Vegetarian Dish

Simple Deep Dish Pizza

There are plenty of vegetarian options for deep dish pizza, but this is the best one.
Simple Deep Dish Pizza
Cast-iron skillet filled with our Easy Deep Dish Pizza recipe

Pie, pie, I made you a pie. A pie on the fly. Without any ryyyeee!

Sorry. It’s late and I really wanted to make you a poem. Somehow I wanted to fit in “It doesn’t have any butterrrrr” and “it’s deep dissshhh” but they didn’t really rhyme with fly, so they didn’t make the cut. You get the point though, you’re smart.

Yeasted dough rising in a bowl

I have never really been a deep dish kind of girl. Thin crust is more my scene, obviously because I can justify more pieces and thus more toppings. Because let’s be honest, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TOPPINGS, primarily the sauce. Am I right?

However, after recently getting the urge to go deep dish on you guys, I did a quick Facebook survey to see if you’d prefer something savory or sweet. To my surprise, the response was overwhelmingly savory. As in SALT over SUGAR. Whoa. So, as promised, here is a savory deep dish recipe and a sweet one is soon to follow for all my sweet tooths out there. SIT TIGHT ladies and gents.

Pizza dough in an oiled cast-iron skillet

Most deep dish pizzas involve some super buttery, complicated crust that I honestly don’t have the time or energy or desire to make.

I like my crust to taste like crust, not a buttery dinner roll. So I kept this one simple and stuck with my favorite pizza crust that I make almost weekly and keep on hand for impromptu pizza nights. I suggest you do the same. Clearly, it’s the only option.

Spreading pizza sauce on top of roasted vegetables and shredded cheese

Origins of Deep Dish Pizza

Naples, Italy is credited with the origination of pizza in the late 1700s to early 1800s. But it may have been inspired by a similar flatbread-style dish served by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. Italian immigrants then brought pizza to the US in the 19th-20th century.

It was in Chicago that deep dish style pizza was created. The first deep dish pizza is believed to have been created by Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo in 1943 at their restaurant Pizzeria Uno (but the origin is debated). The concept became wildly popular and Pizzeria Uno now has over 200 locations worldwide!

Skillet containing our Deep Dish Pizza with Roasted Veggies

How to Make Deep Dish Pizza

Once you get past the complicated part of a deep dish pizza, namely the crust, it’s quite simple.

You get a round pan or cast iron, and rub it with olive on the dough. Spread and form a 1-inch tall crust up the o’ cheese.

Boom. Bake. Boom. You got a deep dish pizza on your hands. (Only be careful because the skillet will be hot and you may burn yourself three times in the process of cutting it, not that I know that from experience or anything…)

Skillet filled with a batch of our 45-Minute Deep Dish Veggie Pizza recipe

This pie was SO SO good!

Despite being butter free it tasted absolutely decadent thanks to the layers of cheese, sauce and roasted veggies. It was perfectly crisp on the outside and tender and slightly doughy on the inside. And the veggies married with the sauce melted in between the cheese was a dream.

I could’ve eaten the whole thing, probably, except that my belly could only hold two small pieces. Deep dish is filling!

Skillet filled with vegetarian Deep Dish Pizza with fresh basil
Slice of Deep Dish Roasted Veggie Pizza removed from the rest of the skillet

With a crust prepared ahead of time (or snagging a quality store-bought) this pie comes together in about 45 minutes. It’s such a simple and fairly healthy lunch or dinner option that only requires a handful of staple ingredients. I know I said I liked thin crust before, but….things are about to get all deep dish up in here. I’m in love!

Grabbing a slice of Deep Dish Pizza from a skillet

More Pizza Recipes

  • Apple Streusel Breakfast Pizzas (Dairy-Free)
  • Simple Vegan Pizza
  • Butternut Squash Veggie Pizza
  • Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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