Mushroom and Garlic White Pizza


Recently, a number of blogs have reminded me that there hasn’t been a pizza featured on frugalfeeding for quite some time. I don’t necessarily feel that an average, commonly found pizza has much of a place on food blogs, since everyone knows what they are and how to make them. This recipe, however, clearly isn’t average, since the base isn’t spread with tomato sauce. Instead, it is scattered with cheese that melts readily, such as cheddar or mozzarella. This is an idea which first came to my attention during a visit to a pizza café in Bristol, which served something similar to this, only with caramelised onions and less mushrooms and garlic. It was delicious and I’ve been fascinated with the idea ever since.

As you might imagine, the replacement of the tomato sauce on the base by a thin layer of cheese makes the whole pizza-eating experience that little bit lighter. In addition to this, it also has the effect of bringing to the fore the flavours of the topping; an admirable trait, to say the least. There is, of course, nothing wrong with making a pizza using tomato sauce, but it is a shame to disguise the flavour of some of the more delicious and delicately flavoured ingredients out there. You may be sceptical, but give it a try – it simply won’t disappoint. Then again, such a claim is only true if one is a fan of cheese.

I’d highly recommend making one’s own base for a pizza such as this; it would be such a shame to sully the overall effect with sub-par bread. Why not do what I did and follow a Jamie Oliver recipe, divide it into portions and freeze it for later use. In doing this, one can make enough pizza dough for 5-6 meals in around a couple of hours. Don’t be lazy, there’s no need for it.

On a different note, isn’t it brilliant that Nadal has crashed out of Wimbledon? To be honest, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes, but in my opinion, he showed just how petulant he can be when things aren’t going his way. The silly Spaniard.  Not that I have anything against Spaniards… or silly people.

Mushroom and Garlic White Pizza

Serves 2-4


• 1 ball of pizza dough

• 80g mozzarella cheese

• A generous handful of mature cheddar cheese

• 150g chestnut mushrooms, quartered

• A clove of garlic, mashed

• A little olive oil

• A handful of rocket leaves, to serve


1. Begin by frying off the mushrooms and garlic in olive oil until the former have reduced in size and most of their water content has evaporated. Stretch out the pizza base and cover it with the cheese, leave a border of a few centimetres. Add the mushrooms and garlic to the top. Pop it in the oven at around 220C.

2. Once the top of the pizza is golden, the cheese has melted and the base is hard remove the pizza from the oven. Top it with a handful of rocket and enjoy!

Cost: The pizza dough, if made at home, is extremely economical at around 15-20p. The topping is, understandably, a little more expensive, though this isn’t a particularly extravagant pizza. Indeed, the entire meal, which could serve up to four (with salad), should set one back no more than around £1.80. That’s a lot cheaper than any pre-made pizza that you’ll find anywhere.

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98 comments on “Mushroom and Garlic White Pizza

  1. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    June 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    this sounds absolutely perfect

  2. elskenewman
    June 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I love making my own pizzas and this one sounds and looks delicious! I will try it as soon as I have time to make the dough 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks so much! I hope you get round to it soon.

  3. Marina@ Picnic at Marina
    June 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Nothing can beat a homemade pizza. I absolutely love your photos, they look alive and real (there’s been so much photo editing, that sometimes I don’t even want to bother making the dish). Thanks you for the recipe. 🙂

  4. wifemeetslife
    June 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    This looks fantastic! Another pizza sauce idea: puree roasted garlic cloves into a paste and spread on the pizza dough. I have a pizza post going up tomorrow that uses this and it is UNBELIEVABLY good.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks! That sounds incredible! I adore roasted garlic.

    • crisgzr
      July 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      I had a pizza once at a long-gone restaurant. They squeezed an entire head of roasted garlic onto the pizza dough, drizzles with olive oil, topped with spinach and feta cheese then baked until cheese oozed & browned, om!g it was so good, no leftovers, at least 3 inches on my wasted waist!

      • frugalfeeding
        July 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

        That sounds amazing! This roasted garlic thing has been suggested to me. Perhaps I’ll do it! Haha!

  5. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    June 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Pizza! Possibly the perfect food! Love your white version with mushrooms. It occurred to me as I read your last line about the cost that when you make pizza at home, you could top it with just about anything (with the possible exception of truffles and caviar) and it would still be far cheaper than anything you could buy. And massively better too!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Possibly :D. Exactly – I hope I’ll prove that over the course of the next couple of weeks, Celia!

  6. onceuponarecipe
    June 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Oh goodness, this looks absolutely lovely! I adore the fact that the toppings get to shine, especially since mushrooms are one of my favorites. I can just imagine enjoying this pizza, on a patio, with a glass of chilled white wine, in the summer sunshine. *sigh*

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks, Amanda! Mushrooms really are the perfect ingredient for this. Haha, that sounds idyllic.

