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Here’s how to make authentic-tasting Chicago deep dish pizza. Complete with the buttery crust, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and a thick layer of cheese. 

This recipe is brought to you in partnership with Red Star Yeast.

slice of deep dish pizza on a white plate

Warning: this post has about 1,000,000 step-by-step photos and lots of little explanations to go along with them. Might want to grab some coffee.

I recently looked at my website’s stats and came to find out that Chicago is my most popular city in the US. I have more Chicago readers than any other place in this country. That’s crazy awesome because I love Chicago. As a little tribute to my #1 city, I’m finishing one blow-out year with a Chicago inspired recipe.

I’ve only had the pleasure of having real, authentic Chicago-style pizza a few times. And those few times have been enough to convince me that Chicago-style pizza is incomparably good. Better than good.

deep dish pizza in a baking pan

So, what makes Chicago-style pizza so damn amazing? The answer is everything. Every little detail about this pizza is special. First, this pizza clearly doesn’t look like a pizza you are used to. It’s baked in a deep dish cake pan. The cheese goes directly on top of the crust and the sauce is piled on top. An upside-down pizza pie of sorts. Now, I may be completely wrong, but I’ve learned that the proper way to eat Chicago-style pizza is with a fork. Is this right, Chicago readers? I hope so because it’s the only way I can eat it without making an atrocious and very embarrassing mess.

Let’s talk about all the wonderful layers in this pizza.

The deep dish pizza crust. A crunchy-edged, flaky crust is key in Chicago-style pizza. It’s absolutely not a regular pizza crust. No, this crust is unique. And that’s why I steered completely away from my regular pizza crust recipe and dove headfirst into something completely nuts. Adding a little cornmeal. Cornmeal is what makes the crust so crunchy and flavorful. Not to mention, tasting like you’re eating the real deal.

deep dish pizza in a baking pan before baking

What else is special about this pizza crust? It’s so buttery. The butteriest pizza crust on the planet, or at least the butteriest pizza crust I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. To get that ultra buttery flavor, as well as the iconic flaky texture of Chicago-style pizza crust, we’re going to laminate the pizza dough. Umm, what?? Yes. It sounds weird, I know. But laminating dough is exactly what gives croissants its flaky layers. Laminating, or layering, butter into dough is the answer an authentic tasting Chicago pizza crust.

This all sounds hard, doesn’t it? Good news, it’s not! Laminating is literally just spreading butter on your pizza dough and folding it up. Then, rolling the pizza dough out again locking that butter inside. Easy.

I’m not sure how and I’m not sure why… but despite being a little crunchy and very flaky, this pizza crust will absolutely melt in your mouth. It’s crunchy, buttery, and tender all at the same time? A miracle crust.

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slice of deep dish pizza on a white plate with a fork

Let’s talk about the pizza sauce. Slightly sweet, incredibly thick, and wonderfully flavorful. The sauce is always my favorite part about Chicago-style pizza. In fact, I usually order extra sauce on the side. All about the condiments in my world.

This garlic infused pizza sauce is made on the stovetop and, while waiting for the pizza dough to rise, simmers quietly allowing the flavors to develop and the texture to thicken. I like to add some red pepper flakes for a little heat; it really gives this sauce something extra. If you don’t like heat, you can leave it out. This sauce is unlike ANY other tomato sauce I’ve ever had. To me, it tastes like the kinds I’ve had in Chicago. You’re going to love it. Unless of course you don’t like tomato sauce.

Along with the miracle crust and this luscious pizza sauce, a whole lotta cheese goes into this deep dish pie. You may use sliced mozzarella or shredded. Whatever it is, slice or shred it yourself from a block of real mozzarella cheese. Pre-shredded mozzarella is just fine, but the taste of sliced or shredded fresh mozzarella is just unbeatable.

