Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

The Chicago deep dish pizza has been a family favorite for many years. Today, you can make it all by yourself. Let’s take a look at this recipe and how you can make it together.

What is a deep dish pizza?

A deep dish pizza is unlike any other pizza you've ever had. It's baked in a tall, circular pan with a thick crust on the bottom filled with cheese, toppings (optional) in the middle, and sauce on top.

chicago deep dish pizza

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What’s special about the Chicago deep dish pizza?

Well, did you know that the Chicago deep dish pizza does not resemble the pizza you are accustomed to? A deep dish cake pan is used to bake it. The sauce is placed on top of the cheese, which is right on top of the dough. In a way, it's like an upside-down pizza pie.

Here’s how you can make it for yourself and your family! 

This recipe yields ingredients for 8 servings or 8 slices of pizza


Let’s take a look at what ingredients you need to make your very own Chicago deep dish pizza:

  • 10 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz of Italian sausage

For the sauce,

  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 30 oz or 1 can of crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

For the dough,

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 3.5 oz or ¾ cup of cornmeal
  • 14.3 oz or 3 ¼ cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 300ml or 1 ¼ cups of warm water


making dough

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  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and add the onion, salt, red pepper flakes, and oregano. Cook until golden brown. This is for the pizza sauce.
  2. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce thickens, after adding the garlic, sugar, and crushed tomatoes.
  3. To make the dough, whisk together the active dry yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let it sit for one minute.
  4. Combine the flour, cornmeal, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Stir the dry ingredients with the yeast mixture and butter until a dough forms.
  6. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it forms into a ball.
  7. Place dough in a large mixing bowl that has been coated with olive oil. Coat the dough in oil and set it aside. Allow 1 hour for resting.
  8. Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured board.
  9. Cut the dough in half and roll it out to a thickness of at least 5 cm wider than your deep dish pan.
  10. Place the leftover dough in a resealable freezer bag after double wrapping it in plastic wrap. You can freeze it for up to a month.
  11. Then, preheat your oven to 215°C.
  12. Place your dough in a deep dish pan that has been greased and floured.
  13. Press dough into the sides of the dish with your hands, making it as even as possible.
  14. Cover the whole bottom of the dough with mozzarella pieces.
  15. On top of the mozzarella, place chunks of uncased Italian sausage and tomato sauce.
  16. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is gently browned.
  17. Cut and serve with a parmesan garnish. Enjoy your freshly made pizza!

What’s the difference between deep dish and pan pizza?

The deep dish version is widely popular among pizza lovers. It has a relatively thick and crumbly crust that is topped with plenty of mozzarella, toppings, and a layer of chunky tomato sauce. This is the look that most of the big-name Chicago restaurants have.

Another standout element of the deep dish pizza is the ring of caramelized parmesan cheese, which crisps up in the pizza pan. The crust is also thicker and more akin to pan pizzas found in other types of pizzas.


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