White Pizza with Béchamel Sauce

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Some nights we want a healthy salad. This is not one of those nights. Tonight we want to dive face-first into the creamiest, cheesiest dish we can possibly imagine: cheater’s white pizza with béchamel sauce. Store-bought naan is slathered with an easy-to-make sauce, then topped with four different types of cheese and toasted garlic.


Béchamel Sauce

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 shallots, minced

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

¾ cup whole milk

¼ cup heavy cream

¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

4 large naan flatbreads or pre-baked individual pizza crusts

4 slices provolone cheese

2 cups diced fresh mozzarella

2 cups shredded white cheddar

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes

2 cups grated Parmesan cheese


1. MAKE THE BÉCHAMEL SAUCE: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

2. Add the milk and cream, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 6 to 8 minutes. Season withthe nutmeg, salt and pepper.

3. MAKE THE PIZZAS: Preheat the oven to 500°F. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook over medium-low heat until the garlic is evenly golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels.

4. Place the naan on a baking sheet. Spread each naan with ¼ cup béchamel sauce. Divide the provolone, mozzarella and cheddar among the naan; season each with ¼ teaspoon oregano and ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes.

5. Bake until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is melty, 8 to 10 minutes. When the pizzas come out of the oven, grate ½ cup Parmesan onto each pizza. Garnish with the garlic.

Nutrition Facts
  • 1,569 calories

  • 82g fat

  • 130g carbs

  • 77g protein

  • 8g sugars

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