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Quick & Easy Deep Dish Pizza

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.

Makes

8 servings

I was trying to impress my boyfriend with my cooking, so I made this meaty, deep-dish pizza. I think it worked. Here we are 17 years later, and I still make it for our family at least once a month, if not more! —Stacey White, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Quick & Easy Deep Dish Pizza Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 10 slices Canadian bacon (about 6 ounces), coarsely chopped
  • 2 packages (6-1/2 ounces each) pizza crust mix
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet, cook beef, pepper and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in pizza sauce and Canadian bacon; remove from heat.
  2. Prepare dough for pizza crust according to package directions. Press dough to fit bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  3. Spoon meat sauce onto crust. Sprinkle with cheese; top with pepperoni. Bake, covered, 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until crust and cheese are golden brown.
    Freeze option: Cool meat sauce before assembling pizza. Securely cover and freeze unbaked pizza. To use, bake frozen pizza, covered with foil, in a preheated 425° oven 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until golden brown and heated through.

Quick & Easy Deep-Dish Pizza Tips

What makes Chicago deep-dish pizza different?

In addition to this deep-dish style, lots of Chicago-style pizzerias make pies with two layers of pizza crust, with the cheese and fillings in between and sauce on top. Read more with our ultimate guide to regional pizzas.

Why is my deep-dish pizza watery?

The moisture in tomato sauce can seep through the crust. To prevent this, try layering cheese directly onto the crust before the sauce. The fat in cheese should keep excess moisture away from the crust. If you want to make your own dough, try a classic deep-dish recipe.

How do you get deep-dish pizza out of the pan?

Use a large spatula to remove the pizza to a cooling rack. Cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting, and only cut as many slices as you need ready to serve. For a little extra help, try baking your deep dish in a springform pan to easily lift away the pan's sides.

Research contributed by Elizabeth Harris

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 476 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1124mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.

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