Deep Dish Pizza Chicago-style UNO'S recipe

Deb Crane


Famous UNO'S restaurant in Chicago published Aldean Stoudamire's pizza recipe back in 1987. This is as close as you can get to a "real" Chicago style stuffed pizza! I made a cardinal sin with the pictures....I used sauce instead of canned tomatoes. A BIG no-no, but I really craved making one! To be a true pizza, use the canned tomatoes. I will take pictures the next time I make one with the way the "sauce" should be. (sorry Mama Aldean!)
I get requests to make this pizza, as it doesnt get much better then this! (short of going to Chicago) :)

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4-6 large slices (8 smaller slices)




olive oil
1 pkg
active dry yeast
1 c
warm water (110-155 degrees)
3- 3 1/2 c
ap flour
1/3 c
cooking oil
12 oz
sliced mozzarella cheese
1/2 lb
mild italian sausage, cooked, and crumbled
14 oz
can whole pear or plum tomatoes, drained
1 tsp
oregano, dried, crushed
1 tsp
dried basil, crushed
1/4 c
parmesan cheese
sliced mushrooms, optional
chopped green pepper, optional
toppings of your choice, optional

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
You will need a deep dish at least 2 inches deep. You can also use a heavy 10x2 inch round cake pan or a 10 inch spring form pan. Which ever pan you use, brush olive oil generously around the whole pan.
In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast into warm water. Stir until dissolved. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the flour, the 1/3 cup cooking oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Beat at low speed 30 seconds,scraping bowl often.
Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place till doubled. Beat down. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Turn dough into pan. Using oiled hands, spread dough evenly over bottom and partially up sides of pan. Cover, let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
Arrange cheese slices in 1/4 inch thick layer on dough.
Gently press sausage on cheese.
Using hands, gently crush tomatoes into small pieces atop sausage.
Sprinkle with herbs and Parmesan.
Bake in a 500 degree oven for about 25 minutes to 30 minutes or until edges of the crust are crisp and golden brown.
If desired, add mushrooms and green pepper during the last few minutes of baking.
Let the pizza stand for 5-10 minutes before cutting. (this is the hardest part!) :)
If you dont have the time to make this crust, I did come up with an alternative using the bread machine.

If you want to use the bread machine:
2 3/4 Cups AP flour
1/3 Cup olive oil
1 Cup hot water (110-115 degrees)
2 teaspoons yeast
Add the ingredients to the bread machine and put it on dough setting. Then put in the prepared pan and let rise again. Then follow the rest of the above instructions.
This is a serious recipe. It is well worth the effort as it is as close to the real thing as you can get at home. As I have said, I used a sauce in the pictures.... this is a no-no! Use the tomatoes and you will be in heaven!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: For Kids