Deep-Dish Sausage Pizza


In 1943, Ike Seawell wass credited for creating the first deep dish pizza in Chicago. This sausage-packed version is a stunner.

Deep-Dish Sausage Pizza
Prep Time:
40 mins
Rise Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins


  • Olive oil or vegetable oil

  • Yellow cornmeal

  • 1 cup warm water (120°F to 130°F)

  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • 3 - 4 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • cup vegetable oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 ounce mild bulk Italian sausage

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • 12 ounce sliced mozzarella cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

  • Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (optional)

  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)


  1. Generously grease a 10x2-inch heavy round cake pan or a 10-inch springform pan with oil. Sprinkle bottom of pan with cornmeal; set pan aside.

  2. In a large bowl combine warm water and yeast, stirring to dissolve yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the flour, the 1/3 cup oil, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining 1 1/2 to 2 cups flour as you can.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (50 to 60 minutes). Punch dough down. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.

  4. Place dough in the prepared pan. Using oiled hands, press and spread dough evenly over the bottom and 1 1/2 inches up the sides of pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (30 to 35 minutes).

  5. Preheat oven to 375°F. For filling, in a medium skillet cook sausage over medium-high heat until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain in a colander. Using paper towels, pat sausage and wipe out skillet to remove additional fat. Return sausage to skillet. Stir in tomatoes, oregano, and snipped or dried basil. Cook and stir until heated through.

  6. To assemble, arrange mozzarella cheese slices over dough. Spoon filling over cheese; sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

  7. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until edge of crust is crisp and golden and filling is heated through. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover edge of crust with foil for the last 10 minutes of baking. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. If using a springform pan, remove side of pan. If desired, sprinkle pizza with additional Parmesan cheese and basil leaves. Cut into wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

621 Calories
34g Fat
50g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 621
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 871mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Protein 25g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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