Sure, you can buy a prepared crust, but rolling your own is easier than you think, and using “00” extra-fine Italian flour yields a perfect 10 crust, one that’s light and airy with a crisp exterior. When it comes to toppings, this one has mastered balancing taste and texture, allowing ingredients to shine in every bite with a combination of freshly grated mozzarella, dollops of creamy ricotta, shallots, herbs, and garlic-sautéed mushrooms.–Julie Albert & Lisa Gnat

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Why Our Testers Loved This

Our testers are a discerning bunch when it comes to pizza, but this easy mushroom and ricotta pizza quickly won their accolades. They were impressed by how quickly the dough came together and the excellent flavor of the finished pizza.

Jenny Latreille summed it up best. “I make a lot of pizza at home. A lot. This recipe is easy to put together and delivers an excellent finished pizza.”

What You’ll Need to Make This

  • Mushrooms–Use your favorite assorted mushrooms here. Regular button mushrooms will work well, but if you have access to them, try adding shiitake, oyster, or cremini mushrooms.
  • Pizza dough–This recipe provides a quick and easy pizza dough, but you can use your favorite store-bought or homemade pizza dough here.
  • Mozzarella cheese–For best results, use the best-quality, low-moisture pizza mozzarella you can find, and shred it yourself. Pre-shredded cheese doesn’t melt well.
  • Ricotta cheese–This adds a creamy richness to your pie and shouldn’t be skipped. If you’ve got the time, we highly recommend making your own ricotta.

How to Make This Recipe

  1. Heat the oven to 450°F. Heat a baking stone or baking sheet in the oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Sauté the mushrooms and shallots in oil until golden. Stir in the garlic, oregano, thyme, and salt and cook for 1 minute more.
  3. Roll out each pizza into a 12-inch circle. Brush them with oil, and top with mozzarella, ricotta, and the mushroom mixture.
  4. Bake the pizzas one at a time until golden. Top with Parmesan cheese before serving.

Common Questions

What is white pizza?

White pizza is, quite simply, pizza without a red sauce. Typically there’s no sauce whatsoever. Some renditions of white pizza have a cream sauce, which can be lovely, though as you’ll experience here, it’s entirely unnecessary.

What’s the best way to store mushrooms?

Mushrooms that are stored improperly can become dry and shriveled or, worse yet, wet and slimy. To keep your mushrooms fresh, store them in the refrigerator in a paper bag or wrap them in paper towel. Store them in the main area of the fridge, as the humidity in the crisper is too high for mushrooms.

Helpful Tips

  • The pizza dough can be prepared a day in advance and stored in an oiled, covered container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before rolling and topping.
  • A pizza peel is the best tool for transferring pizza to a baking stone or the oven. If you’re uncomfortable attempting to transfer your pizza stone with a peel, simply slide the parchment containing the pizza directly onto the baking stone.
  • This mushroom pizza recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets. To make it gluten-free, substitute gluten-free pizza dough.

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If you make this recipe, or any dish on LC, consider leaving a review, a star rating, and your best photo in the comments below. I love hearing from you.–David

We loved the flavours in this vegetarian pizza. The combination of the mushrooms, spices and cheeses made this a keeper in our books!

Angelene
A mushroom pizza with ricotta cut into 8 slices on a piece of browned parchment paper.

Mushroom Pizza with Ricotta

5 / 6 votes
This mushroom pizza with ricotta is topped with sautéed mushrooms and three kinds of cheese. Thanks to quick homemade pizza dough, this vegetarian pie is a weeknight reality.
David Leite
CourseMains
CuisineItalian
Servings4 servings
Calories756 kcal
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour

Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/4 pounds sliced mixed mushrooms, such as cremini, shiitake, or white button
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for the crust
  • 1 recipe quick pizza dough, divided into two balls
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF (232°C). Place your pizza stone in the oven to preheat for 30 minutes before cooking the pizza. (If you don’t have a stone, you can use a baking sheet.)
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the mushrooms and shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are golden and the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, oregano, thyme, and salt. Continue cooking for 1 minute more. Remove from the heat and cool completely.
  • On lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll each dough ball into a 12-inch (30-cm) circle. Brush the edges of both pizza crusts with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle the edges with a pinch of salt. Top the area within the edges of both crusts with the mozzarella, dollops of ricotta, and the mushroom mixture.
  • Transfer 1 pizza at a time to the preheated stone and bake until the crust is golden, 12 to 16 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and top with shaved Parmesan cheese. Slice and serve.

