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No Knead Pizza Dough – Pizza Margherita

No Knead Pizza Dough, make it thick crust or thin! No over 12 hour rising time, ready in two hours. Pizza Margherita never tasted so good!

This is the perfect Weekend Pizza Dough, fast and easy. Make it your own way or even one of our favourites, Pizza Bianca or a Sauteed Mushroom and Pancetta Pizza.

no knead pizza dough baked margherita pizza on a wooden board

I don’t know if you have a pizza night in your house, but in our house it’s usually Friday night. But as far as me and my kids are concerned it could probably be every night.

If there is one thing I have learned from being in Italy you can make Pizza any way you want! Between pizza and pasta I never imagined all the different types there are.

how make no knead pizza dough, mixing, resting and risen


I learned the perfect snack for a growing kid is pizza, the perfect appetizer is a slice of Pizza Bianca sliced in the middle (like a sandwich) add a few slices of Mortadella or Prosciutto and there you have Italian Party food.

I know it’s easy to find a good already made Pizza Dough now, from the grocery store, the bakery or even your favourite pizzeria.

But you have to admit Homemade is better! After making the perfect No Knead Bread,  I thought why not a good no Knead Pizza Dough?

I also have a a really good Pizza Dough made the old fashioned way! Yes a little kneading is required. But so good.

no knead pizza dough how to make, resting on the pan, spread, topped with sauce and cheese

This No Knead Pizza Dough is fast and easy and ready to go in 2 hours.

I made one Margherita Pizza with a thick crust, but if you prefer a thin crust then you could get two pizzas with the dough.

What are the ingredients for Pizza Margherita Sauce?

There are only 4 ingredients in Pizza Margherita Sauce, a can of Pelati (peeled) Roma or San Marzano Tomatoes, be sure to get the ones with no extra ingredients.

Just the tomatoes, Plain and simple.

Fresh Basil (a must), olive oil and a little salt. No need to cook just mix it all together.

no knead pizza dough - pizza Margherita with a slice cut

When was Pizza Margherita Invented?

The Pizza Margherita was first made in June of 1889 in Naples, to honour the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoia.

Raffaele Esposito the chef, prepared the “Pizza Margherita”, topped with tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil, these were the colours that represented the Italian Flag.

pizza Margherita on a wooden board

What Cheese to put on Pizza?

To make the best baked Pizza I always use a firm mozzarella rather than fresh. I find fresh mozzarella has too much liquid and can make your dough soggy.

Although if you prefer fresh then just place the cheese in a sieve over a bowl and leave it in the fridge over night to remove a lot of that extra moisture.

Then just cut or slice it before topping your pizza.

Can the dough be frozen?

Yes it can be frozen once it has risen. Place the dough in a freezer safe container or bag. Although it is best to use it within two weeks, or else it won’t rise well when baking. Thaw the dough in the fridge the night before, then let it sit at room temperature for about 2-3 hours before baking.

So if Pizza night for you is Friday or Saturday, or maybe you have a whatever day, then I hope you give the No Knead Pizza Dough a try and let me know what you think! Buon Appetito.

a slice cut of no knead pizza dough Pizza Margherita

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a slice cut of no knead pizza dough Pizza Margherita

No Knead Pizza Dough – Pizza Margherita

Rosemary Molloy
No Knead Pizza Dough, make it thick crust or thin! No over 12 hour rising time, ready in two hours. Pizza Margherita never tasted so good!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Bread and Pizza, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5 servings
Calories 237 kcal



  • ¾ teaspoon sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon yeast (active dry)
  • cups all purpose flour (320 grams)
  • 1 cup lukewarm water (divided) (245 grams)


  • cups tomatoes (skinned roma or san marzano including sauce)* (400 gram can / 14 ounces)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5-8 leaves fresh basil chopped


  • 5-8 slices mozzarella cheese (firm)** shredded

*be sure to buy tomatoes only in the can, no added ingredients



    • In a small bowl add ¼ cup lukewarm water and sugar stir to combine, then sprinkle the yeast on top. Let sit 10 minutes then stir to combine.
    • In a large bowl add the flour and make a well in the middle, add the yeast mixture and remaining water, start to mix then add the salt and combine well. Cover the bowl and place in a warm draft free place for 2 hours.
    • Place the risen dough on a lightly olive oiled baking sheet (or two if you prefer thin crust pizza), let rest 20 minutes.
    • While the pizza is resting make the sauce, in a medium bowl add the tomatoes and sauce from the can (roughly chop), add the salt, olive oil and fresh chopped basil. Stir to combine.
    • Pre-heat oven to 425F (220C).
    • Spread the rested dough with your hands on the pan (or pans) and top with the tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella and drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes or until crust is done. Slice and serve. Enjoy!


    Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2.6mg
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    1. Should the flour be sifted?

      I made this dough and the pizza came out delicious, but I did not sift the flour.

      Thank you!

    2. 5 stars
      Hi Rosemary, I’m substituting your suggested tomatoes with Hunts Petite Diced tomatoes in garlic & extra olive oil and basil. I do like fresh basil, but okay if you don’t have on hand. It was perfect. Plus their natural with no extra ingredients.

    3. No Knead Pizza Dough – can I substitute Bread Machine Yeast for Active Dry Yeast and how does that change the recipe (method). Thank you.

      1. Hi Anne, I think bread machine yeast is instant yeast so you would use 3/4 teaspoon instead of 1 teaspoon. For instant yeast you don’t have to soak it in water, just whisk it in with the flour add the water mix a bit then add the salt. And continue with the recipe. Let me know how it goes.

      1. Hi Lucinda, yes it can once it has risen, place in a freezer safe container or bag. Although it is best to use it within two weeks, or else it won’t rise well when baking. Thaw the dough in the fridge the night before, then let it sit a room temperature for about 2-3 hours before baking.

    4. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! Can this dough be made a day before and put in the fridge uncooked?

      1. Hi FM thanks so much, glad you like the recipes. Yes it can be kept in the fridge. Let me know how you like it.

        1. 5 stars
          Made the refrigerated dough the next day and it was fantastic. My boys have asked me to make this again! Thanks again.

    5. 5 stars
      I couldn’t believe it, but wow this is a great find. Will have to try it over the weekend. Grazie mille

      1. Hi Patricia if you substitute whole wheat apparently you need to add extra water, so add 1 1/2 tablespoons extra of water. Let me know how it goes.

    6. 5 stars
      Hi Rosemary. I made this yesterday for my grandchildren. I used a 9 in square pan which gave me a perfect thick crust pizza. It’s definitely a keeper since both kids (and nana) loved it. Going to double the recipe next time and use a 9 x 13 pan. Thank you.

    7. Hi Rosemary,
      This recipe for pizza dough sounds nice and easy.
      No waiting around half the day for my dough to rise.
      Plus it looks soooo tasty!
      I’m into some quick and easy meals and pizza is a nice start.
      I will be trying your recipe this weekend.
      Have a nice day Rosemary!

    8. Hi Rosemary
      I love your site and your recipes. I’m in love with Italian food and I’m glad I now have an Italian in MY kitchen: Thanks for all your hard work.
      I may be blind but I can’t seem to see the amount of yeast in this recipe. Could you please help me out.
      Love you to infinity 🙂

      1. Hi Marina thanks so much, so glad you found me too, and yup I forgot it, but it’s added now, 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast. Have a great weekend.

      1. Hi Kimberlee, thanks for that, 1 teaspoon and I looked at it 10 times before I posted it. Have a great weekend.

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