Roasted Garlic & Rosemary No-Knead Artisan Bread has gorgeous, golden brown crusty exterior and a soft, airy texture inside and is loaded with flavor from buttery, roasted garlic and fresh rosemary! It's such an easy rustic bread recipe that you will wonder why you haven't tried making no knead artisan bread before!

If you are feeling comfortable with this bread, you might want to move on to another easy bread recipe like my Sweet Molasses Brown BreadAmish White Bread, or Easy Rosemary Focaccia Bread!

Roasted Garlic & Rosemary No Knead Artisan Bread on a wooden cutting board with fresh rosemary and garlic

Rosemary & Garlic No-Knead Artisan Bread

If you love crusty bread like I do, especially super flavorful breads that are great for dipping in balsamic vinegar, slathering with butter, or using to make elevated grilled cheese sandwiches, you are going to adore this easy Roasted Garlic & Rosemary No Knead Artisan Bread!

For anyone intimidated by yeast breads, this is the bread recipe for you.

There is no proofing yeast involved.

There is no kneading required.

It's as simple as stirring everything together in one bowl and then leaving it alone.

No need to assess the stickiness or smoothness or elasticity of the dough.

And no need for fancy scoring on top of the loaf before it bakes, although you could dust the top of the loaf with flour and score a pattern or "X" shape in the top if you get really ambitious (which, as you can see from these photos, I did not).

a close side view of garlic rosemary bread crispy crust

A thick slice of this crusty bread is amazing with a bowl of lasagna soup or zuppa toscana.

And it really does make my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches ever with some cheddar melted between two buttered slices of this bread and then toasting it all on the griddle.

garlic rosemary bread turned into a grilled cheese

No Knead Artisan Bread Variations

Try adding 1 to 1 ½ cups of mix-ins in the following combinations in place of the roasted garlic & rosemary for a totally different and delicious bread!

  • Cranberry Pecan
  • Hazelnuts & Dried Cherries
  • Cheddar Jalapeno
  • Cranberry, Orange Zest, & Sliced Almonds
  • Raisin Walnut Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin, Sunflower, & Poppy Seeds
  • Sun-dried Tomato with chopped Basil
  • Lemon zest, Thyme, & Asiago
  • Pepperoni & Mozzarella
  • Dark Chocolate, Dried Cherry, Pecan

Or leave out any mix-ins for a perfectly wonderful plain loaf that will go with any soup, salad or dinner!

sliced artisan bread on a cutting board

Notes on Baking No Knead Artisan Bread

Mixing the dough together is pretty much as easy as it gets. All of the ingredients (including mix-ins) gets dumped into a bowl, stirred up, and then left on the counter for 12-18 (or even up to 24 hours).

a bowl full of garlic rosemary bread dough

"Shaping" the loaf consists of dumping the sticky dough onto a well-floured surface and forming it into a roughly ball-shaped lump.

a round loaf of garlic rosemary artisan bread surrounded by fresh rosemary and garlic head

The bread rises slowly as the gluten and flavor develop over a long period of time. Then, when you are ready to bake, there are two approaches that I have used and both work well.

METHOD 1: My preferred method is to use a 5.5 quart enameled cast iron Dutch Oven with a lid (I have this one but less expensive options work just fine!) but you could also use a baking dish covered with aluminum foil, your crockpot insert, stainless steel pot with a lid, a pizza stone with an oven-safe bowl big enough to cover the bread, and an old cast iron Dutch oven that you probably only pull out for camping trips.

The lid (or aluminum foil) traps moisture in with the bread while it bakes for 30 minutes, then you uncover the loaf and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes at the end to let it get golden brown on top.

METHOD 2: Alternatively, you could bake this roasted garlic & rosemary no knead artisan bread on a baking sheet with no lid. But you will want to create steam in the oven by placing a cast iron or metal pan on the rack below the one where you plan to bake the bread while the oven preheats.

