Deep Dish Pizza

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Make your own delicious Deep Dish Pizza with a homemade yeast pizza crust that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside that’s piled high with toppings, cheese, and sauce!  This post originally published in July 2011.

A deep dish pizza with golden crust, plenty of sauce, and a sprinkle of cheese on top.

Let’s talk about pizza.  I love pizza.  My family loves pizza.  We could probably have pizza several times a week and no one would get tired of it. 

While I like to make homemade pizza dough it’s a pain and it takes a lot of time to make.  Instead I usually buy the Pillsbury pizza dough that comes in a can and bake it myself to make my own pizza. 

However I’ve been craving Deep Dish Pizza lately and decided it was time to make it.  When I looked back at my blog I realized it’s been over ten years since I made it and that’s definitely way too long.

Pin collage:  A bowl of pizza dough, The pizza dough folded into thirds, the deep dish pizza crust with pepperoni on the bottom.



  • flour
  • salt
  • sugar
  • yeast
  • water
  • butter
  • oregano
  • mozzarella cheese
  • pizza sauce
  • toppings

I was a little nervous about making the dough.  While I’ve made plenty of yeast pizza dough before this time I needed to make it large enough to cover the bottom and the sides of a pan.

It turns out I worried in vain.  The dough is actually really easy to make.  It’s also easy to handle because it’s not sticky.  This makes working with it a piece of cake.

The deep dish pizza was easy to make and assemble.  I used a springform pan and formed the dough up the sides of the pan.  I didn’t get fancy with the toppings we just had half pepperoni for my husband and half vegetable for me.  Then I topped it off with cheese, sauce, and more cheese.

A deep dish pizza with pepperoni and cheese in the crust.

Do I need to cook the toppings before putting them on the pizza?

The short answer is yes.  If you have a meat like sausage or chicken or something else that needs to be cooked make sure you cook it ahead of time. I also find it helpful to saute the vegetable toppings for just a few minutes before baking.  They don’t have to be fully cooking but giving them a little cook helps.

Can I freeze the other half of this dough?

Yes!  Once you divide the dough in half wrap one portion in plastic wrap then put it in a freezer bag and freeze.  It will keep for up to 6 months.   When ready to use place in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and then follow the instructions for rolling and putting it in the pan.

Can I use other types of cheese?

Use whatever pizza cheese you normally would use.  It like mozzarella because it melts nicely and helps hold everything together but you can use whatever you’d like.

Do I have to use a springform pan?

You don’t have to but it’s the easiest pan to use because the sides come off and makes it easy to slice and serve the pizza.  However, if you don’t have one you can use a cake pan or a pie pan, just make sure you grease the sides well and know that your first piece probably isn’t going to look too pretty.

Pin Collage:  A cooked deep dish pizza, text title, a cutting board with salt, garlic powder, a yeast packet, a cup of flour, and a stick of butter on it.

This pizza is amazing.  While the dough takes a while to make it’s totally worth it.  The crust tastes fantastic.  My husband could not stop raving about it.

The pizza has that freshly made bread taste.  The crust is crispy of the outer edges but it’s soft and fluffy on the inside.

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I used half of the dough to make this deep dish pizza and I had enough to freeze the other half to use for a different day.  That’s the great thing about this recipe.  You can make two pizzas with it and the dough is easy to freeze so you can make it ahead of time!

 I was afraid to cut into the pizza for fear everything would come running out of it.  It didn’t seem like it would hold together but it held firm! 

I will definitely be putting this pizza dough into our rotation more often because it’s just that good.

A plate with a slice of deep dish pizza on it.

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A deep dish pizza with golden crust, plenty of sauce, and a sprinkle of cheese on top.

Deep Dish Pizza

Yield: 2 deep dish pizzas
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours

Make your own delicious Deep Dish Pizza with a homemade yeast pizza
crust that's crispy on the outside and soft on the inside that's piled
high with toppings, cheese, and sauce!


For the Dough:

  • 3 ¾ c. flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 packet instant yeast (2 ¼ t.)
  • 1 ¼ c. warm water (around 110 degrees)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

For the Toppings:

  • 2 c. mozzarella cheese
  • 2 c. pizza sauce
  • Meats and Vegetables for topping


  1. In a large bowl combine the yeast and 1/2 cup of the warm water. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. After letting the yeast stand add the flour, salt, and sugar to the
    bowl.  Mix by hand or use a stand mixer with a dough hook and mix 1-2
  3. Add in the remaining water and melted butter and continue mixing until
    everything is well incorporated.  Then, either mix on medium speed for 5
    minutes or turn onto a floured surface and knead the dough for 5
    minutes until it is smooth.
  4. Spray a separate bowl with cooking spray.  Put the dough ball into the bowl, turning to coat with oil.  Cover with plastic wrap and then a kitchen towel and let sit in a
    warm area for 1-2 hours or until doubled.
  5. After doubling turn the dough onto a lightly floured table and roll
    into a 12 x 12 square.  Brush with the softened dough and sprinkle with
    oregano.  Begin rolling the dough into a tight cylinder.  Place the
    dough seam side down and push down to flatten.  Fold the dough into
    thirds like you are folding a letter pinching the ends to form a ball. 
  6. Put the dough back into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. 
    Cover and let rise 1-2 hours on until doubled in size.
  7. Divide the dough in half.  Wrap half in plastic wrap then place in a freezer bag.  Freeze for later.  Roll the remaining half into a 10 inch circle.  At this point
    preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  8. Spray the sides of a 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray. 
    Put the dough circle in the springform pan and press against the bottom
    and sides of the pan.  Pour the meat and veggie toppings on the bottom
    and cover with 1 cup of the cheese.  Heat in the oven for 15 minutes.
  9. After 15 minutes reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees.  Remove the pizza from the oven and cover with the sauce, then top with remaining cheese.  Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.  Remove from oven and let
    cool 5 minutes.  Remove from springform pan and let cool an additional 5
    minutes.  Cut into slices and serve hot.


Recipe adapted from Bite me New England

A baked deep dish pizza with cheese on top.


  1. Thank you so much for stopping by Cast Party Wednesday last week. I really appreciate you sharing your recipe with us. I hope you will join us again for another awesome party filled with yummy recipes.
    Thanks Again!

  2. Wow! That is some awesome looking pizze! I’m having a recipe only link party “Cast Party Wednesday” This would make for a perfect addition. I would love it if you came by and shared some of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  3. I am a big deep dish pizza fan and I have tried several crust recipes. Some are real involved and some not. Your crust looks pretty tasty and easy, so I have bookmarked to try soon. Thanks for sharing this recipe-Yum!

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