideas coming up soon

  3. 2nd February 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I adore white pizza! and with pesto, even more so! This really looks fantastic!

    • Laura
      3rd February 2018 at 6:26 am

      Thank you, white pizza are my favourite too

  4. 2nd February 2018 at 4:04 pm

    This pizza looks ultra cheesy and so yummy! That pesto is such a beautiful color!

    • Laura
      3rd February 2018 at 6:26 am

      Thank you

  5. Beth
    3rd February 2018 at 6:20 pm

    This pizza looks so delicious! I love white pizzas! I haven’t had stracchino cheese! I have to find some because I know that you know your cheeses!

    • Laura
      3rd February 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Oh yes, I know my cheese

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