Is making alfredo pizza at home as simple as making up a homemade pizza crust and putting alfredo sauce on top of that, along with whatever toppings you like?
It could be, but the best alfredo pizza is a careful balance between different tastes and textures. You also want to make sure you get the alfredo sauce right. I’ll show you how to make alfredo pizza from scratch so you can enjoy this dish at home whenever you like.
What Is Alfredo Pizza?
Alfredo pizza often uses traditional pizza crust, but then everything else about it is different from your average pizza. Instead of pizza sauce, you would be using alfredo sauce to cover your pizza crust.
Usually, it will have specific seasonings that really bring out the flavors of the sauce and accentuate the rest of the toppings.
You also want to make sure that you use the right toppings with this pizza, as alfredo sauce doesn’t really go well with pepperoni, pineapple, and some of the other traditional pizza toppings.
What Toppings are Best on Alfredo Pizza?
One of the most common toppings for alfredo pizza is chunks of white breast chicken. Bacon pairs perfectly with the chicken breast meat, or you can have bacon on its own on your alfredo pizza.
These go really well with the alfredo sauce, but there are some other foods you could try as well. This pizza is really good with mozzarella cheese, and you don’t have to leave off the cheese when you’re making alfredo pizza.
Another common topping for this kind of pizza is shrimp, and you want to make sure that the pieces are bite size for convenient eating.
You could also try adding some veggies, like cauliflower, broccoli, and whatever else tickles your fancy. Try adding mushrooms, artichokes, Brussel sprouts, jalapenos, or bell peppers to your alfredo pizza to really make it up.
How to Make Chicken Alfredo Pizza
For this recipe, you’ll start off with a ball of pizza dough. If you want to learn how to make your pizza dough from scratch, you can check some of my other recipes for that, but let’s keep things simple here and assume you already have some pizza dough made up.
- 1 bowl of pizza dough
- Grated parmesan cheese
- 11 ounces of grated mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup of alfredo sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of sliced chives
- Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, arranging an oven rack as close to the bottom of the oven as possible.
- Prepare a baking pan or pizza pan by spraying it down lightly with cooking spray. This will keep your pizza dough from sticking to the pan.
- Spread the pizza dough out across the pan to fit, and then pour your alfredo sauce over the pizza dough. Make sure you’re spreading the sauce evenly, and you can use the bottom of a large serving spoon to help spread it more easily.
- Sprinkle on all of your mozzarella cheese evenly, and then dust the pizza with parmesan cheese. Add a couple dashes of salt on top of the pizza.
- Cook your alfredo pizza in the oven on the lowest rack for about 10 minutes. You want to cook it until the crust starts to turn golden brown on the bottom and the cheese is bubbly.
- When the pizza is done cooking, you can take it out of the oven and set it to cool, sprinkling on chives for color and flavor.
You can then add whatever other toppings you want, like meats, veggies, or additional cheeses. Some toppings are better cooked with the pizza, however, so plan for that ahead of time and prepare them with the rest of your pizza, baking it all in the oven together.
With the low cooking time this pizza requires, you want to be careful about putting uncooked meats or veggies on the pizza. Consider cooking them look at least slightly ahead of time.
How to Make Alfredo Sauce for Pizza
Alfredo sauce can be made with just a few basic ingredients, usually made with parmesan cheese, butter, salt, and cream. However, you can go beyond the basic recipe and make a more complex and tasty alfredo sauce.
Let me share with you a recipe that works really well on alfredo pizza and will help bring out the best of your toppings and accentuate the crust beautifully.
- 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- ¾ teaspoon of Italian seasoning
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- ¾ teaspoon of garlic powder
- 2 cups of grated parmesan cheese
- Combine butter and cream in a large nonstick skillet and cook on medium-low heat. Whisk your butter and cream until the butter melts completely.
- Add to the pan garlic powder column garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Whisk all this together until you’ve created a smooth sauce.
- Keep heating all of your components on the stovetop at a gentle simmer.
Cook for about three to four minutes and whisk frequently. Once the sauce starts to thicken, you can add in the parmesan cheese. Only stir the cheese in long enough so that it melts and you have a smooth sauce.
If you find that the sauce isn’t thick enough, you can let it stand for a couple minutes before adding it to pizza. It should thicken as it cools.
If it still needs to be made thicker after a few minutes, you can add some more parmesan cheese to that and mix it in while heating it low heat.
If it’s too thick, you can thin it out with some melted butter or a little milk. I wouldn’t recommend water, as that can dilute the flavor of your sauce.
Alfredo pizza is a delightful dish and a great alternative to traditional tomato sauce pizzas, and now you know how to make the entire thing from scratch.