My husband loves a good pepperoni pizza with bacon, so I add both to the Chicago-style pizza. These go on top of the cheese and before the sauce. A little grated parmesan to finish things up and we’ve got ourselves one damn tasty copycat Chicago deep dish pizza. How many times can I type Chicago in one post?

I love you Chicago and your pizza too!

deep dish pizza in a baking pan

This recipe makes 2 deep dish pizzas. They are small 9 inch pizzas. Two hungry people can easily finish one. Make them both if you have a family of 4-5 or are having friends over. If your family is smaller, freeze half of the dough per the make-ahead/freezing instructions in the recipe notes. Please use my step-by-step photos below this written out recipe as a guide to making the pizza. For best results and ease of mind (!!!), please read through the recipe completely before beginning.

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slice of deep dish pizza on a white plate

How To Make Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 deep dish 9-inch pizzas 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Here’s how to make authentic-tasting Chicago deep dish pizza. Complete with the buttery crust, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and a thick layer of cheese. This recipe makes two deep dish 9-inch pizzas. Make them both if you have a family of 4-5 or are having friends over. If your family is smaller, freeze half of the dough per the make-ahead/freezing instructions in the recipe notes.


Ingredients

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Pizza Crust (makes 2)

  • 3 and 1/4 cups (406g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 cup (60g) yellow cornmeal
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (12g) granulated sugar
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons (7g) Platinum Yeast from Red Star instant yeast (1 standard packet)*
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (300ml) slightly warm water
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, divided (1/4 cup melted, 1/4 cup softened to room temperature)
  • olive oil for coating

Tomato Sauce for Both Pizzas

  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, grated (about 1/3 cup)*
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional, but recommended)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • one 28-ounce can (794g) crushed tomatoes*
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar

