Italian Herb Asiago Cheese No-Knead Bread

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Italian Herb Asiago No-Knead Bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! Made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade Italian Herb Asiago Cheese Bread couldn't be easier to throw together & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter!
italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

Hello, hello, & welcome back to Plays Well With Butter soup month!

Here on PWWB, February is all about cozy, comforting soup. so far we’ve talked about my favorite hearty minestrone soup recipe, one of my favorite family recipes – instant pot hawaiian beef stew, & my take on chicken tortilla soup (& it’s totally weeknight friendly!).

& If you ask me, no month dedicated to cozy & delicious soups would be complete without soup’s carbalicious partner-in-crime: crusty bread. so that’s what we’re doing today! fancy homemade bread, made easy af…

An Easy Bread Recipe to Make You Feel Fancy AF: Italian Herb Asiago Cheese No-Knead Bread

italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread
italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

Oh HELLO crusty, warm, makes-your-kitchen-smell-like-heaven lover. Easy AF & fancy AF homemade bread. We. Are. Doin’. It!!!

italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

When I was planning out recipes for soup month, I knew that a homemade no-knead bread would have to be thrown into the line-up. In our house, no soup night is complete without a slice of warm & buttery perfectly crusty bread. & If I’m on my A-game (meaning I’m planning things out at least 12 hours in advance…), I’m sure to whip up a loaf of no-knead bread.

I’ll preface this by saying I am not a baker. Not in the slightest. So if you’re feeling all “homemade bread? too fancy!!! I can’t do that!” right now, let’s push those feelings aside.

I’ll walk you through the whole process step by step in just a sec, but for now, just trust me: if I can do it, you can totally do it too!!! (Double pinky swear.)

italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

I’ve been making homemade no-knead breads for a few years now (exhibit a: No-Knead Spicy Cheese Bread) & they never cease to amaze me. For something that’s as simple literally stirring together flour, yeast & water to turn into the most glorious bakery-worthy loaf of golden & crusty bread…it’s pretty much magic. This no-knead bread recipe is made even more magical with the addition of two of the simplest ingredients:

  • Some italian seasoning, &
  • A generous handful of shaved asiago (or parmesan!) cheese
italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

The asiago creates pockets of melty, cheesy goodness all throughout the loaf, & the Italian seasoning adds a punch of garlicky, herbaceous flavor to every single bite.

Dreamy, right?

…& if you could even believe it, things are about to get even dreamier…this Italian Herb Asiago Cheese No-Knead Bread couldn’t be easier to make!

Easy, cheesy, yes please-y! ♡ Read on to learn more about this Italian Herb Asiago Cheese No-Knead Bread, or jump straight to the recipe & get cookin’!

The Key to Making Crusty Bread at Home = A Dutch Oven!

italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

Making a loaf of Italian Herb Asiago No-Knead Bread can really be broken down into 3 simple steps:

  1. Prep the dough
  2. Bake
  3. Devour the bread (obviously.)
italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

It’s really as simple as that!

First, you will prep the dough. Making any no-knead bread takes a little bit of planning, since the dough will need to sit for at least 12 hours to rise before you bake it off. This is known as “long fermentation” & is what allows the gluten in the dough to develop since we’re not kneading this dough. (No-knead, remember?!)

Good news is, prepping the dough for this Italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread is truly a 5-minute, one-bowl task: add some flour, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, yeast, asiago cheese & water to a large bowl & stir to combine.

italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

That’s it! Even if you barely remembered about your plans to bake no-knead bread the following day until the moment you are ready to turn in for the night (been there!), you can still whip up your dough in 5 minutes flat.

After 12 hours, the dough will have risen into a beautifully puffy dough ball & you’ll be ready to bake your Italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread!

The secret to achieving the perfect crust on this Italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread lies baking it in a roaring hot dutch oven. About 30 minutes before you want to bake your bread, pop your dutch oven into the oven. Providing the dutch oven time to heat thoroughly & evenly creates the most beautiful crust while baking the bread.

Halfway through baking, I like to lightly mist the loaf with some olive oil spray, which helps it develop an even richer golden color as it finishes baking.

italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

& if you’re feeling a little extra? Sprinkle a little flaky sea salt over top. It adds the tiniest bit of addictively salty crunch to the bread. So seriously simple, but sooo seriously good.

Less than one hour later, you’ll have a golden hot loaf of crusty homemade bread & your kitchen will smell like homemade bread heaven. If life gets better than that, I don’t even know how!

Serving Italian Herb Asiago Cheese No-Knead Bread

italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

Once you realize how easy it is to make, you’ll be obsessed with having a loaf of homemade Italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread on hand at all times, which is totally fine considering how versatile it is.

You can enjoy this Italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread…

  • On its own (might i suggest a smear of butter & a sprinkling of flaky sea salt?!)
  • Dunked in a cozy bowl of soup (it pairs perfectly with my hearty minestrone soup recipe – pictured here!, & my lightened-up Italian wedding soup – recipe coming tomorrow!)
  • Served with a big bowl of pasta (hellooo lamb ragu, turkey bolognese, & marsala pasta!)
  • Along with your favorite antipasti spread
  • Sandwiched around your fave fillings for the ultimate Italian sandwich
italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

…the possibilities are seriously endless!

& endless possibilities + easy AF homemade bread? That’s pretty much magic if you ask me (told ya I double pinky swear).

