White Pizza with Clam Sauce

Does anyone else dream of pizza? Is this normal? Between daydreaming and actual dreaming I would say that I have at least 1 pizza dream per day. Please tell me other people have the same experience. Maybe not with pizza, but cupcakes or cookies or something? I would say that 75% of the dreams are coming up with different pizza combinations. What new things can I put on a pizza? That is one of the great things about pizza. The toppings are endless. And it is not just the toppings but the sauces and the crusts. And then throw in the idea of dessert pizzas and I could probably make a different pizza everyday for a year!


I had this idea to make a clam sauce pizza awhile ago. Which is strange, since I don’t like clams. But I just could not shake the idea of clams + pizza. One Saturday we just decided to go for it. We tossed around the idea of doing a clam sauce with cheese on top but ultimately decided to do a white pizza with the sauce on top. We were afraid that the clams would absorb into the crust and make it soggy. It turned out even better than I expected. I usually don’t like clams because I find the big ones to be chewy but these canned ones were pretty finely chopped so I didn’t have to chew them! I am sure fresh clams would be great too but honestly I don’t really know how to work with fresh clams in the shell. Canned clams just seemed way easier!  This pizza turned out light and surprisingly delicious.


Here is what you’ll need


Brush the pizza dough with olive oil


Bake for 7 minutes and sprinkle with the cheese


Meanwhile, make a roux with the butter and flour. Whisk in the wine.


Add in the clams, clam juice, garlic, and lemon juice


Toss the arugula with olive oil, salt, and pepper


Spread the sauce over the cheese and add the arugula over the top


Different, but delicious!



White Pizza with Clam Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course


  • 1 batch of pizza dough, we use this one
  • 2 olive oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • chopped clams
  • 1 cup white whine
  • 2 cup shredded Italian cheese, we used a blend of mozzarella and fontina
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Flour your surface and rolling pin. Roll out the pizza dough into a 14 inch circle. Brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil and bake for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes add the shredded cheese and bake an additional 12 minutes. While the pizza is baking prepare the clam sauce. Heat the butter the on low heat and whisk in 1 tablespoon flour.  Once the roux starts bubbling slowly whisk in the wine. Drain most of the liquid from the clams, reserving about ¼ cup. Add the clams, clam juice, garlic, and lemon juice. Simmer for 5 minutes on medium–low heat. Toss the arugula with the remaining olive oil, salt, and pepper. Remove the pizza from the oven and add the clam sauce. Allow it to cool slightly and add the arugula.
Keyword Pizza