Toppings for Both Pizzas

  • 4 cups (about 16 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese*
  • 1/2 cup (45g) grated parmesan cheese
  • optional: 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
  • optional: 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  1. Please use my step-by-step photos below this written out recipe as a guide to making the pizza. For best results and ease of mind, read through the recipe completely before beginning. You will need two deep dish 9×2 inch round cake pans if you are making both pizzas at the same time. You can also use 9 inch springform pans.
  2. For the crust: Combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. If you do not have a stand mixer, use your hand mixer and a very very large bowl. If you do not have any mixer, you will do this all by hand. Again, use a very large bowl. Give those ingredients a quick toss with your mixer on low or with a large wooden spoon. Add the warm water and 1/4 cup of melted butter. The warm water should be around 90°F (32°C). Make sure it is not very, very hot or it will kill the yeast. Likewise, make sure the butter isn’t boiling hot. If you melt it in the microwave, let it sit for 5 minutes before adding. On low speed, beat (or stir) the dough ingredients until everything begins to be moistened. Continuing on low speed (or remove from the bowl and knead by hand if you do not own a mixer), beat the dough until it is soft and supple and gently pulls away from the sides of the bowl and falls off of the dough hook- about 4-5 minutes. If the dough is too hard (it will be textured from the cornmeal), but if it feels too tough, beat in 1 teaspoon of warm water. Alternatively, if it feels too soft, beat in 1 Tablespoon of flour.
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl and form into a ball. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl with olive oil and place the dough inside, turning it around so that all sides of the dough are coated in the oil. Cover the bowl tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rise in a warm environment for 1-2 hours or until double in size.
  4. Once the dough is ready, lightly flour a large work surface. Remove dough from the bowl, set the bowl and aluminum foil aside (to use later). Gently punch down the dough to remove any air bubbles and roll the dough into a large 15×12 inch rectangle. Spread 1/4 cup of softened butter on top of the dough. Roll it up lengthwise per the photos below. Cut the dough log in half. Form the two pieces of dough into balls and place back into your greased bowl. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to rise in the refrigerator (not in a warm place) for 1 hour until they are puffy as you make the sauce.
  5. For the sauce: Place butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat and allow it to melt. Once melted, add the grated onion, salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Once the onion has slightly browned after about 5 minutes, add the garlic, tomatoes, and sugar. Turn the heat down to low-medium and allow it to simmer until it’s hearty, fragrant, and thick- about 30 minutes. You’ll have about 2 and 1/2 cups of sauce at this point. If you have more than that, keep simmering until the amount has reduced. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to be used. You may store the sauce in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days if planning to make the pizza another day. You may freeze this sauce for up to 2 months as well.
  6. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  7. Assemble the pizzas: After the dough balls have risen in the refrigerator, they should be puffy. Keep one ball of dough in the refrigerator as you work with the first one. Roll it out on a lightly floured work surface, working it into a 12-inch circle. Using your rolling pin as a guide (see photos below), place over a 9×2 inch deep dish cake pan. Using your fingers, press the dough into the cake pan. Make sure it is nice and tight fitting inside the pan. Trim any excess dough off the edges with a small knife. Repeat with 2nd dough. Brush the top edges of the dough with a little olive oil, which gives the crust a beautiful sheen. Fill each pizza with 1/2 of the cheese (about 2 cups/8 oz per pizza), then the pepperoni and bacon or your desired toppings. Pour about 1 and 1/4 cups (300ml) of sauce evenly on top of each. If you do not like that much sauce, you can reduce to 3/4 cup (180ml) per pizza and have leftover sauce. Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup (22g) of grated parmesan cheese.
  8. Place the cake pans on top of a large baking sheet, which will catch anything potentially spilling over the sides of the pans. (Nothing usually does.) Bake for 20-28 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Feel free to loosely cover the pizzas with aluminum foil after the 15 minute mark to prevent any heavy browning and uneven baking. Remove the pizzas from the oven and allow to cool in the pans placed on a wire rack for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, slice, serve, and enjoy. Place any leftover pizza in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.  Reheat leftovers in a 300°F (149°C) oven for 15-20 minutes or until hot.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Dough may be prepared through step 4. In the last part of this step, the dough needs to rise in the refrigerator for 1 hour. You may leave it in the refrigerator for up to 1 full day, making sure to punch it down to remove any air bubbles before rolling out as directed in step 7. You may freeze the pizza doughs after preparing them through step 4, and instead of allowing to rise in the refrigerator, simply freeze for up to 2 months. Then, allow the doughs to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to rise at room temperature for 1 hour before continuing with step 7. Make-ahead and freezing instructions for the sauce are written in step 5.
  2. Yeast: Platinum Yeast from Red Star is an instant yeast. You can use any quick rise or instant yeast in this recipe. You can also use active dry yeast in this recipe with zero changes. The rise time may be slightly longer if using active dry yeast.
  3. Onion & Tomatoes: Please see notes below the recipe in the step-by-step photos for details about the grated onion and the can of crushed tomatoes.
  4. Cheese: You can use sliced mozzarella or shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Toppings: Feel free to swap the pepperoni and bacon with cooked and crumbled sausage, thinly sliced green peppers and/or onions, sliced mushrooms, etc. Add enough toppings to suit your tastes.
  6. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.
  7. Adapted from: a mix of Food.com and Cooks Illustrated

Keywords: deep dish pizza, chicago style deep dish pizza

Begin by combining the flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. If you do not have a stand mixer, use your hand mixer and a very very large bowl. If you do not have any mixer, you will do this all by hand. Use a very large bowl.

I always use Red Star yeast. I use it for all of my yeast doughs including cinnamon rolls, breads, pizzas, etc. Their platinum line is my variety of choice.

deep dish pizza dough ingredients in a stand mixer bowl

Give those ingredients a quick toss with your mixer on low or with a large wooden spoon.

