Tired of kneading dough? Try this No-Knead Pizza

You want to eat a delicious pizza, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time kneading the dough? Then I have just the right pizza recipe for you! Namely, the “No-Knead” pizza recipe from Jim Lahey’s book My Pizza*. No-Knead means literally “without kneading” and in fact this recipe doesn’t require any kneading at all! But it still results in a very tasty pizza. Now you’re probably thinking to yourself: that sounds almost too good to be true! To be fair, I have to say that it comes out in my opinion not as airy as a pizza where the dough was kneaded – but with the low work and force input I find that also completely justified!

For this recipe you should allow at least 24 hours. For those who are not in such a hurry, the dough can even rest in the fridge for up to 72 hours.


(for approx. 4 dough balls à 230 gr):

  • 350 ml water (cold)
  • 1 gr dry yeast (or 3 gr fresh yeast)
  • 500 gr wheat flour (with high protein content)
  • 16 gr salt

Mixing the dough

  • In a bowl, mix the flour, yeast and salt.
  • Add the water and with a wooden spoon or your hands mix all the ingredients well.
  • Now cover the dough with cling film / a damp kitchen towel or even better with a lid and let it rest for 18 hours at room temperature (about 22 degrees). The dough should approximately double in volume during this time. It will take longer in a cooler room, and correspondingly shorter in a warmer room.
  • You can see the before and after comparison of the dough below.
  • After the 18 hours, flour the work surface and transfer the dough from the bowl to the work surface.
  • Divide the dough into four equal portions and form into dough pieces. (You can see how to shape the dough in this video).

Resting the dough

  • Then place the dough balls in a sealable container (alternatively: place on a baking sheet with enough space between them, brush the dough with a little olive oil and cover with cling film) and let them rest for 3 hours at room temperature. After that they are ready to bake.
  • If you don’t want to use them right away, you can leave them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Then let them rest at room temperature for about 1.5 hours before baking.

Shaping, topping and baking the pizza

  • Preheat the oven to 260 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, even better.
  • Prepare a bowl or a deep plate with semola (flour will work as well).
  • Sprinkle the dough with a little semola (especially on the edges) and take it out of the box with a spatula (if necessary with a spatula), put it in the bowl/plate with semola and turn it over.
  • Then place the dough ball on the work surface and shape it by hand: if possible, starting from the center, press the air bubbles towards the edge and shape it into a round pizza, leaving a rim. Do not use a rolling pin, as this will destroy the air bubbles.
  • Top the pizza.
  • Carefully pull the pizza onto the pizza peel. Pull again on pizza peel to round shape.
  • Place pizza in oven and bake for about 7 minutes (a little shorter or longer, depending on your own preference and degree of browning). Using a pizza stone can also shorten the time.

This is how the freshly baked No-knead Pizza looks like

I hope this post about the No-Knead Pizza was valuable to you. Are you looking for more pizza inspiration? Do you want to dive deeper into the pizza rabbit hole?

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