Deep Dish Pizza


Deep Dish Pizza

This recipe is another one of my favorite super easy, quick to throw together, family pleasing, and incredibly delicious meals, originally from mother’s recipe collection. One of the best things about it is how incredibly adaptable it is to whatever ingredients you have on hand! I’ve made it with absolutely no cheese before and it was still delicious!

This recipe is a testament to just how many family recipes we have. I have an original family cookbook that I made eons ago which lists where every recipe came from and notes about it so I always go and look up that information when I am about to post. I have been bragging to my mother about how delicious this is for ages and telling her that she MUST make it soon! I finally got her intrigued enough to ask for the recipe and she bought all of the ingredients yesterday saying “That does sound good, I’ll have to try that this week!”. This morning when I went to my original cookbook to see where the recipe came from originally, I find out its hers!

NOW I know why it tastes so familiar and where I’ve had it before! I remember having this when I was a little girl but I guess Mama got busy with other recipes and busy work and it eventually faded into the background. Well I am reviving this puppy once more, Mama, coz it is SO GOOD!!

For all of my readers with hungry men and teenage boys to feed, get ready for a home run with Deep Dish Pizza!


For the filling you’ll need: Ground beef, Pizza sauce, italian seasoning, onion, parmesan cheese, Mozzarella, and a bit of pepper.

I already have my beef browned and bagged in the freezer so any ground beef dish is a lot quicker for me. The original recipe (posted at the bottom) calls for one pound of ground beef and one pound of sausage. I just used two pounds of ground beef. See how adaptable this is?

Of course, I use the generic pizza sauce because it is awesome anyway.


For your super easy crust, you’ll need milk, all purpose flour, eggs, bit of salt, and a wee bit of vegetable oil.

Yes, you can use olive oil in place of vegetable oil but I don’t. Why? Because Olive Oil is so expensive it just doesn’t make sense to me. If I ever start drinking oil, I’ll look into more “refined” options :).


In a large skillet, add your beef and chopped onion. You can also add any other pizza ingredients you typically enjoy. Had my entire family (except for me) not been dropped on their heads as children (thereby ruining their ability to tell what is good in food), I would be adding bell pepper and mushrooms now :) YUM!

Of course, this is the step where you would normally brown your beef but I’m just heating mine up a bit here. I’m not really worried about sauteing my onions that much either, just getting them started cooking because they will finish just fine as it bakes in the oven.

I love getting pizza at this little market near our house because they will put all of my favorite toppings on just one or two pieces and leave the rest of the pizza pepperoni only for the unimaginative folks in my life ~grins~


Pour in your pizza sauce and stir.


Now we’re done!


Spray a 9×13 inch pan with baking spray.


Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese over the bottom of the pan.

I am so glad I have leftovers of this to eat right after I am done with this post!

Leftovers of deep dish pizza are EXCELLENT by the way!


Spread meat mixture over the mozzarella.

Now its time to make our crust, you’re just not going to believe how easy it is!


Pour milk into a medium sized bowl.


Add flour


Add eggs and salt


Add your oil.


Stir all of that up well with a large spoon, making sure you get your eggs broken up and mixed in.

That’s it, you’re totally done!


Pour crust batter over meat.

Bake at 350 for thirty minutes. It may not look done but it is :).

066By now, your kitchen is filled with the most delicious smell. Your kids and spouse have been driving you crazy asking if its done yet, and your stomach has set into a continual growl. Or maybe that’s just me :).



Deep Dish Pizza
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1lb Italian sausage (I use 2 lbs ground beef and leave out sausage)
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (I omit due to picky family)
  • 15 ounce jar pizza sauce
  • ½ Cup Parmesan (Parmesan is not as easy to spell as one might think...)
  • 8 ounce mozzarella
  • ½ tsp salt
  • dash black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T oil
  • ½ tsp garlic salt*
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano*
  • **I leave out garlic salt and oregano and just put in two tablespoons dry Italian Seasoning
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Brown hamburger, sausage, onion, and bell pepper. Drain well. Add garlic salt and oregano (or Italian Seasoning). Add pizza sauce. Stir well. Grease a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle mozzarella over bottom of it. Spread meat mixture over the cheese. In mixing bowl, add eggs, milk, flour, oil, and salt. Pour over meat in pan. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over batter. Bake 30 minutes.


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  1. Cindy McDaniels says

    Made this for the first time tonight. Huge hit at our house and cooked in the right amount of time. Substituted the italian sausage for a layer of pepperoni. Just layered the pepperoni after the cheese and beofre the sauce/beef mixture…YUM! Thanks so much…this is a keeper :)

  2. says

    Stay at home single dad here, taking care of his family and always looking for new recipes for my picky family. I swear some days it’s like I have to make 6 different meals sometimes because everyone likes and dislikes something in it. Made this today (kids eating it right now as i type this) and I have 2 smaller ones baking still. WOW, simply AMAZING! BOTH my picky eaters, the kids LOVE IT! First time EVER my oldest cleaned her plate! I am not only keeping this recipe, I’m following you on Facebook now and sharing this discovery with ALL my friends!

  3. Carol says

    Hi Christy! Love your recipes! Here’s a challenge for you: I have a vegetarian in the house and am wondering if you could make some suggestions for protein in place of the meat? My first thought would be to add two cans of bean, well rinsed and drained…Thank you for any advice; I’d love to make this tonight!