Then, when you are ready to bake the bread, place the loaf on a baking sheet inside the hot oven and pour 1 cup of water into the hot cast iron or metal pan on the rack below the bread and immediately close the oven door to trap the steam and bake for 25-35 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.

I have even heard that instead of using a pan, you could just throw a handful of ice cubes in the bottom of the hot oven instead, but I haven't tried that approach yet.

aerial view of garlic rosemary artisan bread

Once you have tried making this Roasted Garlic & Rosemary No Knead Artisan Bread, try something a little different where you can practice your kneading with these Cheesy Garlic Mozzarella Swirl Rolls! Or if you forget to prep this the night before, try my Easy Rosemary Focaccia Bread that is almost as easy and is ready in under an hour! 

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Roasted Garlic & Rosemary No Knead Artisan Bread

4.96 from 71 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 50 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10 slices
Roasted Garlic & Rosemary No Knead Artisan Bread has gorgeous, golden brown crusty exterior and a soft, airy texture inside and is loaded with flavor from buttery, roasted garlic and fresh rosemary!  It's such an easy rustic bread recipe that you will wonder why you haven't tried making no knead artisan bread before!


  • 1 head garlic roasted
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ cups room temperature water
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped


  • To roast the garlic, heat the oven to 425 degrees.  Slice the top off the head of a garlic bulb to expose the cloves, then drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the exposed garlic cloves.  Wrap in tinfoil and roast for 45 minutes, then remove from oven and cool until the soft garlic can be squeezed out of the papery skin.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, yeast, rosemary, and roasted garlic.  Add the water and stir to combine, just until it starts to come together in a very shaggy dough.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit on the counter at room temperature for 12-18 hours.  
  • When you are ready to bake the bread, place a dutch oven, pizza stone, or other oven-safe pan in the oven to preheat and heat the oven to 450 degrees.  
  • Working on a clean, well-floured surface, turn the dough out onto the counter or table and shape into a ball using floured hands.  The dough will be very sticky.  
  • Drop the ball of dough into the preheated dutch oven or other baking dish, cover with lid or an oven-safe bowl, and bake for 30 minutes with the lid on.  Remove the lid and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until golden brown and crusty on top.
  • Remove bread from the dutch oven to cool completely before slicing.


  • I have switched it up and used bread flour in place of all-purpose flour with good results, or some combination of the two, if you prefer bread flour for making bread.
  • Preheating the dutch oven prevents the bread from sticking to the bottom, but if you are concerned, you can slide the ball of dough onto a piece of parchment paper before placing in the dutch oven.
  • Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking via Simply So Good (and probably countless others - the basic recipe for this crusty bread has definitely made the rounds and is so simple that bread has likely been made this way for centuries before food bloggers came on the scene).


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 320mg | Fiber: 1g
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  1. 5 stars
    I love making homemade bread. I just find it so satisfying...and the aroma is magical. I would have a hard time waiting for this to cool so I could devour it.

  2. 5 stars
    I could eat no knead bread all of the time! I especially LOVED all of your suggestions for add-ins! Im definitely going to definitely try several of them. And ps.... the photos of that melted cheese.... OMG... Stunning!

  3. 5 stars
    Love rosemary and garlic together and in bread it's just sooo good. Texture of this loaf looks perfect, love that it's no knead.

  4. 5 stars
    I just made a similar bread recently! So good with a nice beef stew or other cozy soup! I'll have to try this one with the roasted garlic. Yummmm!

  5. 5 stars
    I love the crusty exterior. That grilled cheese sandwich looks delicious! I don't make enough bread and this is something I need to try. Great photos!

  6. 5 stars
    I love no knead bread but have never made one with roasted garlic or in a dutch oven so would love to try this. Would be great with a bowl of soup or salad:-) Love your photography too:-)

  7. 5 stars
    Made the bread with rosemary and parmesan cheese. It turned out delicious! I used a glass container with a lid and it worked perfectly, soft in the middle, crusty on the outside.