Notes

  1. Get ahead–The pizza dough can be prepared a day in advance and stored in an oiled, covered container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before rolling and topping.
  2. Use a peel–A pizza peel is the best tool for transferring pizza to a baking stone or the oven. If you’re uncomfortable attempting to transfer your pizza stone with a peel, simply slide the parchment containing the pizza directly onto the baking stone.
  3. Dietary–This mushroom pizza recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets. To make it gluten-free substitute gluten-free pizza dough.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 portionCalories: 756 kcalCarbohydrates: 70 gProtein: 35 gFat: 39 gSaturated Fat: 17 gMonounsaturated Fat: 15 gCholesterol: 91 mgSodium: 1553 mgFiber: 6 gSugar: 12 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2020 Julie Albert | Lisa Gnat. Photo © 2020 Maya Visnyei. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

While I NEVER object to a pizza night, I don’t always plan well enough ahead (ideally a day before). I’ve tried several methods of “hurry up” or used same-day doughs but always felt a little disappointed. This dough is definitely an exception and turns out an absolutely delicious pizza that really does all come together in about 2 hours.

So is it a walk-in-the-door and-make-pizza recipe or a weekend project? Both! And it has a secret bonus that knocked my socks off.

A mushroom pizza with ricotta and shaved parmesan on a sheet of parchment.

Even with the most ordinary button mushrooms and A/P flour (I love Beehive from Central Milling), this worked and focused the flavors for a great pizza bianco (I would almost never make a tomato-based sauce if it was up to me).

Because we’re a small household, I only wanted to cook one pizza, so I saved the second ball of dough in an oiled one-quart container in the fridge for the next day. My bonus pizza.

On both nights, I gave an extra four minutes for the pizza, resulting in nice browning of the topping, the golden-brown crust, and, on the second night, those beautiful airy bubbles of a long-fermented dough. To steal a term from my spouse, I am totally “chuffed” at these results.

If you’re like me and aren’t totally confident transferring a pizza to the stone, assemble it on parchment with a bit of cornmeal and slide it in the oven!

The topping is more than sufficient—a perfect amount of mushrooms, good mozzarella coverage, and generous ricotta (perhaps a shade too generous). I like to see some browning on the toppings.

The shelf and stone were in the lower third of the oven. The pizza had great flavor, the crust was strong enough to allow us to pick it up by the slice, and the dough had a lovely tenderness and was not overworked at all.

This was a winner, especially since so many same-day crusts have felt like compromises. However, we really could only eat one pizza between us (being somewhat greedy people).

I make a lot of pizza at home. A lot. This ricotta cheese pizza recipe is easy to put together and delivers an excellent finished pizza. I love mushrooms, and I’d even go so far as to use more in the future.

I did end up drizzling the finished pie with balsamic glaze because I thought it needed a little something extra, but even so, it was pretty good on its own.

The dough in this recipe is particularly good. The method is easy enough for a beginner, and the finished product is decent enough to meet approval from seasoned bakers. The resulting crust was airy and elastic.

I used a mixture of mushrooms, the majority being cremini, and 50 grams of shallots. I might have added more thyme than called for (just because I’m clumsy), but it did ramp up the flavor a bit more.

I do find white pizzas to be generally tamer, and this one isn’t really an exception. It’s a great pizza, but it’s like all pizzas: It’s made for embellishing.

This is a quick and easy recipe for when the urge for pizza strikes. The dough is the easiest one I have ever made, it only required four minutes of mixing on low (my stand mixer seems to be quite vigorous!) to come together. It rose perfectly within an hour.

The mushroom topping has great flavor with the herbs, garlic, and shallot. The only thing I would change would be to add a few more mushrooms, as I like a loaded pizza. I went a little light on the mozzarella; it’s not my favorite cheese. The ricotta added a nice creaminess to every bite, and the Parmesan shaved over the top when it came out of the oven gave some zing.

This will be a regular pizza for us, and it can be spruced up with various additions like bacon or maybe clams. There are endless possibilities.




About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.


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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Mushrooms and shallots are a classic combo that work wonderfully on pizza, especially with mozzarella and ricotta! And the thyme and oregano give you just the right spice (of course red pepper flakes are a must when you’re eating!). If you’re a homemade pizza lover, might be worth getting a [eafl id="320151" name="Pizza peel" text="pizza peel"] to slip a pie onto the stone. Quick and easy (with help for some cornmeal). They’re pretty inexpensive.

  2. AB5D taught me to transfer pizza on the parchment, let it cook 2 minutes, then pull the parchment out from under the pizza. The pizza will then cook on the stone and you get the best of both worlds, ease of transfer and charred in spots crust. Excited to try this, thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    We loved the flavours in this vegetarian pizza. The combination of the mushrooms, spices and cheeses made this a keeper in our books!