Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

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This EASY Deep Dish Pizza Recipe has a homemade dough done in under 20 minutes! It’s perfect for making your favorite pizza at home – we have made this recipe so many times!

This post is sponsored by Fleischmann’s® Yeast, whose RapidRise® Yeast makes it possible to make homemade dough so quickly.

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Friday night is usually pizza night in our house! We used to order in a lot but a few years ago our local spot closed so we’ve been making it at home – from scratch!

There really is nothing like a homemade pizza crust. Making it from scratch can’t compare to the packaged or canned or store bought ones. We love making homemade pizza because then we can make it how we like it – like as a deep dish pizza!

Even though this is different than Chicago style deep dish, it still reminds me of one of my favorite places. We haven’t traveled a lot lately, but making this recipe at home reminds me of all the pizza I’ve eaten there!

If you love homemade pizza you’re in the right spot – I’m going to show you how to make an EASY dough in less than 20 minutes – and how to make it into deep dish pizza without any fuss!

Pizza dough in a ball sitting on a wood cutting board with yeast packet and deep dish pizza in background

How to make Pizza Dough

You just need a few simple ingredients to make homemade pizza, and one of them is yeast.

There are options for yeast when you go to the store, but always get Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast because it makes baking bread and dough so much easier.

Other than yeast you just need:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Oil

Besides that you only need about 20 minutes to make homemade pizza dough. You don’t even have to let it rise – just rest while you get the toppings ready.

Dry ingredients before being mixed in a glass mixing bowl

Why use RapidRise® Yeast?

Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast is my favorite to use when making any bread or pizza or yeast recipe. It’s instant yeast (also called fast-acting) and it’s the best one to use for two reasons:

  1. You don’t need to proof it. Instead of letting it sit in hot water to activate and bubble, you just mix RapidRise® Yeast into the dry ingredients. This cuts down on the time and guesswork it takes to make the dough.
  2. It cuts down on rise time! Instead of two risings that normally happens when you make bread, you just have to let the dough rest for 10 minutes during that first “rise” which cuts down the time considerably.

When making pizza with this yeast, you don’t have to do a second rise at all – so your waiting time is only 10 minutes!

Read more about working with yeast and how I use yeast in baking!

3 photos of process to make the pizza crust dough

One Bowl Pizza Crust

You don’t need a mixer to make this recipe – just one bowl and a wooden spoon.

Simply add all the dry ingredients to the bowl.

Then heat the water to between 120-130°F. If you have an instant read thermometer, that can help for testing the temperature, but if not think “hot bath water.” Then add the oil and water to the dry ingredients.

Stir the mixture until you can’t stir anymore, adding more flour as needed.

Kneading dough on a wood cutting board with a packet of yeast close by

Keading Pizza Dough

Kneading this dough only takes a few minutes. You want to work the dough until it comes together and forms a cohesive ball.

Add more flour as needed so the dough won’t stick to your cutting board, but don’t add too much or your pizza won’t be fluffy.

You’ll know your dough is done when it forms a ball and it bounces back when touched with two fingers.

Be sure to check out this post for more tips on kneading.

Kneading dough on a wood cutting board with a packet of yeast close by

Pans for Deep Dish Pizza

Now once you have your dough you can make ANY pizza – but why not give deep dish a try?

Deep dish pizza comes in lots of forms, and this one has a nice thick crust. You don’t need any special pans or anything, chances are you have exactly what you need:

  • 9-inch round cake pan OR
  • 9 or 10-inch cast iron pan

You can use bigger pans but then you’ll have a more traditional crust, not deep dish.

Step by step photos showing the deep dish pizza being filled with ingredients

Assembling Deep Dish Pizza

First, press the dough in the prepared cake pan.

Top the dough with sauce to your liking. I used tomato sauce on this pizza but we love using pesto too!

Then add cheese and toppings. Use ANY toppings you like! We love making 2 pizzas, one for us and one for our picky daughter.

The key to a crunchy crust – no matter the pizza – is baking at a high temperature. This pizza is baked at 425° until it’s cooked through and golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Remove the pizza from the pan after removing it from the oven. This also helps keep it crunchy (the longer it sits on the hot pan, the crust will soften).

Let it cool slightly before trying to slice, so you don’t lose all your cheese to the pizza cutter.

One slice of deep dish pizza being taken out of pan

Other pizza toppings to try:

And if you love working with yeast, be sure and try these:

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Easy Deep Dish Pizza has the best homemade pizza dough and your favorite toppings.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

CRUST:

  • 1 ¾ to 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast 2 ¼ teaspoons
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup very warm water 120° to 130°F
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

TOPPINGS

  • ½ to 1 cup pizza sauce
  • Other toppings as desired
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  • Place water in a measuring cup or bowl that is microwave safe. Heat until it reaches 120-130°F (it’s easiest to test this with an instant read thermometer). Add the oil to the water mixture.
  • Add water mixture to flour and mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky.
  • Knead on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Press your pizza dough into the prepared pan.
  • Spread with pizza sauce. Top with desired toppings and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake on lowest oven rack for about 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pizza
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I’m going to show you how to make an easy homemade crust for your next pizza night! We love making homemade crust and this one is perfect for Deep Dish Pizzas.

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