Per the recipe instructions above, add 1 and 1/4 cups of warm water and 1/4 cup of melted butter. The warm water should be around 90 degrees. Make sure it is not very, very hot or it will kill the yeast. Likewise, make sure the butter isn’t boiling hot. If you melt it in the microwave, let it sit for 5 minutes before adding.

pizza dough in a stand mixer bowl with dough hook

On low speed, beat (or stir) the dough ingredients until everything begins to be moistened.

Continuing on low speed (or kneading by hand), beat the dough until it is soft and supple and gently pulls away from the sides of the bowl and falls off of the dough hook. If the dough is too hard (it will be textured from the cornmeal), but if it feels too tough, beat in a teaspoon of warm water. Alternatively, if it feels too soft, beat in a Tablespoon of flour.

pizza dough on a dough hook

Remove the dough from the bowl and form into a ball. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl and place the dough inside, turning it around so that all sides of the dough are coated in the oil. Cover the bowl tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rise in a warm environment. For this warm environment, here is what I do (see the right photo below):

Preheat oven to 250F degrees. Once 250F degrees, turn oven off. Place bowl inside. Close the oven. The lingering heat will help your dough rise. This is especially ideal on cold winter days!

2 images of pizza dough in a red bowl and pizza dough in a bowl covered with foil rising in the oven

After 1-2 hours, the dough will have doubled in size. Gently punch it down.

pizza dough in a red bowl after rising

Lightly flour a large work surface.

ball of deep dish pizza dough

Remove dough from the bowl, set the bowl aside (to use later) and roll the dough into a large 15×12 rectangle. It does not have to be a perfect rectangle as you can see from my obscure looking shaped dough. As long as the measurements are right.

rolled out deep dish pizza dough

Per the written recipe above, spread 1/4 cup of softened butter on top.

deep dish pizza dough rolled out with butter spread on top

Roll it up the opposite way you roll cinnamon rolls. With cinnamon rolls, you always roll the longest side. Here we are rolling the shortest side:

2 images of rolling and folding deep dish pizza dough

Cut the dough log in half. See all those layers? That is what will make our pizza crust so incredibly flaky!

hand holding deep dish pizza dough showing the layers

Form these two pieces of dough into balls.

2 balls of deep dish pizza dough

Place back into your greased bowl. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to rise in the refrigerator (not in a warm place) for 1 hour as you make the sauce.

2 balls of deep dish pizza dough in a red bowl

Let’s begin the tomato sauce.

onion on a cutting board with a grater

1 very small onion, grated. Why grated? Grated onion lets off SO much moisture. Much more than simply dicing or chopping the onion. You want that moisture in your sauce, trust me. Grate the onion and use about 1/3 cup of it. If your onion yield more than this amount, save the rest for a different recipe. Or just grate the onion until you have 1/3 cup.

Easy.

Over medium heat, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter and then add the grated onion, the oregano, salt, and red pepper flakes. Once the onion has slightly browned, add the garlic, tomatoes, and sugar.

2 images of sautéed onions, spices, and butter in a saucepan on the stove and garlic cloves on a cutting board

Here is a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes. I use a kind that has basil flavor added. You can certainly use a can of plain crushed tomatoes. If using that, make sure to add 1 – 2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh basil (or about 1/2 teaspoon of ground dried basil) when you add the tomatoes.

can of Hunt's crushed tomatoes

Let it simmer until it is hearty, fragrant, and thick. About 30 minutes. You’ll have about 2 and 1/2 cups of sauce at this point. If you have more than that, keep simmering until the amount has reduced.

2 images of pizza sauce in a saucepan on the stove with a wood spoon

Dough balls have risen in the refrigerator, let’s roll them out one at a time. Keep the 2nd one in the refrigerator as you roll the first. The dough should be puffy, buttery, and smooth.

pizza dough with a wood rolling pin

Roll the dough ball out into a 12-inch circle. Using your rolling pin as a guide, place over a 9×2 inch cake pan. Like this:

pizza dough rolled out with a wood rolling pin

And then this:

pizza dough placed in a baking pan

Using your fingers, press the dough into the cake pan. Trim any excess dough off the edges. I like to brush the top edges with a little olive oil, which gives the exposed crust a little sheen when baked. After that, fill with 1/2 of the cheese (about 2 cups).

deep dish pizza dough in a pan with layer of cheese on the crust

Then, top with your toppings of choice. As mentioned in the written recipe above, we use pepperoni and bacon. Diet food, really.

