A pizza on a wooden board.
Photography, Emily Kichler

White Pizza with Prosciutto, Corn and Arugula

A simple Parmesan Béchamel sauce makes a deliciously creamy base for this pizza bianca.

Sweet corn kernels, salty prosciutto and peppery arugula are the magic toppings for this sunny pizza recipe that captures the flavours of summer – even in winter. During the summer, swap arugula out for fresh basil from your garden and pick up corn at your farmer’s market. 

A pizza on a wooden board.

White Pizza with Prosciutto, Corn and Arugula

A simple Parmesan Béchamel sauce makes a deliciously creamy base for this white pizza
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves removed
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp pepper approx
  • pinch salt
  • ¾ cup finely-grated Parmesan approx
  • ½ 450g ball store-bought pizza dough at room temperature
  • 1 large ear sweet corn kernels removed
  • ½ 226g ball fresh mozzarella
  • pinch chili flakes
  • 5 slices prosciutto
  • 1 cup baby arugula


  • Position rack in bottom third of oven then preheat to 500˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add garlic and thyme; cook until sizzling, about 1 minute. Add flour, stirring until a paste forms. Cook as mixture bubbles, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes. Gradually pour in milk in a slow stream while whisking constantly. Add pepper and salt. Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly; cook until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add Parmesan, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll or stretch dough to a 12-inch round. Transfer to prepared sheet.
  • Spread Parmesan sauce onto dough. Top with corn. Tear mozzarella into large chunks and scatter on top; sprinkle with chili flakes. Bake in bottom third of oven until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbling, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Drape slices of prosciutto on top and scatter with arugula. Add more fresh cracked pepper and Parmesan, if desired.


Tip: Sub in fresh basil for arugula.
Keyword parmesan, pizza, prosciutto, white pizza

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