Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

Use a cast-iron skillet and a super-hot oven to mimic the crispy crust exterior of a Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza. Layer the spicy sausage rounds first then pile on the creamy mozzarella and tangy marinara. It will be hard to stop at just one thick, rich slice of pie.

Recipe courtesy of Santos Loo for Cooking Channel
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 5 min
Cook: 45 min
YIELD: 8 to 10 servings


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, sliced into thin rounds (about 8 links)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 pound fresh pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 10 ounces whole milk low-moisture mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup your favorite marinara sauce or 1 1/2 cups crushed and strained San Marzano tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Cook the sausage rounds until they turn brown on each side, 8 to 10 minutes.

Grease the inside of a 12-inch cast-iron skillet with the butter. Place the pizza dough in the center and spread evenly towards the bottom edge and 1 1/2 inches up the sides.

The order of layers is very important to achieving a crisp bottom crust. Begin with the sausage. Evenly lay the sausage on the dough, followed by the mozzarella and marinara. Sprinkle the garlic and oregano on top. Finish with the Parmesan and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Place the skillet pizza on the bottom rack of the oven and cook until the edge of the crust is golden brown and crusty, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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