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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Oozing with cheese and stuffed with sausage, Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza made at home will turn any dinner time into a party. 

Deep Dish Pizza

You don’t need to travel all the way to the Windy City to enjoy a deep dish pizza. For cheese and meat lovers, Chicago style pizza is the ULTIMATE meal.

This is pizza you eat with a fork and best shared with lots of friends and family who can “Oooh” and “Ahhh” and “Mmmm” with you while you devour your deep dish pie. 

What is Chicago style pizza? 

Chicago style pizza is not your standard pie from the pizza delivery shop.

Instead of rolling the dough thin onto a pan, you shape it into a deep pie pan or cake pan. After layering cheese, meat and sauce over the dough, you bake the pie until bubbly.

It’s no more difficult to make than other kinds of pizza and oh so satisfying to dig into with your fork. 

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Recipe 

The best deep dish pizza starts with a good homemade pizza dough made with both bread flour and all-purpose flour. Browned sausage, and a rich homemade tomato sauce complete the pizza along with a generous amount of shredded cheese. 

STEP 1. Make the Pizza Dough

In a large mixing bowl, combine, flours, yeast, salt and sugar. Slowly add water and olive oil. Mix with a paddle attachment for 2 minutes.

Remove and use dough hook to knead dough for 2-3 minutes. Remove and put in a greased bowl. Cover with saran wrap and allow to rise 2 hours in a warm place (I put it on top of my dryer).

Divide dough into two balls. Using hands, knead 1 Tbsp of softened butter into each dough ball. Put into a 9-inch cake pan (or deep dish pizza pan) and allow to rise and additional 1-2 hours in a warm place.

While the dough is rising, prepare the other pizza ingredients. 

PRO TIP: Recipe makes two 9-inch deep dish pizzas. Freeze half dough for later if desired!

STEP 2. Brown the Sausage 

Brown hot Italian sausage in a large skillet, breaking up into small chunks. Drain sausage completely.

STEP 3. Make the Pizza Sauce 

In a large pot, combine tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and garlic salt. Simmer on low heat for 1 -2 hours (while the dough rises). 

STEP 4. Assemble and Bake

When ready to assemble pizzas, press dough lightly with fingertips to bottom and sides of pan. Lay 2 cups of shredded cheese in bottom of pizza. Top with browned sausage and about 2 1/2 cups of sauce. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 25 minutes. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes. Slice and eat. ENJOY!

A deep dish pizza is such a fun weekend meal. Serve with a side salad and bread sticks or enjoy all on its own. We love to share a deep dish pie on family movie night and it’s also often requested for birthday dinners! 

What kind of sausage should you use for deep dish pizza?

My preference by far is to use spicy Italian sausage with casings removed in my deep dish pizza.

This gives it an authentic flavor that can’t be beat. If you can’t find  hot Italian sausage, add a pinch or two of red pepper flakes to regular Italian sausage. 

What kind of cheese should you use for deep dish pizza? 

This Chicago style pizza recipe calls for Mozzarella cheese. You use bagged mozzarella shreds for convenience or fresh mozzarella if you happen to have some on hand. Other blends of shredded Italian cheeses will also taste great in your deep dish pizza! 

Make Ahead Meal

To make this pizza quicker and easier, you can prep the sauce and dough ahead of time! Follow the steps for making the dough up until it’s time to knead in the butter. 

Store prepared dough tightly wrapped in the fridge until ready to use and let it come to room temperature before continuing with the recipe. Don’t forget to let it rise again in the pan before adding the other ingredients. 

Sauce keeps will stored covered in the fridge for a few days or in the freezer for several months. As a bonus, I’ve found the sauce only tastes better when it’s allowed to sit for a day or two. All the garlic and herb flavors mingle beautifully with the tangy tomatoes to create a pizza sauce that’s so much better than anything that comes from a can. 