I’m convinced Italian herb cheese bread makes the world go ’round! If you do give it a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your PWWB creations!

Want more cozy PWWB faves? We’ve got you covered! Try this Hearty Minestrone Soup, Braised Lamb Ragu, or this Skillet Chicken Pot Pie next. Happy cooking! ♡

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italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter! #playswellwithbutter #italianherbbread #asiagocheesebread #nokneadbread #nokneadbreaddutchoven #nokneadbreadvariations #easybreadrecipes #crustybread #homemadebread

Italian Herb Asiago Cheese No-Knead Bread

  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes (includes inactive time)
  • Total Time: 14 hours (includes inactive time)
  • Yield: 1 loaf bread (serves 4-6) 1x
  • Category: Breads & Cakes
  • Method: No-Knead, Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Italian Herb Asiago Cheese No-Knead Bread, prepped in less than 10 minutes active time & baked to crusty, golden perfection in a dutch oven! made with only 5 pantry ingredients, this homemade Italian herb asiago cheese bread couldn’t be easier to throw together, & is perfect to serve with any of your favorite soups for a totally cozy dinner this winter!


Ingredients

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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup shaved Asiago cheese (or parmesan cheese!)
  • 1 ½ cups lukewarm water
  • optional: olive oil spray, flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Make the Italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread dough: About 12 hours before you’d like to bake your Italian herb Asiago cheese no-knead bread, make the dough. In a large bowl, combine the flour, Italian seasoning, Kosher salt, & active dry yeast. Whisk to combine. Add the Asiago, stirring to combine. Slowly & gradually pour in the lukewarm water, mixing the dough with a wooden spoon until just combined. The dough will look shaggy & will be very sticky at this point – & that’s totally fine! Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel & let rest in a warm, dry place for 12 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees about 30 minutes before you are ready to bake Italian herb Asiago cheese no-knead bread. Make sure one of the oven’s racks is positioned in the middle of the oven, & place an oven-safe dutch oven (at least 4-quart) on the rack, with its lid on, to heat along with the oven while it preheats. Once the oven is preheated, let the dutch oven sit in the hot oven for 20 minutes longer to really make sure it’s up to temperature – I literally set a cook timer for 20 minutes once the oven is preheated.
  3. Prep the dough: Meanwhile, as the oven preheats, transfer the Italian herb Asiago cheese no-knead bread dough to a large piece of parchment paper. I like to quickly spritz my hands with nonstick cooking spray – it makes it so much easier to handle the dough without it sticking to your hands!
  4. Bake the Italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread: Once the dutch oven is up to temperature, very carefully remove it from the oven. Quickly & carefully remove the lid of the dutch oven, place the dough inside (you can just drop the parchment paper right in!), put the lid back on the dutch oven, & place the dutch oven back into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the dutch oven from the oven. Remove the lid and spray the top of the Italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread generously with olive oil spray. Sprinkle some flaky sea salt over top, as desired. Return the dutch oven to the oven & bake, uncovered, for an additional 20 minutes, or until the loaf is crusty & golden brown (see photos above for reference).
  5. Serve: Carefully remove the bread from the dutch oven – you can just lift the parchment paper right out of the dutch oven. Allow to cool slightly before slicing or tearing the bread. Enjoy!


Notes

Keywords: italian herb asiago cheese no-knead bread, no-knead bread

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 12.3.20
    Emily S said:

    One of my favorite breads to make! So flavorful and easy!

    • 1.27.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Emily! So glad to hear that you enjoyed – it truly is so easy to make!

  2. 7.8.20
    Cindy said:

    Does it make a difference if you use bread flour vs. all purpose flour?

    • 6.12.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Cindy, the recipe was developed with all-purpose flour but if you have bread flour on hand you can certainly try it! Bread flour tends to have higher amount of gluten & can lead to a chewier texture but keep in mind using bread flour will likely require some kneading. Hope this helps & let us know if you give it a try!

  3. 4.3.20
    Kathy said:

    Wow – I love to cook but baking is not really my thing . Well – I tried this recipe today.. and this bread turned out – amazing!!! This was a positive thing in the midst of the coronavirus stuff. Thank you for the recipe. I really enjoyed the whole experience 🙂

  4. 2.14.20
    Kate said:

    Hi! A question – is it safe to leave cheese like Asiago in the dough to raise overnight/12 hours at room temp?? Seems like usually the recommended time is 2 hours max for cheeses like these! Thanks 🙂

    • 2.18.20
      jess said:

      Hi Kate! Asiago is a hard cheese, so it’s typically more resilient to sitting out for longer periods of time. I have never had issues with preparing the recipe as described, but, of course, if it’s something that concerns you, this might not be the recipe for you! Hope this helps!

  5. 12.1.19
    Claudia said:

    Question. Can I let the dough rise 24 hours? Its 1:00 pm here and I I mixed a batch of dough without noticing the instructions said to bake 12 hours later. I certainly don’t want to be baking bread at 1:00 am.

    • 12.1.19
      jess said:

      Hey Claudia! A 24 hour rise should work just fine…no need to wake up at 1 am to bake. =) xx

  6. 11.13.19
    Lori said:

    Dutch oven baking is so easy that I make this recipe to give away as gifts. Sometimes I wake up early to get the dough prepared in the morning before work. Then I come home and bake it for fresh hot bread with dinner.