        1. No, I just put it in whole. I like seeing the cloves of garlic in the bread as it is sliced and it really is so mild after roasting that it's totally delicious getting a larger piece of garlic in a bite of the bread.

          1. Wouldn't you put the roasted garlic in the mixture in segments, not as a whole. Just a little confusing.

  8. I didn't realize that baking bread could be so easy. This recipe has changed my life. The overnight wait is the only drawback but it's still totally worth it.

    1. Just use Method 2 as mentioned in the post above and create some steam using a pan of water placed on the rack below your pizza slab.

  9. Quick question as i cannot wait to try this recipe, would an oval Dutch oven work okay as well or does it have to be round?

  10. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I think it has become a favorite with with many home bakers. I also make a savory bread but it is a soft bread yet very delicious. I use celery and cheddar cheese, perhaps we can substitute this for another flavor it will be nice, about 2 or 3 celery sticks and a cup of grated cheddar cheese or a strong flavored cheese of your choice. Happy baking and good eating.

    1. No, just leave it whole! It sounds crazy, but really it's so buttery and mild that it works. And when you slice the bread the garlic will inevitably be sliced a bit as well.

  11. 5 stars
    Hi Amy! So glad I came across this recipe as it is my new favorite and I've made it twice in one week!

    One problem I've had is that it doesn't rise in the oven. It leaves me with a skinnier bread which is fine for toast and side bread with dinner but not for sandwiches. I've tested my yeast and even bought new to be safe. Any pointers?

    1. I'm so glad you love this bread as much as we do! With this type of bread, the best way to get it to be higher is to use a small dutch oven pot, which sort of forces the bread to go up rather than out.

  12. I want to try this! I’ve tried two Dutch oven breads and they have been great! But I use quick rise yeast and don’t let it rise for as I’m not sure I should! Can I let it rise just as long as you say with the quick rise yeast? Thoughts?

    1. I don't really know if using quick rise yeast would cause less time to be needed or not. Part of the thing is that the longer, slow rise time also helps develop a unique flavor in the bread so I wonder whether that would change. I might have to get some and experiment!

    2. I’m excited to give this bread a try for Thanksgiving! Logistically I have to make some things ahead of time— do you think this could be baked two days in advance? Or just one day? And what would be the best way to store it? 

    1. I will have to write them down as I make the different variations because I haven't tried all of these - they just sound like good combinations to me or I have had similar versions at restaurants. But the idea is to not do more than 1 1/2 cups of mix-ins total. If its something like herbs, that will be a lot less because they impart a much bigger flavor with just a couple of tablespoons.

  13. 5 stars
    I just made this bread in a 8 quart Dutch oven, and noticed that it didn’t rise much like yours did. I saw another review that you mentioned to use a smaller Dutch oven. Would a 2 quart Dutch oven work or is that to small? I was also wondering if a 6 qt Dutch oven work too? Can’t wait to try the bread once it cools. 🙂

    1. I don't have a 2 quart Dutch oven so I'm not sure how that would work. My guess is just fine - it would just make the bread taller, which isn't really a terrible thing. Any size will work, really, as the bread is going to bake up just fine regardless. The only difference is going to be the final look of the bread. I've even done it on a baking sheet totally free form and the bread was still tasty even if it didn't get very tall.

    1. No, I don't think that would work as well actually because it would slow the process down so much and it's already the long proofing time on the counter overnight that makes this no-knead bread really work.

  14. 4 stars
    The flavor was really good. I didn’t have a whole garlic head so I chopped the one clove I had and also added about 1/2 tsp of powder. I doubled the recipe and I should have cooked it as 2 separate loaves. I dumped all the dough in one big cast iron. The bottom was overdone and the middle was gooey. I put it back in the oven at 350° for 15-20 min and got the middle cooked but it was spongey and very dense.

  15. 5 stars
    2nd try ... getting better each try. This time I had a mostly full bulb of garlic that I roasted - yum! It really makes the bread next level. I again doubled it but this time I cooked 2 separate loaves. My mistake this time was putting wax paper in the bottom of pan. The bread didn’t stick to the pan but the wax paper stuck and practically became imbedded into the bottom and sides of bread. I was sad to cut off the yummy crusty exterior but bread was still fantastic. I’ll keep trying and hopefully eventually perfecting.

