White Pizza with Lemony Greens

While making this pizza I thought of a joke… It goes like this: Which cheese is the loneliest? (Any idea? Do you know!?)

ProvALONE. Boom.  … And then I realized that’s not how you spell it. It’s provolone. Shucks. Worst joke ever? Maybe, because of the whole spelling issue, it’s the kind of joke that can only be told aloud.

So anyhow, I had a pizza like this at Roberta’s in New York and I loved it. I knew I needed to try to recreate it at home in order to live with myself. And so I did! And it turned out pretty darn close to the one of my dreams. And it’s like eating a pizza and a salad in one. It’s a multitasking pizza with a heart of gold. So, make it!

White Pizza with Lemony Greens {makes 2 small pizzas}
Recipe inspired by Roberta’s + adapted from Ina Garten


white pizza –

  • 1 ball pizza dough (half of this recipe)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/2-3/4 cup provolone
  • 3-4 oz. goat cheese
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mozzarella
lemony greens –
  • 2 T cup olive oil
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 2-4 oz. arugula or spinach
  • lemon slices, to serve


  1. Make pizza.  Turn your oven on to 500°F and pop your pizza stone in there to get nice and toasty for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together the garlic and olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Divide the ball of dough in half. Form into two pizzas by using your fingertips to stretch the dough into a circle., flattening the middle and pushing the dough out toward the edges to make the crust.
  3. Carefully remove the pizza stone from the oven and place the dough round on the stone. Top with half of the garlicky olive oil. Top with the half of the cheeses. Place back in the hot oven and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven. Transfer the pizza to a cutting board to let it rest. Repeat with second round of dough.
  4. Make lemony greens. Meanwhile whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice. Toss it with the greens. Serve each pizza topped with a large handful of lemony greens and a lemon slice.
  5. Eat pizza! Slice and enjoy.

Please note: Feel free to make one large pizza instead of two small. This serves 3-4 depending on if there are side dishes and such. And follow your heart regarding cheese. Use more or less. Switch it up. Live your life.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Aged provolone changed my life.

32 thoughts on “White Pizza with Lemony Greens”

  1. HOW is it that you made this pizza look fresh and light? Even paired next to a beer!

    This reminds me of a pizza I had at an Italian wood-oven joint… I always wondered how I would go about the “white” part of it, so thanks for this lovely version.

  2. I made this today, but I cheated and used naan (leavened bread). I can honestly say I have not treated myself to a lunch this good (made my ME) in a very long time. Thank you!!!

  3. Yum! One of my favourite pizzas has a little tomato sauce, then is topped with a lot of arugula and some fresh shaved parmesan when it comes out of the oven. Amazing with a squeeze of lemon. I’ll have to try this white version out. Thanks for the recipe (and the joke!).

  4. I’ve just begun dressing pizzas with greens… this one looks amaze. I love how simple it is, just garlic, cheese and greens! Your dough is perfect, looks just like a restaurant pizza! Love

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