For the Love of Deep Dish, MAKE A PIZZA ALREADY!

For the Love of Deep Dish, MAKE A PIZZA ALREADY!


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If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the other articles on the website, but are just itching to make a deep dish pizza, do yourself a favor and…

It doesn’t take very long to make deep dish if you have all of your ingredients and equipment ready to go, but don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to grab all the stuff at the very last second.

You can make deep dish pizza dough that’s ready to use in as little as 90 minutes (although a 2 hour rise is recommended).
If you’re really in a hurry to get that dough ready, try the
RDD “QUICK DOUGH” all purpose Chicago Pizza Dough recipe!


Here’s a few basics:
• While your dough finishes rising, pizzafy and preheat your oven.
• While your oven is preheating, get out your hardware:
a deep dish pizza pan, serving spatula, pan gripper (or potholders/kitchen towel, if you don’t have a gripper), and a trivet, cooling rack, or extra potholder (or kitchen towel) to go under your hot pizza pan.
• Are your tomatoes on the watery side? Now would be a good time to drain them.
• It’s also a good time to cut up any veggies or slice up your cheese, if yours isn’t pre-sliced.
• It can take 5 to 15 minutes to build your pizza, so when your oven is preheated (or if you have a pizza stone which has been heating for at least 45 minutes) spray the bottom of your pizza pan with a little cooking spray; then press out your dough.
• Cover the bottom with overlapping slices of mozzarella, dot the pizza with bits of raw Italian sausage (and/or pepperoni) to cover; then cover completely with crushed tomatoes. Take about 1/8th cup grated romano/parmesan into your hand, raise it up about 12 inches above the pizza, and sprinkle the cheese over the top like snow. You don’t need much. Now your pizza is ready to go into the oven.
• When your pizza is ready, let it rest for about 5 minutes before cutting into it so the liquids don’t go spilling out all over. If your pizza does weep a bit after that first slice, there’s a solution for that too (fun with paper towels!).

So now you have some tips and you’ve got the recipe.

For the love of deep dish,

I’m always testing to make this recipe better.

Did you like one of the older versions of the recipe?
Here are links to some previous versions:


Looking to make another style of Chicago pizza?

We’ve got you covered:

The Quod – A Modern Take on Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago Thin Crust Pizza – Yes, it’s a thing.

Get Stuffed! A Stuffed Pizza Recipe will be posted here eventually.

School yourself on Chicago Pizza!
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12 Comments on “For the Love of Deep Dish, MAKE A PIZZA ALREADY!

  1. Just want to say I used your recipe to my husband a deep dish pizza for Father’s Day. He loves Chicago style deep dish, but I am born and bred New Yorker, so prefer a thinner crust, and was a bit nervous about attempting this – however, I followed the recipe exactly and it came out great! He really loved it. It was easy enough that I could add this to our regular meals if it wouldn’t also add so much to our waistlines. I look at SO many recipes and I’m so glad I found yours. Thank you for your informative site!

  2. I made a double size batch, I thought I was making 2 I needed only 1… If refrigerated can I bring it back up to room temperature and re-rise it in a day or so?

    • Hi, Joe. An extra day or 2 in the fridge will give the dough more flavor also.
      You don’t have to proof the dough again – you just need to get it to room temperature.
      If you need to warm your dough up faster, you can put the dough in a sealed zip top bag (it might already be in one), and float it in some lukewarm water.

  3. Thanks for the detail you provide on your site. I have loved pizza in the pan every since I first tasted Ginos, Uno’s and Lou Malnati’s back in the 70s. My personal favorite is Lou’s. I have been making DDP for about 30 years. Question on the tomatoes. Lou’s canned tomatoes are just peeled tomatoes in juice, not diced or crushed. So I use canned San Marzano tomatoes for my recipe, separating them gently with my hands. This gives me a taste and feel more closely related to the Malnati style. What are your thoughts on this variation for the sauce?

    • Hi, Howard, and thanks for visiting the website. Yes, the most authentic version of of sauce for deep dish pizza would be almost whole peeled tomatoes in heavy puree. Big chunky tomatoes are certainly a hallmark of authentic deep dish. For a short time, Lou Malnati’s sold their tomatoes in stores, and some grocery stores carry brands that say “Special Cut”, “Kitchen-Ready” or “Random Cut” tomatoes in heavy puree, which are the closest thing I have found to deep dish tomatoes. To keep it a little easier for the home baker, I recommend using your favorite brand of crushed tomatoes (I like Cento or Muir Glen Crushed w/Basil), and if you like your sauce on the chunky side, add some diced, or break up some whole tomatoes (just like you did).
      Happy Pizza Baking! 🙂

  4. I’ve been making solid chicago style deep dish pizzas lately thanks to this site. Theyve been coming out GREAT! Getting the oven temp and timing right has been unusually tough, but when its right its really right. Been using about 10% semolina, whole milk mozzarella (cant believe this isnt a requirement to some), and putting a lot of effort into getting the methods correct for each step. Using cento peeled tomatoes for the sauce, cutting the tomato chunks down to the right size, simmering to lower water amount, straining to remove water as well, and adding honey and a bit of shaved onion. Wish i could upload pics

  5. Hi! Thanks for you site, it is yummy.

    I will say an heresy… I have never eaten a Chicago style pizza (never been to Chicago at all actually, I’m Italian), the only one was a frozen “Chicago” got ages ago which I really doubt was something similar to the real one.
    So I am trying to follow your advices to taste something I have no idea what should taste like…

    Yesterday I did my first try… and I have some doubts:
    1) In videos I have seen the dough looks more like a shortcrust than a traditional pizza, it almost falls apart. Mine was looking quite elastic instead: have I over-kneed?
    2) The crust has risen quite a bit while baking resulting in a quite tick crust (1/2 inch or so), is that expected? (or maybe I had too much yeast)
    3) how much should be the layers of topping tick? The total was quite thick, probably 1/2 inch or a bit more with the sausage alone counting for half of it.

    It was super tasty anyway!

    • Hi, Simone. Thanks for visiting the site!

      1) Deep dish dough can vary. Some days the dough is more crumbly, other days, it’s a little closer to a typical pizza dough. Odds are good that you may have over-kneaded if you’re trying to get the crumblier version of deep dish crust.
      If you are going that way, consider mixing and handling your dough more like pie dough.
      Go light on the water to start, mix your ingredients together until mostly incorporated, then before you start kneading, let the dough sit for a minute so the flour has a chance to hydrate. Then knead gently into a ball, it doesn’t need to be completely smooth, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and put in a warm place to rise.
      If you’re still not getting what you like, try increasing the oil a bit.
      2) A half inch thick crust is normal. My pizzas are usually between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick.
      3) It sounds like you got pretty close, and if it tasted good, then that’s the most important thing. You can use any topping amounts that like – Some people put a solid patty of sausage on their pizzas, but you don’t have to use that much, or any at all. Some of the best deep dish pizzas I’ve eaten were just a layer of cheese covered with a healthy amount of chunky crushed tomatoes and sprinkle of grated romano on top.
      If you’ve got any pictures, please head over to the facebook page and post them so we can see. You’ll also see some photos of recent pizzas I’ve baked so you can compare.

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