10 Jim Lahey Bread & Pizza Recipes

These 10 Jim Lahey bread & pizza recipes include our favorite no-knead breads and pizzas from the legendary bread baker. Soon to be your favorites, too.

A thin circle of stretched pizza dough being tossed in the air.
Jim Lahey’s pizza dough allows you to create the sort of quality pizza crust at home that you’ve only ever experienced at the best of Italian bakeries and pizzerias. And it’s easier than you’d expect.
Cast-iron pot with a loaf of Jim Lahey's no-knead whole-wheat bread on a gray background.
This no-knead whole-wheat bread from Jim Lahey is quick to make but as good as old-fashioned bread. And with the added benefit of whole wheat and being done in less than two hours.
A wooden table with a white plate with parchment paper and Jim Lahey's white pizza, with a stack of glasses in the background.
I’ve published another version of this recipe (for a thicker pizza) elsewhere, but it’s so much a part of my repertoire that I felt it would be remiss not to include it in the My Pizza cookbook, too. Instead of baking the pie as I usually do, I decided to use the same broiling technique you see in the cookbook. At Co., I offer this pizza in the menu section on bread—an indication of how much it differs from all the others—and serve it with some ricotta cheese for spreading on top. 
A piece of Jim Lahey's no-knead bread with three pieces of butter and a sprinkling of salt on top.
Jim Lahey’s no-knead bread recipe turned traditional bread making upside down for all of us. Made with just flour, yeast, salt, and water, the bread is the fastest, easiest, and best you may ever make.
Plate with shaved asparagus pizza, fork and knife, on a kitchen towel
This shaved asparagus pizza from Jim Lahey heralds spring with rich, creamy Brie cheese and shaved asparagus, which chars and curls to become a tangle of sweet, crunchy strands on top. Done in 40 minutes. Can’t order delivery that fast.
Jim Lahey no-knead olive bread with three slices cut, sitting on a wooden cutting board with a napkin, a bread knife, and a pile of sliced green olives.
Kalamata olives lend this no-knead bread ample flavor while a long, slow rise brings it a bakery-quality crumb.
A round loaf of pane bianco--or rustic white bread cover in wheat germs and on a cutting board
This pane bianco is a no-knead artisan sourdough from Jim Lahey that’s made with flour, water, salt, and biga. It’s crispy on the outside and incredibly tender in the center. Here’s how to make it at home.
Five no-knead baguettes by Jim Lahey, some with sliced tomato, some with garlic and olives
The name of this bread—stecca, or “stick” in Italian—is one I simply made up to describe it, since it has a narrow shape.
A whole pizza marinara on a stack of white plates.
Spooned on a Magherita, or any kind of pie, this sauce does exactly what it's supposed to do, adding the pure flavors of tomatoes without overwhelming the integrity of the pie itself.
A stainless steel pot, filled with steaming, bubbling easy béchamel sauce with a large spoon and a whisk.
This easy béchamel sauce is simply flour, butter, milk, and nutmeg stirred together into a rich and creamy and classic white sauce. The method here is quick and easy, fast and foolproof, yet creates classic results.


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