Top with 1/2 of the tomato sauce (about 1 and 1/4 cups– see written out recipe if you want to use less) and then 1/2 of the parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup per pizza). Repeat these last couple of steps with the second pizza.

Bake pizzas in a preheated 425F degree oven. Make sure that the oven is fully preheated and incredibly hot. Also, make sure you place the pans on top a baking sheet. Just in case anything spills over.

2 images of deep dish pizza with pepperoni and deep dish pizza toppings covered with sauce before baking

Crust is golden, pizzas look great.

deep dish pizza in a baking pan after baking

Slice and serve and ENJOY.

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. The actual pizza is amazing…. I’m not sure if it is just me, but the recipe is so extended and choppy, I am scrolling back and forth and back and forth to accomplish one part of the recipe. I would suggest chopping that recipe into 1/5 of what is shown and calling it the quick version. I love to cook, I love recipes, but I have a hard time understanding the purpose of over exaggerated recipes. Maybe for a new cook, but how about a quick version for us that are familiar with cooking?

    1. Same here. I love the recipes on this website but I find the back and forth somewhat cumbersome. I could print this with some editing but a quick straightforward recipe would be very nice.

    2. Hi Jane Doe: I have this issue with a lot of recipes too. One trick I do is click the “Print” icon. That usually brings up a nicely-abbreviated and compact version of the recipe.

      A bonus is, if you want to save it, the file size of the “print” version is usually much smaller!

    3. Same on the scrolling back and forth.
      What I did was measure out all my ingredients, then proceed through the steps referencing the steps that have PICTURES. Easier.

      And delicious!

    4. Here’s a great tip when you just want a recipe from a blog and not all the text and pictures—just copy the url of the recipe, go to just the recipe.com and paste in the url. It will give you a page with just the recipe, nothing else.

  2. I am so excited to try this recipe this weekend, as I love your regular pizza crust and so many other items on this page. Do you recommend partially cooking any of the vegetables before putting them on as toppings? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jamie, You can but we don’t find it necessary as the time in the oven will cook them. We hope you love this pizza!

  3. Can you use a 9×13 inch glass pan instead of a 9″ round or springform?

    1. Hi Jenevieve, we haven’t tried it, but I assume a 9×13 should be just fine with this amount of dough.

      1. How would I need to adjust the recipe to only make one 12 inch pie, using a 12 inch springform deep dish pizza pan?

  4. Hi, Love this recipe. I’ve made it twice and both time it came out wonderful. The second time I decided to freeze the second pizza. Can you tell me the best way to prepare a finished pizza from frozen?

    1. Hi Mark! We haven’t tested baking this deep dish pizza from frozen (see recipe notes for our recommend baking instructions). Let us know what you try!

      1. I don’t know if Mark did, but I’m planning to bake both, the second slightly under done, then freeze it. I’ll reheat it from froze so it doesn’t get soggy defrosting in the fridge. Kinda trying to recreate the Lou Malnati’s shipped pizzas. Idk if that will work, but I’ll keep you posted!

    1. No need to grease the pan before adding dough. Enjoy!

      1. I do treat the pan. With a paper towel swipe of olive oil and garlic powder.

        Yummy!

