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Chicago-Style Pan Pizza Recipe

Chicago-Style Pan Pizza Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 pound bulk 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in oil until onion is tender. Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, salt, fennel seed and garlic powder.
  • 3. Spoon over mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Yield: 6 slices.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 516 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 1423mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 6g fiber), 29g protein.

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lauramarielawson User ID: 5246360 255947
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2016

"I've made this several times with great results. Most recently I added about a cup of pizza sauce to the tomato mixture and it was great!"

imvideomom User ID: 1160174 247674
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2016

"This recipe is one of our new favorites. I've made it using pizza sauce instead of the tomatoes as well as added green peppers. It still turns out very tasty."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 79048
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"Very good. Not as heavy as a pizza as I expected. We left out the fennel seed because it is not one of our favorites. Will definitely make again."

LauraManning User ID: 968398 132369
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"Very good and filling. I used 1/2 ground chuck and 1/2 mild Italian sausage. Make sure you drain the tomatoes really good, or you'll have water standing on top of the pizza."

LaFrenierM User ID: 5629873 110184
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"My husband is in Afghanistan currently. He is a huge pizzaholic! I'm excited to make this for him when he comes home. It was excellent! Experimenting w/ toppings will be fun! :)"

bmotox68 User ID: 5525100 68059
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"I have made this 3 times and now and it is wonderful. Very easy to make and you can even mix it up a little with the toppings. Will be making this for years to come!"

ajackson2004 User ID: 3018223 137040
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"Verry Good! My hubby loved it and wants me to put it on my "cook often" list. I had a hard time getting the dough to spread, any suggestions?"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 57201
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"Not a fan of frozen bread dough. Used pizza dough from my local italian market. Pressing the dough in the pan was easier than rolling out. Loved the combo of sausage and muchrooms. Living in a suburb of Chicago, I can tell you this recipe is a close second."

sandra Henslee User ID: 1122812 91964
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"We love this recipe. It is one of the best I have found. It has a restaurant quality flavor and is not difficult to make. The only change I made was to use petite diced tomatoes and only 14 oz. of them. The larger tomatoes were overwhelming to the spices. Thanks for a great recipe!"

aliciab26 User ID: 1308185 139142
Reviewed May. 8, 2009

"This is one of our favorite pizzas! I have also used this with our standard pizza dough and it is yummy! Authentic or not, it is very good.


burnettutah User ID: 3495721 132367
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

" I am sure this pizza is great but this doesn't even resemble real Chicago Pies like you would get at Lou Malnati's or Geno's East. Lou Malnati's, for example, does not use onions in the sauce.  The Sauce is really quite simple.  Just Plum tomatoes and tomato sauce with a garnish of oregano on top (you may add a little olive oil, in the sauce,  if you like).  The Garlic is applied to the crust in the form of garlic butter.  The crust is simple just flour, water, olive oil, corn oil, yeast and salt.  The pizza is assembled in the following manner, cheese, meat, cheese, tomatoes, oregano and a dusting of Romano cheese.  That is all there is to it.  It is a simple pie to make and it keeps people all over the world longing to go back to Chicago just for a slice of it.

If you contact me I would be happy to share a recipe that I developed that is a close clone of the traditional Lou Malnati's pie.  It is easy to make.  If you have a dough mixer or bread machine it is faster than waiting for bread dough to thaw and it is about a billion times better.
I am glad to see that someone else loves Chicago as much as I do.  I had tried for years to recreate the taste of Chicago and eventualy just ordered about $80 worth of pies and had them mailed to me on ice.  I read the ingredients and took the pies apart until I could duplicate them.  I do find that the sausage and pepperoni can't be duplicated locally but I buy the best that is available and the result is pretty good.  The other change I have made is I add a bit more yeast to the dough.  It makes it a little fluffier but my kids like it that way.
 I have now posted the recipe here:

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