Found: The Perfect Easy Pizza Dough


Until the latest issue of Bon Appetit arrived in my mailbox last week, I was both a pizza addict and afraid of making pizza dough. Not a good combination at all! But, after taking the tips from the culinary masterminds behind Bon Appetit, I’ve conquered that ever-intimidating pizza dough! Check out this amazing recipe for (no-knead!) pizza dough from Jim Lahey.

Perfect Pizza Dough


  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, finely ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast


1. Whisk ingredients with a wooden spoon. Add 1 1/2 cups water gradually and stir well until even. Gently form dough into a ball with your hands and transfer to a clean bowl.

2. Using plastic wrap, cover dough and let rise. This should be done at room temperature and will take around 18 hours. It’s ready when the dough’s size has about doubled and it’s surface is covered with small bubbles.

3. Flour work surface and move dough to begin gently shaping it into a rectangle-esque shape. You’ll want to divide it into three equally sized portions and work on each portion individually.

4. Create four folds by gathering the four corners together. Turn dough upside down and gently shape into a ball; dust with flour, set aside and work on remaining portions.

5. For about an hour, let the portions rest while covered in plastic wrap. When the dough is flexible and soft, it’s ready to be worked with!

For tips on making the pizzas, see next page!

See Also: Homemade Sriracha Sauce

Tips on Making the Pizzas

1. After the dough has rested for an hour, pull it out and shape each portion into a 10″ “disk” on a floured work surface

2. If you are using a pizza stone, check out Bon Appetit‘s recipe (see bottom of page) for more instructions. For the pizza stone-less, use a baking sheet.

3. The first time around, I somehow made the silly mistake of assembling the pizza on my work surface. Don’t do that! Assemble your pizzas directly on the baking sheet.

4. The oven should be turned up as high as it’ll go – that’s one of the best ways to replicate pizzeria-style pizza. You’ll probably want to check out your pizza before Bon Appetit‘s 10 minute (5-7 for pizza stones) suggested time frame. My oven, for instance, goes up to 500 degrees and it took only 8 or 9 minutes to get to that perfect crispy crust, blistery cheese goodness.

Recipe Credit: Bon Appetit

Want even more tips on making the perfect pizza dough? Check out Bon Appetit’s video on the next page!

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Elisa F.
Elisa F.1 years ago

Thanks for the recipe.

Dana W.
Dana W.2 years ago

Wow - I'll have to try this soon.

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

Thanks for the recipe!!! Pizza dough is the most important ingredient for a perfect Pizza!!!

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

definitely have to plan ahead for this one but it sounds super easy, thanks!

Jill M.
Jill M.3 years ago

Made this dough last weekend ... it is fantastic. Easy to handle, threw them on the grill for a little char. Perfect, everyone loved it!

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago


Past Member
Past Member 3 years ago

Excellent! I'll try this.

Rose Becke3 years ago

Thanks for this

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago