Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

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. 

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 in my 29 years. And those few times have been enough to convince me that Chicago-style pizza is incomparably good. Better than good. That pizza is life changing.

Ok maybe I’m slightly exaggerating but that’s par for the course, eh?

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 and bacon is his favorite food, so I add both to my 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. Kevin and I finished one by ourselves. 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
  • 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

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) Red Star Platinum 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 and what I use: handful of pepperoni per pizza, 4 slices cooked and then crumbled bacon (2 per pizza)
  • additional optional toppings: cooked and crumbled sausage, thinly sliced green peppers and/or onions, sliced mushrooms (add enough to suit your tastes)

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. For this warm environment, here is what I do: Preheat oven to 250°F (121°C). Once at 250°F, 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.
  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 your toppings which I’ve listed as optional in the recipe ingredients. On top of those optional toppings is the sauce. Pour about 1 and 1/4 cups (300ml) of sauce 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: Red Star Platinum Yeast 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. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.
  6. 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.

410 Comments

  1. Matt Works says:

    I, too, had difficulty with the baking time. Cooked both pizzas at the same time in rather thick professional-style 9′ cake pans. Dough didn’t look at all golden after 28 minutes so I decided to give it another 10. Panicked and pulled it out a 35 minutes. First slice came out with very raw center. Threw the remainder and other whole pizza back in for another 15 minutes. (50 total now) Came out nearly perfect. Edges not overly browned at all. (Though I could see it getting there… so keep an eye on it.) If I did it again, I might consider precooking the dough in the pan for 10 minutes or so. (But then again, I’ll probably change my mind and decide that in the end it worked out very well.) Flavor wise, I was thrilled. That sauce was the perfect blend of what I remember as Chicago-Style and what my children will eat. (No whole tomatoes) Italian sausage, pepperoni, onions, and pepperoncini on the top. We will be doing this again. Soon.

    1. I am looking to make this in the Uk, do you have the measurements for the ingredients for the Uk? Also the yeast you use is not available here, can you suggest an alternative, totally new to making pizza dough so a bit lost.

      1. Any Fast working yeast will do… The important part is to keep the temperature down on the water… around 90-100 Fahrenheight… Not sure what that would be in Celsius. But its to make sure you don’t kill the yeast. You would know if you did… You want the yeast to start to foam a bit and that will tell you that its working!

    2. Matt works, listening to your method I burned my pizza. 50 minutes is way too long. Now I know to stick with common belief

      1. You’ll wanna bake at a high temp (525-550 or so) for 15 minutes. Also oil up your pan and dough like crazy otherwise you wont get a proper crust on the bottom. Also a wire rack at the bottom of the tray works well but that will affect cook times so ymmv

  2. This recipe is absolutely fantastic. I followed it to the letter save for the cheese (I went HEAVY on the mozzarella – using two types of shredded cheese and sliced a whole mozzo ball). The sauce is amazing and the crown jewel of this dish.
    Since I can’t get to Chicago or Detroit I made this – and it’s a perfect dupe.

  3. This recipe was incredible!! Super easy to follow. The crust was delicious, tender, and buttery. I used a spring form pan and it worked perfectly. I added sausage, pepperoni, green peppers, and feta. I can’t wait to make this again. Thank you!

  4. Myra Foster says:

    Dear Sally,
    I’ve read every single comment here. My question….If I were to use a cast iron skillet, what would be the ideal size for one single pizza using all the dough in your recipe? I’ve read people have used many different sizes, but I want to have the perfect pizza dough ratio. I don’t want to use all the dough in a too small skillet nor, conversely spreading it all out into a too large skillet….each making the dough either too thick or too thin. I’ve never made Chicagi style deep dish before, so don’t know what to expect as far as how thick the dough needs to be when pressing into the pan.. Do you know what I mean? Thank you so much!!
    You are truly the best. You’ve been
    my fave for many years!

    1. Hi Myra! I recommend a seasoned 9 inch cast iron skillet for just one pizza. One reader said he used a 13 inch skillet for the whole crust and made 1 pizza but I’m unsure of the bake time for that.

      1. Myra Foster-Smith says:

        Thank you sooo much for answering so quickly! I know you are so super busy….I appreciate you so much!
        9″ cast iron? Really? For the entire dough recipe or to make 2 pizzas? Yes, I’ve seen the comments from readers using 12″, 13″, 16″ and up for one large pizza so I wondered which would be best for one large pizza using the entire batch of dough. I would not have guessed a 9″ skillet as that is the size of cake pans you use for two pizzas. I can’t wait to make this…just want to get the right pan for one giant pizza. Thank you again! Have a beautiful week!!

  5. This was a time commitment, but worth it! I’m so happy there will be leftovers. The dough was lovely to work with. I sprayed my pans, just in case, and they slid right out. Also, I baked it for about 35 minutes and it was perfect.
    Using fresh mozzarella is a bad idea. Freshly grated/shredded mozzarella, on the other hand, melts differently than pre-grated. I used pre-grated and was pleased with the final product. The fresh stuff (soft and in water) will be way too watery.

    1. I’ve made this recipe several times and it is delicious!!!!! Went to make it again and my oven broke, so I rolled out the dough thin, precooked it a bit on the grill, put the toppings on and finished on the grill. The pizza was thinner but still delicious

  6. Sandra Molinas says:

    I my first time trying this and boy oh boy I’m speechless. Easy step by step instructions, and the finished product, WOW. Thank you from New Mexico, green chile capital of the world.

  7. Thank you for the inspiration! I made this with 2 bags of purchased Fresh pizza dough, did a half-hearted attempt at laminating ( rolled them both out to 10×15 and layered with butter, then rolled as described ), and had enough for three 9” pans. I was worried crust was too thin in the middle but it ended up cooking perfectly. Family rated this recipe a definite keeper!

  8. I’ve made this recipe several times and it’s absolutely wonderful!! The last time I made it, I froze half the dough and sauce. I (of course) forgot to take it out of the freezer to let it thaw overnight and have a household that I promised pizza to tonight. Can I let it thaw at room temp or will that screw it up? Thanks!!

  9. Sally,

    I would really like to try this recipe, but I have two questions first:

    1. Can you make this dough a day ahead of time?

    2. Can you use instant yeast? With this quarantine, that’s all I could find in stores. :-/

    Thanks,
    Nicola

    1. Hi Nicola, happy to help! You can use any quick rise or instant yeast in this recipe. See my make ahead instructions in recipe note #1!

      1. Ah, found it! Thank you so much! I will be trying it this weekend!

  10. Hi, this recipe looks amazing.

    We’ve visited Chicago several times from the UK and love Giardano’s Pizza Pie. I can’t wait to give this recipe a go.

    We seem to have two different types of Cornmeal (Polenta) available in the UK and I just wanted to ask which you think would be most suitable….”coarse” or “fine”.

    Thanks for your help.

    1. In America, when we say cornmeal it is coarse ground corn flour. The fine is too fine to add coarseness to a dough.

  11. Hi Sally,

    Is it possible to assemble both pizzas in the morning (with sauce, toppings, etc.) and let them sit in the fridge until we are ready to bake for dinner?

    Thanks!

    Morgan

  12. Pizza Fiend says:

    This is possibly the best and most accurate recipe in the world. I grew up just outside Chicago and still order the frozen ones from Gino’s and Malnati’s etc… This recipe outdoes their best! Do it… make ’em!!!! Use a lot of thick sausage chunks.

    1. Pizza Fiend says:

      Replying to my own post above. Now that I have tried it both ways I prefer and recommend diced tomatoes (mash them a bit while cooking). I found the crushed tomatoes added to much “darkness of flavor” to the final pie… just sayin’

  13. Tiffany Falk says:

    Wow! Made this for the first time tonight and it was unbelievably good. I think the crust was better than a local restaurant (we’re in FL so not a lot of choices lol). Our new go-to for sure. Thank you!!

  14. Hi, Do you know what the equivalent of instant yeast would be for this recipe? I know it would be less than the packets, just don’t know exactly how much to use.

    1. 2 teaspoon of instant yeast = 1 packet

  15. Looking forward to making this There was no mention of coating the dishes with anything. ie; butter, olive oil, etc. What would suggest?
    Thank you,
    Al

  16. I used Springform pans. My pizzas came out amazing. Golden brown on the sides and bottom. Also, removing the form makes it easy to cut and serve. I grated Parmesan on the second layer rather than on the top. The cheese turned slightly orange on the top with the sauce. People think that I am from Chicago. Best Chicago style recipe that I have used.

  17. Wow. Four and a half hours later. Literally. But what a crust. Got creative with the layers of cheese. And meat and some mushrooms and sweet peppers. I used marinara sauce from Costco. The crust though wow.

  18. Incredible!! A huge hit. We all thought it tasted exactly like what we’d had in Giordano’s. Sauce was delicious and crust was great. So easy to roll out as well.

  19. What is the size of the cup of cheese..? not everyone lives in U.S and understands the size of the cup easily, try to make a thread more detailed so readers outside U.S can easily understand the weight..

    1. Try this again.
      I used “Cup Conversion to Grams” in Google and got 201g as equil to a cup. Try the search.

    2. 1 cup = 201 g = 7.1 oz

  20. I want to make this recipe. The pans I have at 12” and I want to make two pizzas. Should I double the dough and sauce recipes?

  21. Do you have nutrition info? I made this and it was a great pizza – will cook longer or try the pre-bake method next time.

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Pat, thrilled you enjoyed this recipe! I’m unsure of the nutritional info of this recipe, but there are many great online calculators like this one: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

  22. Roland Blose says:

    This is a perfect 10 Chicago pizza. We made this twice in one week, it was so cheesy. Thanks

  23. Thank you for the recipe. This is great. For years I have made another deep dish pizza recipe and was looking for a better sauce, and not only did i find that here, I found a much better overall pizza. This is without a doubt the best deep dish pizza I have ever made. I made this as a single pizza in a 14 inch pan. I par-baked the pizza dough for roughly 8 mins and then added the mozzarella cheese, spicy italian sausage, sauce and then Parmesan cheese. I baked it on the bottom rack of the oven for 20 mins, and then the top rack for another 15 minutes, for me this was the correct amount of time.

    1. I never leave a review but I feel I had too on this one… IT’S FANTASTIC! I’ve made this 6 or 7 times now a few times for big crowds of friends a few times just for me and my family I wouldn’t change a thing on this recipe

  24. I did everything just as the recipe and it was just perfect!!! Total sucess!!! Thank you so much for such precise instructions and measures!! Including this unbelieveble tomato sauce that I have never tasted better before!!

    1. Followed the directions mostly. Sprayed cake pans with olive oil, covered with foil at around 25 minutes and cooked for 10 more minutes. Came out 200 degrees in center and crispy all around. I used a small creme brûlée dish for the excess dough and made tiny deep dish personal pizzas that were also awesome.

  25. First try and I couldn’t be more happy. I’ve tried to make pizza lots of times and always seemed to fail. I’m familiar with pizza in Chicago and love it. This crust is amazing; the cornmeal makes all the difference. Best dough I’ve ever had. Absolutely delicious and the detailed instructions and photos were a big help. Thanks.

  26. Great recipe! I made it today and it was delicious. The amounts in grams are accurate.

  27. First off the dough is quite amazing, it’s perfect and pillowy. The sauce I needed to make some modifications but probably only because of the canned tomatoes, they were really acidic and so I tweaked them with a few dashes of baking soda and it fixed it right up. On top of that I also added half a tiny can of tomato paste, onion and garlic powder, and black pepper. I added salt and sugar to whatever preference I had, so I would have those on hand. Aside from that I added bell peppers, jalapeños, pepperoni, and sliced raw onions. This is a superb dish I’ll be making again very soon, thanks!

  28. This is Cook’s Illustrated’s recipe.

  29. I second an earlier question. Can you pre assemble and cook later or another day. And or can you assemble and freeze uncooked for later cooking?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Matt, you can assemble the pizzas, cover tightly, and refrigerate for up to about 6-8 hours before baking. I’ve done that before with no problem.

      1. Hi Sally,
        We made the recipe and it was terrific. It wasn’t hard, but I think will be even easier next time with experience. Question. Can you freeze a raw assembled pizza and cook frozen later?
        Thanks!
        Matt

  30. Made this for the first time last night, and absolutely loved it. The recipe was forgiving – we reduced the sauce too much, only had fresh rosemary and oregano brujo instead of trad dried oregano, and I forgot to immediately pop the dough into the fridge for the second rise. I baked one pizza in our toaster oven, and it took exactly 20 minutes to turn golden brown and be cooked through. I had to force myself to stop eating By far my favorite homemade pizza recipe. Thank you for this!!

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