  7. countrywoodsmoke
    June 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    What a wonderful pizza, I love white pizzas too.
    As you say people should make their own dough, it’s so easy and the taste is amazing.

  8. Cultural Life
    June 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    That is certainly not an average pizza! It looks delicious. By the way, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (whose recipes I am enamored by) has some great pizza recipes which are also a little different than ‘normal’ pizzas. And his multi-purpose “Magic Bread Dough” recipe is awesome…it makes wonderful pizza bases and tasty bread too.

    Anyway, your pizza recipe looks like one I shall have to try too. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks! I don’t think this base could be improved on, for a standard base. I like Hugh too, though I hate following recipes if I can help it. Perhaps I’ll check them out for inspiration 😀

  9. Aimee@clevermuffin
    July 1, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Saw this on facebook and had to come have a look – but no tomato sauce on the base Nick?? I’m shocked, I just don’t know what to think. I just bought a pizza stone recently, I’ll work my way up to giving this a go 🙂

  10. Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir
    July 1, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I’m not a huge white pizza fan but this one looks super flavorful! I bet it’d be great with some sauce too. I haven’t made a homemade pizza in awhile!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks! why not give it another try? I don’t know how you can’t like it 😀

  11. ceciliag
    July 1, 2012 at 2:31 am

    fantastic.. i will definitely be making this until i get enough tomatoes from the garden to make sauce again.. I will try this with my farmers cheese.. we will see!! great post.. c

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks, Cecilia! What a good idea! I hope it turns out well.

  12. Sublime Palate
    July 1, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Who doesn’t like pizza and it’s just all the more desirable if it’s home made! The step by step recipe is so useful.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Exactly. Everything is better made at home :D. Step by step is the only way to go.

  13. lizzierosejewellery
    July 1, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Looks delish, have bookmarked the pizza dough page and will make some for the freezer, what a great idea! Thanks for encouraging me to be more frugal, I need it with the high supermarket prices in Singapore… Cath.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks! I didn’t realise they were that expensive over there – not that I’d know… I’m glad to help.

  14. Eat Healthy Be Happy
    July 1, 2012 at 5:04 am

    This looks wonderful! My dad makes a great arugula pizza. It’s basically a three cheese pizza with arugula tossed in balsamic dressing on top. It’s fabulous though. =)

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks! That sounds lovely :D. It’s one of my favourite pizza ingredients.

  15. cityhippyfarmgirl
    July 1, 2012 at 5:20 am

    there is something about mushrooms on pizza that truly rocks my tastebuds. Love them lots. Now if only I could convince the rest of the family as well.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      I completely agree! I think it’s because you can taste them so clearly.

  16. littlelotusblossom
    July 1, 2012 at 7:44 am

    My belly is grumbling for a slice of this pizza! I love its simplicity!

  17. Heike Herrling
    July 1, 2012 at 8:24 am

    you are making me very hungry!!!!

  18. Juls
    July 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I love pizza bianca. I think it was all I ate when I was in Rome (well, that and gelato). I think you’re absolutely right in saying it brings out the flavour of the toppings, whatever they may be, forcing them into the spotlight a bit more.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Oh my lord, the gelaterias in Italy are incredible. Exactly! It worked very well for these mushrooms.

  19. Laurie
    July 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    The fresh greens on top are a nice touch.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks! It’s always good to have a little colour contrast – it makes food more interesting.

  20. flowercityfoodie
    July 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I tried freezing some pizza dough recently and ended up disappointed. The fresh batch of dough made delicious pizza, but the pizza made from the previously frozen dough was flat and soggy. Have any suggestions for freezing pizza dough? Maybe I need to try the Jamie Oliver recipe. Oh, and I was happy to see Nadal exit Wimbledon too!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      We’ll see how it turns out this coming week – I’ll make sure to comment on the base! He’s annoying 😀

    • Kelly
      July 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Par-bake it for 3 or 4 minutes before freezing, then cook from frozen. I do this all the time and it is so handy. Hope the tip helps and Frugal doesn’t mind me making a suggestion!

      • frugalfeeding
        July 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm

        Honestly, I don;t see the need to do that. It worked perfectly 😀

      • flowercityfoodie
        July 6, 2012 at 3:41 am

        That’s an interesting idea, I’ll have to try it!

      • flowercityfoodie
        July 6, 2012 at 3:55 am

        Or, I’ll have to try letting my dough warm more like Frugal suggested. Next time I make it I’ll have options!

  21. ournewlifeinthecountry
    July 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    What a good idea to replace the tomato sauce with cheese, something I have never even thought of, I’ll have to give this a go and soon!

    flowercityfoodie – Pizza dough actually freezes better if you roll it into shape before you freeze it rather than leaving it in a ball.