Recipe Notes 

  • Don’t have time to make your own dough? You can use your favorite prepared pizza dough for this recipe. If you buy refrigerated or frozen dough, just make sure it comes to room temperature before you work with it and allow it to rise again in the pan before you proceed with the recipe. Tip: Many pizza restaurants will sell their uncooked dough if you ask! 
  • Make sure to use sausage with the casings removed! 

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Yield: 16

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Everyone loves digging into a deep dish Chicago style pizza! Skip the ordering and make your own pie at home for your next pizza night. 

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup bread flour
  • 1 pkg (0.25oz) active yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened

For the Filling:

  • 1 lb hot Italian Sausage, no casings
  • 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 4 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. For the dough, in a large mixing bowl, combine, flours, yeast, salt and sugar. Slowly add water and olive oil. Mix with a paddle attachment for 2 minutes. Remove and use dough hook to knead dough for 2-3 minutes. Remove and put in a greased bowl. Cover with saran wrap and allow to rise 2 hours in a warm place (I put it on top of my dryer). Divide dough into two balls. Using hands, knead 1 Tbsp of softened butter into each dough ball. Put into a 9inch cake pan (or deep dish pizza pan) and allow to rise and additional 1-2 hours in a warm place.
  2. Brown italian sausage in a large skillet, breaking up into small chunks. Make sure your sausage is removed from the casings. If you can't find the HOT Italian sausage, add a pinch or two of red pepper flakes. Drain sausage completely.
  3. In a large pot, combine tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and garlic salt. Simmer while dough rises on low heat (about 1-2 hours).
  4. When ready to assemble pizzas, press dough lightly with fingertips to bottom and sides of pan. Lay 2 cups of shredded cheese in bottom of pizza. Top with browned sausage and about 2 1/2 cups of sauce.
  5. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 25 minutes. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes. Slice and eat. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 42mg Sodium: 851mg Carbohydrates: 25g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 15g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published February 6, 2013. Photos updated 2020.

Everyone loves digging into a deep dish Chicago style pizza! Skip the ordering and make your own pie at home for your next pizza night. 

 

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Posted on January 29, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’m from ‘New Yawk’ and love me some pizza… My son and his family now live in Chicago area and my daughter in law loves her some deep-dish… (I hesitate to call it pizza 🙂 ) her favorite is pepperoni with Spinach and I have to say it is delicious. I thought maybe I’d make some deep dish for her while they are here for Thanksgiving…can’t eat Turkey every night. Some recipes call for a regular NY-type pizza dough and I knew that wasn’t right…it’s not the same. Glad to see yours’ is authentic. It’s like from my big fat greek wedding… NY Pizza is like an apple and Chicago pizza is like an orange – they are different, but they are all fruit…(in this case pizza!).

  2. Looking at these pictures makes me crave this pizza! It sounds amazing. I think I might give this a shot with my favorite toppings which are ham and pineapple. 😀

  3. This pizza was absolutely delicious. Just wanted to thank you for sharing this recipe. My son couldn’t believe I had made it. The crust is way better than the recipe I had. 🙂 Be blessed.

  4. This seems to be wonderful! As well as We didn’t realize that you’re via Chicago, il – I’ve invested considerable time traveling generally there in addition to there may be So much excellent foodstuff. YUM!

  5. I’m not a Chicagoan by birth but that city is my city – I’ve lived there twice in my life. I, too, have lived in Cincy and Donatos and LaRosas have NOTHING on good Chicago deep dish. So thank you for this recipe – I’m a Navy wife who will probably not return to the city anytime soon but now I can make this for my family!

  6. I’m a Malnati’s girl and have been looking for a good deep dish pizza recipe. Minnesota has nothing. For the Italian beef, try the Instant Pot version. It’s pretty close to Portillo’s. I miss Chicago food on a daily basis.

  7. Lately, I’ve started to really enjoy deep dish pizza. I love that you can prep this ahead of time and even freeze the dough. So fun to make with my son!

  8. Chicago Pizza is one of my favorites. I love it the deep dish idea. We like the chicken and mushroom version. Need to try this as well!

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