Hands-on Time
45 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 42 Mins
8 servings (serving size: 1 piece)

Try your hand at homemade pizza with this traditional Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza recipe.  Making your own crust is easier than you may imagine!

How to Make It

Step 1

Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in olive oil.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 25 ounces (about 2 1/2 cups) flour, cornmeal, and salt in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into yeast mixture until dough forms a ball. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).

Step 3

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Roll dough into an 11 x 15–inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Place dough in a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; press dough up sides of dish. Spread 1 1/2 cups cheese evenly over dough. Arrange chopped sausage evenly over cheese.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 5

Chop tomatoes; place in a sieve. Stir in oregano and basil; drain tomato mixture 10 minutes.

Step 6

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushrooms to pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in bell peppers; cook for 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Arrange vegetables over sausage; spoon tomato mixture evenly over vegetables and sausage. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until crust browns and cheese bubbles. Cool 5 minutes before cutting.

Chef's Notes

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

Ratings & Reviews

jlmorris71's Review

September 19, 2011
I made this pizza tonight as I am a confirmed pizza nut and it turned out really good. There was a lot of prep time but the only thing that was really missing was salt but that is the price to pay for a healthier pizza. My girlfriend loved it and she is a very picky eater. It puts to shame any pizza delivery chain in our area!

steponme's Review

May 17, 2011
The CL, Sausage & Vegetable Deep-Dish Pizza recipe was much more tasty than this one. I thought the fresh oregano was too strong and even though I drained the tomatoes, I think a the sauce was still to thin and could of used a little tomatoe paste and maybe some garlic too.

ChicagoChef82's Review

December 28, 2010
Excellent. This is a great recipe to have on hand for those nights in with the family while watching a movie. Didn't use any cornmeal and used with my own toppings and pizza sauce. Use any toppings you like and it will turn out great! Served with a side spinach salad.

ChefAmandaLynn's Review

October 20, 2010
I used whole wheat flour so this did taste distincly "healthy, but it was still very yummy. Very filling, I couldn't believe my husband only ate one serving. I couldn't find the precooked chicken sausage so I just diced up some Hillshire Farms turkey kilbasa. Next time I will make the recipe exactly as written based on all the rave reviews it received.

dickibean's Review

July 21, 2010
This recipe was FANTASTIC!!! The dough was super easy to make. The tomato mix was yummy, I added fresh basil and oregano and also sprinkled garlic powder and a drizzle of red wine to jazz it up.I have made this twice within 2 weeks and it is a huge hit! I did spicy Italian sausage and then one with sausage and peperoni.My husband ate half a pan it was sooooo good!!!!

Elizabeth61's Review

May 13, 2010
Made this last night and everyone in my loved it. Made this really easy on myself and bought whole wheat crust (made fresh daily at our grocery store). I used spicy venison sausage, a can of Rotel, one can of regular tomatoes, and added onions, chopped artichoke hearts, and fresh spinach to the vegetables in the recipe. Also had wonderful fresh picked basil and oregano to add. Absolutely fantastic and healthy to boot! Served it with a Spinach Caesar Salad. I will definitely make this again!

liz581's Review

May 01, 2010
This is a really good weeknight dinner, and it leftovers well. I make the dough in the morning, cover it, and let it rise 8 hours in the fridge while I am at work. Works very well. I added some onion, but for the most part, made according to recipe. it's a household favorite.

grapenutz's Review

March 31, 2010
I liked this recipe, but my husband wasn't as excited about this one. He is not fond of oregano and basil...claims it tastes like dirt. Neither of us are particularly gung-ho about deep dish pizza. If I were to do this recipe again, I would roll the dough out as a regular crust and figure out a way to season the tomatoes to make my husband happy.

BigTim921's Review

February 27, 2010
This recipe is absolutely fabulous! I live in the Chicago area and have had deep-dish pizza from the kings and this is pretty much right up there. Plus, its way healthier than what you would normally get from a restaurant. Making the dough from scratch was kind of intimidating, but the success of making made the pizza that much more enjoyable. If you’ve never done it I would recommend going to YouTube and watching some instructional videos. I would recommend using dried oregano and basil than getting the fresh stuff, which read in one of the other reviews. Enjoy!

runnermel's Review

February 27, 2010
Wow! This was so good. I regularly make pizza dough, but this was the best I've made. DH and I don't like mushrooms or peppers (weird, I know), so we used regular sauce, turkey pepperoni and cheese. It was awesome. I wish I had doubled the recipe.