No-Knead Pizza Dough

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Enjoy easy, no-knead pizza dough that tastes amazing and cooks up perfectly in your home oven. Cheaper and more delicious than take-out!

pizza dough

Our family eats a lot of pizza, and I’ve tried lots of recipes, take out, and you-bake pizzas. This no-knead pizza dough recipe is my favorite because it’s delicious and so easy to make.

You should have the kids mix up the dough while you relax! 🙂

homemade pizza on cutting board

homemade pizza on wood plate

No-Knead Pizza Dough

Yield: 2 - 12 inch pizzas
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Enjoy easy, no-knead pizza dough that tastes amazing and cooks up perfectly in your home oven. Cheaper and more delicious than take-out!

Instructions

Put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together gently. I used a dough whisk, but a spoon or fork will work fine too. You want the dough to be uniformly moist—see the flour around the edges of the bowl? That means there isn't quite enough water.

mixing homemade pizza dough

Add water, a tablespoon at a time, and mix until the flour is incorporated. The dough will be very soft and sticky.

mixing pizza dough

Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and let the dough rise in a warm place until risen and bubbly (anywhere from 2-6 hours). After the dough rises, it will look like this:

pizza dough after rise

Pizza Assembly

Now it’s time to make your pizza. Preheat your oven to its highest temperature, usually 500 or 550F.

Turn a cookie sheet upside-down and place a Silpat or a large piece of parchment paper on top. This will be your dough-rolling surface as well as the pan for cooking your pizza.

Set the cookie sheet aside, and sprinkle at least 2 Tablespoons of flour on your counter.  Scrape the dough out onto the flour. It will be very sticky, so sprinkle additional flour on top of the dough and dust your hands with flour before proceeding.

Use your bench scraper or a knife to cut the dough in half. Pick up half of the dough, lay it on your lined cookie sheet, and press / stretch / roll it into something resembling a circle. Try to get it roughly the same thickness throughout, but don’t feel bad if it looks like an amoeba…it will still taste great. Sprinkle flour on the dough if your hands start to stick.

shaping pizza dough

Once the dough is stretched, add your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings. I’m partial to homemade pesto, chicken, vegetables, and mozzarella. The kids vote for spaghetti sauce and mozzarella only.

Place the cookie sheet and pizza into your preheated oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned to your liking.

Slide the pizza off the pan onto a cutting board and allow to cool before cutting.

Enjoy!

Notes

No-Knead Pizza Dough Tips

Should I bake the dough before putting the toppings on?

For regular crust and thin crust pizza, you don't have to pre-bake the dough. If you're making frozen pizza or thick crust pizza, then you should pre-bake it.

Can I use no-knead pizza dough to make my own frozen pizzas?

Absolutely! Pre-bake the blank dough circles at 500F for 5-8 minutes. Allow to cool, top with sauce, cheese and toppings, and wrap carefully in plastic wrap and then in foil. 

frozen pizza wrapped in foil

Your homemade pizzas will keep in the freezer for one month. When you're ready to eat, bake at 500F for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned to your liking.

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