  5. Thank you for this fabulous recipe. I am old but new to baking from scratch!!! When i rolled out the dough and put it into the pan, the dough started sliding down the side of the pan. Do you think that I took to long to roll the dough? or maybe the dough needed a little more flour? (All was not lost -I hooked the dough around the top rim of the pan so it wouldn’t slide down! ). Any advice you might have would be welcome because I definitely want to make it many more times! Bless you for sharing your talents with us! Thanks again, Sincerely, Therese

    1. Hi Therese! Was the dough shrinking down the sides? That can be a sign that the gluten needs to rest before stretching – you can just let the dough sit (covered with a towel) for about 10 minutes and try again. This allows the gluten to relax. Thank you so much for making our recipes!

  6. I made this for the first time. Followed the recipe pretty much. I did make one 12 inch pizza. Baked it for 40-45 mins. on a preheated pizza stone. Could have gone 35 mns. The crust was excellent. We filled the pizza with hamburger,onions,peppers,mushrooms. It was even more delicious they next day.

    1. I am from Chicago. This pizza was delicious. The crust was flaky and held up to the ingredients. The sauce very tasty. Will definitely be making this again. Especially since I have the second dough ball and sauce! Going to be putting spinach in next time. Thank you.

  7. This was amazing! My family all loved it! My husband used to live in Chicago and he said he liked it more than the pizzas he had there. way to go!

  8. I am from Chicago, and this recipe is the real deal! I make it in one 14-inch deep dish pizza pan and it’s perfect. Simple pepperoni or sausage. I cut the Parmesan cheese back to about 2 Tbsp for the whole pizza–I made it as written the first time and it was overpowering (far more than any deep-dish joints around here) but that’s an easy adjustment to make. My in-laws, who live just a couple blocks from the original Lou Malnati’s, raved! The crust is my favorite part. Just perfect!

  9. Thank you for sharing this very authentic DEEP dish pizza recipe. We’ve been enjoying GREENMILL deep dish pizza in the Twin Cities for decades and now Chicago deep dish pizza. Your recipe (very similar to ATK’s) is hands down a five star winner! This recipe is beyond delicious!!! 😉

  10. SOOOO good!!!!! if youre too lazy to make sauce, use Raos… its perfect!

  11. We made the recipe this weekend. It was delicious and very easy to make. I had to make the dough twice though, because I let the first batch rise too long (2 hours) while I ran some errands, and it over proofed. It deflated when I took the lid off. No problem though, I had started early enough so that I could quickly whip up another batch. This one I let rise for 1 hour and it turned out fine. I tried to salvage the other dough by putting it into the frig. for a few. I then finish through step 4 and stored it in the freezer to use later. We’ll see how it comes out. In any event the rest of the preparation went smoothly. The sauce was delicious. I used real basil and no sodium tomatoes and I didn’t add salt to it due to the fact that some in my family cannot use salt, and the sauce was still delicious without it, and that’s saying a lot for me, who is a salt addict. I also used a mixture of mozzarella, parmesan and asiago cheeses for the top. I made one with ground beef and the other plain, and topped both with basil leaves. It was delicious, and the family loved it. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

    1. This came out pretty perfect! I am always hesitant when it comes to making dough but this was so easy. Only step I did differently was I kept the dough in fridge overnight (as I was meal prepping it for dinner ). I also baked it in cheesecake pans and made it easy to slice up! I am already planning to make this again!

  12. This is almost identical to the ‘Cook’s Country’ recipe and, at a minimum, should say it is derived from it.

    1. Hi Roger, this recipe was formulated from Cooks Illustrated. I haven’t checked out Cook’s Country recipe, but I certainly will! This is the cookbook I used: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Recipe-Cooks-Illustrated-Magazine/dp/0936184744/

  13. When baking a Chicago deep dish pizza do I use the middle rack or the bottom rack and is it a good idea to use a pizza stone

    1. Hi Jackie, you can bake the pizzas on the center rack. Note that they are made in deep dish cake pans, but you can place those on a baking sheet to catch any spills (although there never typically are any).

  14. Hi, the pizza looks yummy. I really want to give a try. My I make it by using my 8-inch cast iron skillet? And what should I pay attention to if I do it.

