Cast-Iron Favorite Pizza

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jul. 27, 2023
Cast-iron skillets are the perfect vessel for a crisp, deep-dish pizza without needing any extra cookware. Our team developed this meaty pizza that is fabulous for any time of year. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Cast-Iron Favorite Pizza Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 package (3 ounces) sliced pepperoni
  • 1/2 pound deli ham, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Additional pizza sauce


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine butter, eggs, grated Parmesan, salt, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; let rest for 5 minutes. Grease a 12-in. deep-dish cast-iron skillet or other ovenproof skillet; sprinkle with cornmeal. Press dough into pan; build up edge slightly.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, cook beef, sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender, 8-10 minutes, breaking meat into crumbles; drain. Spread pizza sauce over dough to within 1 in. of edge; sprinkle with meat mixture. Top with mushrooms, pepperoni, ham, olives, mozzarella and shredded Parmesan.
  5. Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted, 30-35 minutes. Serve with additional pizza sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 712 calories, 42g fat (19g saturated fat), 184mg cholesterol, 1865mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 36g protein.