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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

 Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
I developed a love for Chicago's deep-dish pizzas while attending college in the Windy City. This simple recipe relies on frozen bread dough, so I can indulge in the mouthwatering sensation without leaving home.—Nikki MacDonald, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
4 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Press dough onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 13-in. x
  • 9-in. baking dish. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat
  • until no longer pink; drain. Sprinkle over dough. Top with
  • mozzarella cheese.
  • In a skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in oil until onion is tender.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, salt, fennel seed and garlic powder.
  • Spoon over mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at
  • 350° for 25-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Yield: 8
  • slices.

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Nutritional Facts: 2 pieces equals 786 calories, 38 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 97 mg cholesterol, 2,110 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 42 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.