  16. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe! It was so easy to make and tastes amazing, just like from a bakery! I can’t wait to try different variations.

  17. So wonderful! Followed directions exactly except..the garlic, used 1 1/2 heads that I cooked in my air fryer for 30 minutes. It was perfect! Thank you. Picked up some jalapeño’s and shredded sharp cheddar. Next!

  18. I made this, and it turned out AMAZING! Thank you for your recipe. I loved the top, and how crusty it turns out.

  19. Metric measurements would be MUCH better. More accurate and easier to scale up or down. Otherwise, love the recipe. I've been baking bread for over 40 years, the last ten or so has been the no-knead method. I'm 79 y.o. now and still bake one or two loaves per week for my wife and me. I flirted with sourdough for quite a while but the no-knead is easiest and gives fantastic results.

    1. Tripled the batch. Used 1/3 whole wheat flour. The first first loaf was plain and great. The second loaf had herbs added in and was wonderful. The third loaf had 1 cup of finely chopped dried fruit with crystallized ginger marinated in apple brandy plus 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (the fruit mixture was left from Christmas fruitcake making.) That loaf was our favorite. Looking forward to making cranberry pecan with chocolate chips.

    1. I have never tried this recipe with whole wheat flour, but I think it could work. I would start with half whole wheat and see how that goes.

    1. I have never tried the jarred whole garlic cloves, so I'm not really sure how well they would roast, but my guess is that you would be best off just using the cloves straight from the jar.

  20. This might be a silly question ... do I rightly cover the dough itself with plastic or the top of the bowl that contains the dough? I’m so excited!! Right now my dough is sitting on the counter wrapped up like a mummy and it’s getting puffy!!

  21. Hello! 

    This looks delicious - wondering if you’ve tried this recipe with a sourdough starter instead of yeast? 

  22. with winter coming up i will be harvesting my fresh rosemary to dry. have you made this bread with dried rosemary? if so, how much would it call for? Thanks!

    1. I have not made it with dried rosemary, but you can usually substitute 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary for 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary.

  23. Love this recipe, it is a favorite in our house.  Couple of questions.
    1. Can I freeze?
    2. If I divide into rolls would the cooking time be the same in the cast iron Dutch oven?

    1. Yes, you can freeze this bread. As for dividing into rolls, I haven't tried it before, but no, I think it would be a shorter cooking time.

  24. I am so in love with the way this came out!! It's beautiful and delicious ❤
    I've baked bread before but really don't like the smell of yeast so it had been years since trying it and this is now my favorite and go to recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it. It's 10pm in CA and hubby and I couldn't wait for it to cool completely haha we cut into it after about thirty minutes. Again, thank you!

  25. I just made this recipe following the instructions extremely carefully since I’ve never made bread before and been successful.  It seems I have another failure.  The bread is heavy like a brick and did not brown on top.  The bread is so dense it didn’t cook inside.  

    I mistakenly thought that since the recipe called for no kneading and letting the dough sit at room temp for a long time, I might have a nice loaf of bread.  Darn it!

  26. We made this dough 5 pm, let it sit on the counter until 11am. I was a little worried because the dough was very wet and sticky. Dusted it with flour so I could shape it a bit. Pizza stone was pre heated in the oven, covered it  Loosely with foil. I had baked the garlic until was quite caramelized. We removed the foil early.
       This came out of the oven so nice. It almost looked like your photo. The slices showed a perfect bake and the garlic/rosemary aroma was mouth watering. We finished eating it as toast the next morning. 
    Thank you for sharing this with the world

    1. You are so very welcome! I'm so glad it was such a good recipe for you! I always feel so much satisfaction from this recipe because it turns out so well every time!

