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Slice of deep dish pizza topped with fresh basil.

Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 slices 1x
  • Category: Pizza
  • Cuisine: Italian-American


Homemade Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza made in a cast iron skillet!


  • 1/2 lb. Spicy Italian Sausage
  • 1 recipe of your favorite pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes (or your favorite pizza sauce)
  • 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella
  • Fresh sliced basil, for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, using a wooden spoon to break it up into small pieces as it cooks. Drain away any excess fat and set aside.
  3. Press pizza dough into a 10-12" cast iron skillet (I like this one). Flatten dough against the bottom of the pan and press it all the way up the sides of the skillet, like so:
    Pizza dough pressed into a cast iron skillet.
  4. Spread a thin layer of crushed tomatoes on the bottom of the pizza. Top with half of the mozzarella, then add the cooked sausage and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  5. Cover the last layer of mozzarella with the remaining crushed tomatoes.
  6. Bake pizza at 375 for 35-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Garnish with fresh basil (optional), slice, and serve immediately.


If you don’t have a large cast iron skillet, use a deep pan or pot with very thick sides. The pizza has to bake for a long time so you want the heat to distribute very evenly. A ceramic casserole dish, cake pan, or dutch oven would also do the trick. A too-thin pan will burn the crust – you want it soft and chewy!

Use your favorite pizza sauce or tomato sauce here if you like. I love the simplicity of crushed tomatoes or homemade tomato sauce. Whatever you use, just make sure that it's THICK - runny tomato sauce will result in a soggy pizza crust. If you're using homemade tomato sauce, you may want to simmer it on the stove for a bit before adding it to your pizza to give the excess water a chance to cook off.

Use whatever pizza toppings you like here - peppers, onions, black olives, pepperoni, spinach, chicken, you name it!

If your crust starts to get too brown in the oven, cover your pizza with foil or an oven-safe lid for the remainder of the cooking time.

Keywords: pizza, deep dish, comfort food