  4. Tina Blackwell says

    Hi, Christy!
    You know that I LOVE every one of your recipes that I have EVER tried, but for us, this one just didn’t ‘do it’. No one in my family liked it , including me. It was really odd, it looked good, but we just thought it had a really weird taste…I don’t know if it was too much Italian seasoning or what..?…Also, the crust part was ‘gummy’…I went back and checked over everything to make sure I had made it right, (and I had), so it just must be us…But, my whole family got up from the table and threw it away. I am trying to figure out what to give them later on, because I know they are going to be hungry. I don’t mean to complain, I thought you just might like to know that it just didn’t taste ‘right’ to any of us. But, I sure do love all the other things you have posted! :)

  5. Dianne says

    Made this yesterday and we had it last night for supper along with a tossed salad and fresh dinner rolls. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!!! Plenty left over for tonight and looking forward to another great meal. Your website is now in my list of favorites!!

  6. Chris says

    This looks amazing. It smells amazing. Now waiting the 30 minutes while hoping it tastes amazing! And in the meantime, I’m so happy I found a recipe for ground beef which includes ingredients I actually have on hand in my sparsely-stocked just-before-payday kitchen.

    Now, is it just me, or do ingredients listed out of preparation order in a recipe drive anyone else nuts?!?!

  7. Janel says

    Christy, this sounds so yummy. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us, and also, thanks for introducing me to Tamara Alexander and her new book. I have down-loaded it onto my Kindle (free! Yea!) and look forward to begin reading it later today. I am always glad to learn about Christian authors.

    I pray God will continue to bless you in all you do!

  8. Joan says

    This sounds like dinner tonight.

    I know I wasn’t dropped on my head as a child, but bell peppers and mushrooms … really? Well, maybe I react because mushrooms give me a bad, bad, bad bathroom problem, and bell peppers make me wish for a mushroom.

  9. melanie says

    I cannot wait to make this it sounds so so easy and good, it might just be our Sunday dinner. As always thank you for all you do for us. You always make me smile and I love reading your family stories.

  10. Andrea says

    I found this on Pinterest and every time I looked at the picturmoot made me crave more of a Mexican-ish flavor than Italian. I decided to put a Mexican cheese blend on the bottom, add taco seasoning and a small can of enchilada sauce to the meat, and I used the same crust recipe. It is divine! It’s like an upside down Mexican pizza/casserole! So good!

  11. Lysa says

    Thank you for posting this recipe!!!
    I made a pizza similar to this for dinner last night and my twelve-year-old helped himself to thirds! Very huge hit in my family, and healthy even.

    Your time was definitely not wasted in uploading this.

  12. elaineraye says

    I love this stuff. I was convinced that the cheese on the bottom would not work out but it is great. A simple, easy, and cheap recipe which just suits me fine. I do think next time I will try adding a mix of Italian sausage with the hamburger for a zingier meat, the plain hamburger version is still very good .

  13. Janel says

    Christy, I made the Deep Dish Pizza to take to our monthly Potluck tonight here on the Retirement Campus where we live. Our table was called last and by the time I got there, there was only one serving left. That one serving was very good and I will for sure be making it again. My husband thought it was good,too, so it is a keeper!

  14. Marva C. says

    I am making this tonight, but 2 pounds of meat is a little much for me, so I will use one pound of ground beef and a small pkg of pepperoni. Thanks again, for another great recipe!

  15. MARSHA G says

    Christy, I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it! Two questions do you know if the leftovers would freeze well or become soggy? And the other is I buy huge blocks of cheese at Sam’s and shred them myself as I always thought that was the least expensive way to buy cheese. Also I don’t like the powdery substance they put on the cheese to keep it from sticking together and have found it doesn’t melt as well as the cheese I shred myself. Have you ever priced if the blocks or bag is cheaper? I do find the pre-shredded on sale often but still bought the blocks as I felt it was cheapest. I am probably totally wrong though. keep the GREAT RECIPES COMING! I especially love the easy and quick ones. as well as the sweet goodies!

  16. AlyssaM says

    I know it’s a long shot that you’ll get this comment and reply in time, but this recipe looks great and I wanted to try it in about 30 minutes, but I have a question! I only have 1lb of ground beef at home. If I did it with less meat, would it affect the rest of the recipe ingredient quantities? Would I have to cut the whole recipe in half?? Thanks so much!

  17. Kathryn Mader says

    Hi, this was a fun recipe to try, thank you. However, I had a hard time reading the recipe as the list of ingredients seems to be in random order. I like ingredients to be listed in the order they are used. It was a lot of work for me to “search and find” the ingredient as I was reading the directions. Also, I was in a hurry, so it made me frustrated. This is the first recipe I’ve tried from your very upbeat food blog. Go Southern gals!

  18. karen lynn says

    Christy I have made this so many times in the past 6 months that I finally had to write.
    The first time I cooked it I thought no way will I like it…. ha!!!! it now gets made a couple times a month!
    I divide the recipe between two small square pans so we all get the toppings we like.
    I make it with hamburger, sausage, pepperoni and onion, I split that in half and put in one pan and add mushrooms, tomatoes and green peppers to the other half, the crust gets poured over both and in 30 short minutes we have delicious deep dish pizza.
    leftovers reheated in microwave the next day taste great and I have also frozen leftovers and they reheat and taste great also.
    thanks for sharing your recipes and your family stories
    Karen in Kentucky

  19. Mindy says

    I added some bacon instead of sausage and used nacho taco cheese mix and some home made sofrito and sazon. I also added dome baking powder to the crust mix. OMG so dang yummy. I used to baking pans 9 X 9 and it it came out perfect …Thank you so much. It is awesomely delicious.


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