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Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza

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Pepperoni deep dish pizza is my all-time favorite. I could easily eat it every day and not get tired of it. The combination of cheese, pepperoni, and tomato sauce is perfection. Plus, the crust is so thick and fluffy, that it’s impossible to resist. 

Pepperoni pizza on a cast iron skillet and a sliced of pizza on a blue plate.

Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s the perfect food. Delicious, filling, and universally loved. There are so many different types of pizza out there that it can be hard to decide on a favorite. But for me, nothing beats a good old-fashioned deep-dish pepperoni pizza.

Why You’ll Love This Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza

  • Cheap to make this takeout treat at home and save your hard-earned cash.
  • The best thing about deep-dish pizza is the thick, buttery, flaky crust that you will go crazy for.
  • This dish takes almost no time to make and will satisfy your pizza craving in minutes flat.

If you love pizza you may also enjoy this Pepperoni and Mozzarella Pull-Apart Monkey Bread recipe.

Grocery List for Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza

Ingredients for pepperoni deep dish pizza.
  • Store-bought pizza dough (in your deli)
  • Pizza sauce
  • Pepperoni
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Garlic cloves, crushed 
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh Basil
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Flour

How to Make Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Collage of rolled out pizza dough on a cast iron skillet.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Brush cast-iron skillet with olive oil and dust with flour. (Photo 1)
  3. Note, if you did not purchase pre-rolled pizza dough, you will first need to dust a working space with flour and roll out your pizza dough to be used in your cast iron skillet. 
  4. Press pizza dough into the bottom of the skillet and up the sides, about halfway up is fine. (Photo 2)
  5. Brush pizza with olive oil and crushed garlic, do not add toppings yet. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until the crust is golden. (Photo 3)
  6. While the crust is baking, chop the pepperoni, divide it into two small piles and set it aside. (Photo 4)
Collage of adding ingredients on pizza crust.
  1. When the crust is golden brown, remove it from the oven. (Photo 5)
  2. Add pizza sauce and spread evenly. (Photo 6)
  3. Top with half of the chopped pepperoni followed by half of the shredded mozzarella cheese. (Photo 7)
  4. Add the remaining chopped pepperoni (optional to save a little bit to sprinkle on top before baking). (Photo 8)
Collage of unbaked and baked pepperoni deep dish pizza on a cast iron skillet.
  1. Spread the remaining shredded mozzarella followed by the fresh mozzarella, place the circles evenly apart and add the fresh basil. (Photo 9)
  2. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning evenly on the pizza and add the leftover chopped pepperoni (if any). 
  3. Bake the pizza with the toppings for 8 -10 minutes or until all of the cheese has melted.
  4. To get the toasted spots on your cheese, let pizza cook under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let rest 15 minutes before slicing and pulling apart. The rest time will ensure that the toppings and cheese don’t spill out onto the plate. (Photo 10)
A plate of sliced pepperoni pizza.

Storage

Store leftover pizza in an airtight container for no longer than three to four days in the refrigerator.

Tips

  • For this recipe I used a 10” cast iron skillet pan, any deep dish pizza pan can be used. 
  • Pizza Dough:  I used pre-rolled-out dough from the bakery at my local grocery store, most have this option if you ask. As an alternative, Walmart bakery has an excellent pizza dough sold by the bag and you can roll it out yourself. Most pizza joints will allow you to purchase pre-made pizza dough as well.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Be creative with the toppings of your choice, I used a pepperoni stick and chopped it as it builds better for the deep dish pizza layers. 
  • For those not fond of garlic, it is optional as well. You can skip the garlic if you prefer.
  • I use a mix of shredded mozzarella and fresh mozzarella since I love the taste of both. You can use pre-shredded instead of both if you prefer.
  • Also, if you cannot find a pepperoni stick you can substitute it with pre-packaged pepperoni coins.
Baked deep dish pizza sliced being removed from the pan.

Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza FAQs

Can I use a deep dish pizza pan instead of a skillet?

You can, but the cast-iron skillet is really what gives this pizza a nice crust.

How to reheat Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza?

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap pizza tightly with aluminum foil and place it into an oven-safe dish or cast-iron skillet pan. bake for 10 to 12 minutes until hot all the way through.

Can I use other toppings than just pepperoni for this Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza recipe?

Yes, pepperoni is just an example of what you can put on this pizza. Get creative with the toppings and you will be surprised by how wonderful it turns out.

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Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza slice on spatula.
5 from 7 votes

Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rest 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yields 6 Servings
Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza is packed with flavor and will definitely satisfy your craving for something hearty and comforting.

Ingredients 

  • 16 oz (453 ⅗ g) store bought pizza dough pre-rolled out, optional
  • 1 ½ cup (367 ½ g) pizza sauce
  • 6.5 oz (184 ¼ g) stick of pepperoni chopped, divided
  • 1 ½ cups (168 g) shredded mozzarella divided
  • 4 oz (113 ⅖ g) fresh mozzarella sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • Olive oil for brushing your pan and the crust
  • Fresh Basil about 5 leaves
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Flour for dusting the pan and the dough

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Brush cast-iron skillet with olive oil and dust with flour.
    Flour for dusting the pan and the dough
  • Press pizza dough into the bottom of the skillet and up the sides, about halfway up is fine.
    16 oz store bought pizza dough
  • Brush pizza with olive oil and crushed garlic, do not add toppings yet.
    Olive oil for brushing your pan and the crust,3 garlic cloves
  • Bake for 18-25 minutes or until the crust is golden.
  • While the crust is baking, chop the pepperoni, divide it into two small piles and set aside.
    6.5 oz stick of pepperoni
  • When the crust is golden brown, remove from the oven.
  • Add pizza sauce and spread evenly.
    1 ½ cup pizza sauce
  • Top with half of the chopped pepperoni followed by half of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
    1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
  • Add the remaining chopped pepperoni (optional to save a little bit to sprinkle on top before baking).
  • Spread the remaining shredded mozzarella followed by the fresh mozzarella, place the circles evenly apart and add the fresh basil.
    4 oz fresh mozzarella
  • Sprinkle the Italian seasoning evenly on the pizza and add the leftover chopped pepperoni (if any).
    1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Bake the pizza with the toppings for 8 -10 minutes or until all of the cheese has melted.
  • To get the toasted spots on your cheese, let pizza cook under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest 15 minutes before slicing and pulling apart. The rest time will ensure that the toppings and cheese don’t spill out onto the plate.

Notes

If you did not purchase pre-rolled pizza dough, you will first need to dust a working space with flour and roll out your pizza dough to be used in your cast iron skillet.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 591kcal (30%) Carbohydrates: 54g (18%) Protein: 26g (52%) Fat: 30g (46%) Saturated Fat: 12g (75%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 69mg (23%) Sodium: 1703mg (74%) Potassium: 363mg (10%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 8g (9%) Vitamin A: 787IU (16%) Vitamin C: 6mg (7%) Calcium: 269mg (27%) Iron: 4mg (22%)

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So easy and so flavorful! The perfect weeknight dinner option. Thanks for such clear instruction on the ingredients, too!

  2. 5 stars
    This deep dish pizza turned out so well!! This is going to be my staple comfort food recipe for the colder months.

  3. 5 stars
    This was phenomenal! I made two – one for the kids and one for the adults and stuck some extra onions on the grownup one. It was a total hit and we will definitely be putting this one in rotation.

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