    Sue xx

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks! It’s so delicious. The only problem with that is that it’s more difficult to store and far more brittle. But I’ll try it next time.

  22. Stephanie
    July 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Loving this combo! I love pizza – especially coming up with new toppings. I recently tried using some ricotta in place of tomato sauce – very interesting!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! It works so well. That sounds yummy.

  23. Chica Andaluza
    July 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I think I´m ending up in your spam box as my recent comments don´t seem to be on your posts 🙁 Is it because I´m living in Spain 😉 Love Pizza Bianca…..or white pizza and these flavours are wonderful.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      No, for some reason they are needing to be approved. I’ll sort it out – I’ve been awful with comments this past week. Thanks!

  24. Karla
    July 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Love it. I’m a fan of pizzas with arugula/rocket on top, adds a nice fresh peppery-ness to them. This looks great!

  25. egg me on
    July 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    What a perfectly simple little pizza. To use one of your phrases, Brilliant!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Haha, thanks! It was very simple indeed. I may go a little more complicated with the next of my dough balls though… we’ll see.

  26. Just A Smidgen
    July 2, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I’m so glad to see you’ve remedied this situation with a pizza that undoubtedly has the loveliest of flavors. I agree.. tomato sauce is very sharp and acidic, the switch to cheese has me thinking.. imagining.. so many pizzas.. but I’d have to start with yours:) Smidge
    ps who is Nadal..

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Hehe, thanks! Nadal is the 3rd best tennis player in the world after crashing out of Wimbledon in the early rounds (he was second)

  27. Jenny
    July 2, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I love garlic on a pizza, this sounds delicious! Good idea about freezing pizza dough too.

  28. baconbiscuit212
    July 2, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Nadal was really petulant. At this stage in his career, he should really know better.

    Great looking pizza! Mushroom and garlic? Yum!

  29. mumchic
    July 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm


  30. thelittleloaf
    July 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    There are few things in life more delicious than homemade pizza. I got 2 proper pizza stones as an early birthday present and they are a-mazing – can’t recommend them highly enough! Love the garlic mushroom topping here.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      I agree! oh wow. I should totally get one 😀

  31. Shira
    July 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Absolutley mouthwatering Nick! We are big fans of the ‘no sauce’ pizza here and in fact, just made one last night (i always make a few versions) – yours looks sensational!

  32. May I Have That Recipe
    July 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    My favorite pizza is white pizza and this seems much better and cheaper than store bought pizza! Cant wait to try it!

  33. memeinge
    July 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    This looks so amazing & simple! Love it

  34. Conor Bofin
    July 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Frugal,
    I knew something was missing from the blogs I follow. You have stopped appearing in my reader. I will defollow and refollow to see if it fixes it. I was missing the stuff you do.

  35. veggiezest
    July 3, 2012 at 3:50 am

    That’s one delicious looking pizza. I LOVE mushrooms and topping the pizza with fresh greens is the best. I am soon trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  36. mydailymorsel
    July 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    This is such a beautiful pizza! It looks wonderful!

  37. Korena in the Kitchen
    July 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    That looks delicious Nick! Mushrooms and cheese – you can’t go wrong there.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      And garlic, don’t forget the garlic, Korena.

  38. somethingelsie
    July 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Mmmm your blog is absolutely yummy! will definitely be following from now on, and thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  39. veghotpot
    July 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    This looks delicious and I love the addition of mushrooms to cut through the cheese. Garlic is a perfect match here too. I tried white pizza in New York last week but it was just different cheeses and was very heavy and rich. Yours looks perfect.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks! It absolutely is! I hate heavy pizzas – it’s not how they’re supposed to be.

  40. crisgzr
    July 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I’m going to do this one on the grill this weekend! I will add the homemade pestos I am whipping up! Lemon balm pesto is sooo good!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      That sounds awesome! I’ve never grilled a pizza. That sounds amazing!

  41. artistmum
    July 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I’ve never tried a white pizza before but you got me interested!
    And, by the way, thanks so much for visiting my blog! I love getting visitors!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Oh yes, it’s so delicious! No problem! so do I 🙂

  42. Anne
    August 31, 2012 at 12:40 am

    YUM, I love white pizzas and I LOVE mushrooms!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

      I’ve totally come round to mushrooms – they are incredible.

  43. ohmygoodygoodness
    November 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I was already hungry, but now that I saw this, I am STARVING! This is one of my favorite kinds of pizza!

  44. murphbaley
    April 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    We’ve been making our own pizza lately, and I think I’m ready to branch out and make our own dough. This recipe with mushrooms and garlic sounds lovely. Do you have a pizza dough recipe? I’m a little nervous to make it myself.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 15, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thank you – I use Jamie Oliver’s, it works a treat and there was no point me stealing it put on my blog!

      • murphbaley
        April 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        I love Jamie Oliver, will check it out.Thanks!