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Three-Cheese White Pizza

The ultimate white pizza with creamy ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese, plus parsley oil and ground sumac (or smoked paprika) for added depth.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cheese pizza, mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta, white pizza
Makes: 1 (12-inch) pizza
Cost: $10


  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 handful fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more for finishing
  • 1 (14 to 16-ounce) ball pizza dough
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese shredded (1 cup)
  • ¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ground sumac or smoked paprika, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 550°F or as high as it will go (if using a stone/steel, put it on a rack in the center or bottom third of the oven before you start preheating).
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Using a mortar and pestle or cocktail muddler, crush the handful of fresh parsley leaves into the oil until the leaves are mostly broken down and the oil is a yellowish green color.
  • Stretch or roll out your dough to a 12-inch circle, then transfer it to an oiled baking sheet or a floured pizza peel (if using a baking stone/steel).
  • Brush the dough all over with the parsley oil and season with a pinch or two of salt and a grind or two of black pepper. Sprinkle on the mozzarella, spoon dollops of the ricotta mixture on top, and finish with the Parmesan cheese.
  • Transfer the pizza to the oven and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese has browned in spots, 8 to 10 minutes on the baking sheet, 6 to 8 minutes on the baking stone/steel.
  • Take the pizza out of the oven. Drizzle it with a little oil, season with a pinch or two of salt and a grind of black pepper, and dust lightly with ground sumac or smoked paprika (if using). Finish with the chopped fresh parsley. Slice and serve.