    1. Yes, you could. The bread wouldn't have the same shape and a slightly different crust, but this would work. Or you could just put it on a baking sheet.

  27. Hi! So I made the dough yesterday and let it sit for almost 24 hours. I dumped it out on a well floured countertop and the dough was beyond sticky. I couldn’t even touch it with floured hands. It was sticking to everything. I also couldn’t form it into a shape either. I’m baking it anyways, cause I don’t know how to help it. What did I do wrong?😩

    1. Possibly nothing. It is an unusual bread recipe and the dough can be quite sticky. Maybe an extra 1/2 cup of flour next time would help, but I'm hoping it still turned out alright for you anyway!

      1. Thanks for the response! So I ended up baking it and the taste was great, but the bread was so dense and the bottom was rock hard. The dough never rose very much, so I’m guessing it didn’t proof right? I tried not to over mix it at first but should the dough have been lumpy?

        1. Hmm, it IS a pretty dense and crusty bread, like most rustic country type breads in my experience. But the bottom shouldn't have been rock hard. I wish I had a better idea how to troubleshoot this for you. Yes, it's okay for the dough to be lumpy/shaggy. Is there a chance your yeast is expired? That is sometimes the cause for bread failing to rise (although this bread doesn't rise quite the same as other breads, it definitely should rise a bit.)

  28. I made a loaf of the sun dried tomatoes and basil. I am not sure if I used too much water or didn’t bake it longs enough but it turned out pretty flat and the dough kind of sank when I tried to shape it. Any suggestions? Still tastes good but just a flatter loaf. 

    1. If you want it to be taller, try adding a little more flour or a little less water. It can also help to cook it in a smaller dutch oven. I love the sound of sun dried tomatoes and basil in this!

  29. I tried making this bread today, it is the first bread I have ever attempted! I had the same problem as some other people in the comments with the dough being very runny and sticky, so I was unable to make a good ball shape. It still looks and smells amazing though, even if it didn't rise too much! Can't wait to try it! Will try adding some more flour next time 🙂

  30. I made 2 loaves today and holy cow! This is a fantastic recipe. I have made several recipes of no-knead bread and this is my favorite. Crisp crust, but still airy and delicious inside. I made one loaf on a baking stone and the other in my dutch oven and both turned out great! I threw in some asiago cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic cloves, and some italian spices. Best bread I've ever made! I do think that the whole roasted garlic cloves were a bit overpowering, so I might try doing minced garlic instead.

  31. This bread turned out SO GOOD! It delicious & the crust on it is exactly what you want from a bread. I am no bread baker (I’ve never made it before) and this recipe is fool proof! I will be baking this all the time now!

    1. I haven't tried, but I'm sure you could at least sub half of the flour with whole wheat! If you try it, please let me know how it goes!

  32. Hi! I love this bread recipe but have recently gone gluten free. was wondering if you know of any success using gluten free all purpose flour?

    1. I haven't tried it! I have had good success with Bob's Red Mill's Gluten-Free 1-to-1 flour in the past, but that was with cookies and I have never tried it with breads.

  33. I have minimal baking equipment (and no Dutch oven), so how do you suggest I bake it? I can cover it with foil or do water under the pan? If I cover the dough with aluminum foil, do I wrap it over the dough, so it touches? Or how would I do that

    1. Either use a large pot with the dough inside it and aluminum foil over the top (so no, it shouldn't touch the dough) if you don't have an oven-safe lid OR use the method on the baking sheet with another pan underneath filled with water. Both methods are explained in more detail in the post.

  34. Delicious!  This was my first time making bread, followed the instructions exactly and it turned out great!  I did put mine on parchment paper in a 3.5qt Dutch oven and it was perfect.  It’s so quick an easy to put together, I made my dough around dinner, let it sit about 15 hours, and cooked it in the morning.  


  35. Made this bread with cranberry and thyme...made it in small buns and tripled the recipe as I wanted to deliver to friends that cannot go out at the moment. They all loved it so much! Will make again and again! Thank you 🙂