Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza Recipe
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Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza Recipe

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My husband and I tried to duplicate the pizza from a popular Chicago restaurant, and I think our recipe turned out even better. The secret is baking it in a cast-iron skillet! —Lynn Hamilton, Naperville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 6 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, well drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon each garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil and pepper
  • 48 slices pepperoni
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 407 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 872mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, cornmeal, yeast, sugar and salt. In a saucepan, heat water and oil to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Punch dough down; divide in half. Roll each portion into an 11-in. circle. Press dough onto the bottom and up the sides of two greased 10-in. ovenproof skillets. Sprinkle each with 2 cups mozzarella cheese.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and seasonings. Spoon 1-1/2 cups over each pizza. Layer each with half of the sausage, pepperoni and mushrooms; 1 cup mozzarella; and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  5. Cover and bake at 450° for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 5 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Yield: 2 pizzas (8 slices each).
Editor's Note: Two 9-in. springform pans may be used in place of the skillet. Place pans on baking sheets. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen crust before removing sides.
Originally published as Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza in Country Woman January/February 2002, p43

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 264606
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2017

"Yummy! I used 1 cast iron skillet and 1 springform pan, both worked well. Pizza goes a long was as it is very filling."

curlylis85 User ID: 3166950 263933
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"Our family loved this pizza! It's really hearty and filling. Using the two skillets worked well."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 263663
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2017

"I've been having more fun trying the recipes from the Feb/Mar 2017 TOH issue and this recipe is no exception. Everyone loved it. The spring form pans worked well. Absolutely yummy recipe!"

DJ2Fan User ID: 6713910 243738
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2016

"This is an excellent recipe! I had never made deep dish pizza before (although I love it) so when my husband requested it for his birthday I gave it a try. I used two 9-in spring form pans as suggested in the editors note and they worked well. Also, I substituted ground beef for the sausage and seasoned the beef with the same seasonings as the sauce. It was delicious--this recipe is a keeper!"

frodehvik User ID: 7359982 76275
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"Best deep dish out there? I made it with light adjustments, since all ingredients weren't available in Norway. Fantastic."

harrells7 User ID: 4361698 83528
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"I have made this several times now, and it has turned out great every time! I have found using a stone baking dish works wonderfully, and it makes enough for 2 (the dough freezes really well if only making one pizza)"

PPENA User ID: 5003323 42182
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"I moved out of Chicago 14 years ago and one of the things I missed the most was the deep dish pizza. No more. It is so authenic, I thought I was back home sitting on the lake watching the sun go down. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe."

munchiequeen User ID: 4529977 34249
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"The crust needs to bake a bit first. Then add ingredients and it's great"

jesshensch User ID: 5578869 204712
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"Amazing! Just the recipe I was looking for!"

dbljdblk User ID: 6197065 91442
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"Next time I would omit the tomatoes and use more of a sauce and paste combo"

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