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Homemade Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza


For the Dough:

  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1¼ cups room-temperature water
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon + 4 tablespoons olive oil

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the Toppings:

  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • (Pepperoni)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Make the Dough: Whisk flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Add water and melted butter. Mix until glossy and smooth. Allow dough to rise for 45-60 minutes.

2. Make the Sauce: Heat butter in a saucepan. Cook onion, oregano, and salt until brown. Add garlic, tomatoes, and sugar. Simmer for 25-30 minutes. Stir in basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

3. Laminate the Dough: Roll the dough into a rectangle. Spread softened butter, roll into a cylinder, and flatten. Repeat with the other half. Let rise in the refrigerator for 40-50 minutes.

4. Bake the Pizzas: Coat cake pans with olive oil. Roll out dough, transfer to pans, and add toppings. Bake at 425°F until golden brown, 20-30 minutes.

5. Serve: Let the pizza rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy your homemade Chicago-style deep-dish pizza!

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