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If you're looking for a change from the traditional tomato-based pizza sauce, this is your sign to try white garlic pizza sauce! This is a flavorful, creamy, and easy-to-make pizza sauce that will bring a beautiful garlic taste to your ‘za!
Get ready for a delicious pizza party! All you'll need is 10 minutes to bring this garlic pizza sauce recipe together – and you heard it here first, it'll become an instant favorite.
If you're planning ahead, make our all-time favorite homemade pizza dough recipe. You'll need to start it the day before, but it is well worth the wait. Or pick up a crust from the grocery store – it will be delicious, too!
This pizza sauce is a quick and easy version of the roasted garlic pizza sauce that we use on our butternut squash pizza (pictured below). Instead of roasting the garlic, we saute it in butter which saves a lot of time and results in a more robust garlic flavor.
This garlic pizza sauce uses simple ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen. Once you pull the ingredients together and make the sauce, all that's left to do is smother it on your favorite pizza dough and top it to your heart's desire!
- Butter: use butter for a rich flavor for this sauce. You can also use olive oil, but it will have a lighter flavor.
- Garlic cloves: Mmmm, garlic. You'll need finely minced garlic as the star of this show.
- All-purpose flour: This will thicken up the sauce so it's the right consistency for the base of a pizza.
- Milk: constantly whisk the milk so that it gets bubbly and thick.
- Grated parmesan cheese: parmesan goes in at the very end, and whisk until it's combined and smooth. Use freshly grated parmesan for the best flavor and texture. Other firm cheeses such as grana padano or pecorino also work well.
- Sea salt & pepper: add seasoning in small amounts, or to your taste.
How to make garlic sauce for pizza
You're 4 easy steps away from delicious, creamy, garlic-y pizza sauce goodness.
- Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan and add the garlic. Even at step one, it smells incredible!
- Add the flour and do not stop stirring. The sauce should not brown.
- Add the milk all at once and whisk until there are no lumps of flour and then let it simmer until it thickens. Whisk in the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
- Spread on your favorite pizza dough!
Best toppings for white garlic sauce
Pizza night's here, you've made your dough and white sauce and now it's time for toppings. Here are some options that pair nicely with this creamy garlic sauce:
- Fresh arugula
- Fresh basil
- Broccoli florets
- Red peppers
How long does white garlic pizza sauce last?
Let the sauce cool before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge; it will last about 5 days.
Can I make a dairy-free version of this garlic pizza sauce?
Sure can! You can substitute vegan butter, soy or cashew milk, and vegan parmesan cheese to make this a wonderful dairy-free pizza option. You may want to add a little extra salt and pepper to make the flavor sing.
What else can you use this sauce for?
It makes for a great pizza dipping sauce, or you can thin it out to make a pasta sauce, or a tasty sauce over chicken.
Can I freeze white garlic pizza sauce?
Since this is a cream-based sauce, freezing it may result in separation.
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- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic (finely minced)
- 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon EACH: sea salt and pepper
- Melt the butter in a medium-sized frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and let it cook for 1 minute.2 tablespoons butter, 4 cloves garlic
- Add the flour and stir constantly for 1 minute. Do not let it brown.2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- Add the milk all at once and whisk until there are no lumps of flour. Let it come to a simmer for 2 minutes, or until it thickens. Whisk in the parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.1 cup milk, ¼ teaspoon EACH: sea salt and pepper, ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Spread about ⅓ cup on a 12-inch pizza dough. Add your favorite toppings and bake according to the dough instructions.
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.