    1. Hi Cindy, you can use a cast iron skillet for the pizza (the recipe yields two pizzas so you can make them one at a time). Bake time should be around the same (same temperature, too), but keep a close eye on it. Enjoy!

  15. I trust your recipes above all the other bloggers after trying a couple! I added capers to the sauce (plus more garlic cause I’m a garlic freak haha) and halved the recipe but the way you laid things out is so great. It all turned out so good I’m literally making it again right now. I never imagined Chicago style pizza could be so easy to make!

    1. Hi Kyle, laminating the dough is what gives the dough its authentic Chicago-style taste and flaky layers. For a regular pizza dough, we’d recommend this recipe instead. Let us know if you give either a try!

    1. Hi Annie, We want that butter cold for the second rise so that we get those flakey layers that is authentic to Chicago-style pizza!

  16. I used to drive many miles to Chicago just for a pizza and while I was at it, visit some old friends. Fuel is too much to do that as much now so thanks for your recipe assist. I have found that once I’m 60-75% into a piece I can put my fork down and use my hands to scarf down the remaining slice. Thank you for this help.

  17. Im using my springform pan for this- should i grease it? Grease and cornmeal ?

    1. No need to grease the pan before adding dough. Enjoy!

  18. This pizza was excellent! I’ve never had Chicago style pizza before so I don’t have anything to compare to but the taste was amazing. I followed the recipe and let my bread machine do the work for the dough. I used 2 – 10 inch cast iron skillets and baked at 425 for 25 minutes using an electric oven in the center rack. My skillets are well seasoned and very deep ( like 4 inches). Thank you for sharing!

  19. I love this recipe! I’ve made it twice and it’s been perfect each time. Leftovers are easy to reheat and just as delicious as fresh baked. To reheat 1/4 pie slices, I lightly spray foil lined cookie sheet with cooking spray. Put pizza slices in cold oven. Turn oven to 400°F. When oven beeps that it’s up to temperature, the pizza is ready!

  20. Great recipe! My son got hooked on Chicago Deep Dish when I bought him a pretty good frozen one from the store. We love the concept of cheese on top the crust stopping the crust from getting soggy. Followed the directions exactly and my dough came out looking exactly like the pic! I get nervous when doing a refrigerator rise but it was successful! I was lazy and didn’t feel like softening more butter so I was about a TBS short and will make sure I use the full amount next time. Solid go to recipe thanks for sharing!

  21. I used whole wheat instead of cornmeal and it turned out great! My first deep dish!

  22. I love this recipie and have made it several times. The last time I made it, there was a lot of liquid in the pan. I added mushrooms to the pizza. May be the mushrooms added too much moisture? Any hints for using mushrooms or spinach in the pizza so as to avoid excess liquid? Thank you!

    1. Hi Jessica! Pre-cooking the mushrooms and spinach will help keep excess moisture out of the pizza. Glad you love this recipe!

  23. Hi Sally, I like this recipe a lot but encountered some problems. The dough didn’t rise enough especially the bottom part after baking. It was a little flat and compact. I followed all steps shown on the web. Do you have any suggestion?

    1. Hi Sandra, we’re happy to help troubleshoot. Is it possible that your yeast is expired? You’ll also want to make sure the warm water and melted butter aren’t too hot, or that can kill the yeast. Our Baking with Yeast Guide may also be helpful to review. Thanks for giving this recipe a try!

  24. Thanks for a great recipe! This was fun to make. Pictures were very helpful!

  25. This recipe produces a great crust and a fantastic savory-sweet sauce (just how I like). I went with the classic cheese and wasn’t disappointed. I’ll try some of the other topping ideas mentioned in the recipe and comments next time!

  26. Would it be okay to substitute unsalted butter with salted butter ?
    Thank You!

    1. Hi Linda! Yes, you can. Reduce the added salt to 2 tsp if using salted butter.

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