Finished pizza on butcher block
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Many years ago, my sister-in-law made these pizzas as an appetizer at a christening party. When she told me the secret ingredient was mayonnaise, I had concerns but four slices later, I was begging for the recipe.

Close up of cheese basil tomato white pizza

I’ve tweaked the recipe over the years but the general idea remains so, to me, it will always be Michelle’s pizza. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

For more great food ideas, check out my Pinterest food board. I’ve been gathering ideas there for many years, so it’s a large collection.

Bowl of ingredients featuring mayonnaise, Parmesan, garlic, and basil

Pizza crust with cheese and tomatoes
The first step to building the pizza – a layer of cheese and a layer of tomatoes.
Pizza with white sauce before baking
The next step – adding sauce to the tomatoes.

NOTES –

  • This recipe is not for a wet dough, bake it first or use a prebaked crust or Na’an. I use Boboli crusts.
  • If I’m not making my own, I always use Duke’s mayonnaise. There is a difference, and it’s the best.
  • The amount of garlic is subjective, you do you.
  • It’s best to use grated Parmesan for the texture to work out. I grate my own or use 4C because it has no gross fillers.
  • Any herbs you like will work, I like lots of basil and sometimes add arugula.
  • If you like a super crisp crust, you can bake on the rack but it can be difficult to get the cheese browned without burning the bottom so I prefer a pizza pan or sheet pan.
  • Bake on the middle rack, not low like you would raw pizza.
  • For best results, cool on a cooling rack to warm or room temperature before cutting.
Pizza completed and ready for the oven
Another layer of cheese – ready for the oven.

White Basil Pizza

A flexible, rich pizza recipe with an unexpected ingredient. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 slices

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonaise
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 8 leaves basil torn or cut into small pieces
  • 3 small tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 1 premade pizza crust
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450F. 
  • Mix mayonnaise, garlic, Parmesan, and basil by hand in mixing bowl.
  • On the crust, spread 1 cup Mozzarella then cover with sliced tomatoes.
  • Spread mayonnaise mixture (it’s a bit as though you’re icing the tomatoes), add remaining 1 cup Mozzarella.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes until browned and bubbly.

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