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Heart Shaped Pizza

This heart shaped pizza is made with a homemade deep dish crust. It’s filled with sweet Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, three cheeses & homemade sauce.

Heart Shaped Pizza Recipe

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, if I’m going to make something heart-shaped, it’s going to be pizza. Because let’s be honest, pizza is the key to my heart!

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Deep Dish Pizza with Chunky Tomato Sauce

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

My last night in Oklahoma I decided to make one of my families favorites, pizza! The result was a thick and delicious deep dish pizza with one amazing sauce!

Deep Dish Pizza Ingredients

Ingredients (crust – makes 2 12″ crusts)

  • 1/4 oz yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Start by combining the yeast and water in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture bubbles.

Next, add the flour, salt, olive oil and cornmeal.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Mix well until a large ball forms.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Next, place onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Now, place the ball back into a bowl covered in cooking spray.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for an hour.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Ok, don’t tell me that didn’t just amaze you!?  Every time, the fact that this little ball turns into this giant monster just baffles me!  It’s the little things in life people! 🙂

Now it’s time to deflate the amazingness and form the dough in a cast iron skillet.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Now it’s time to take it back a couple notches. Remember that hour while you were waiting for the amazing dough transformation? Yes, that hour while you were sipping wine and relaxing?  Oh yeah, that one!  Lets throw a little sauce making in there as well!

Chunky Tomato Marinara Ingredients

Ingredients (sauce – makes app. 4 cups)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 tomatoes (pureed in food processor or blender)
  • 1 can (28 oz) peeled plum tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, then sauté the garlic for 1 minute in the oil.

Chunky Tomato Marinara Recipe

Next add the pureed tomatoes, chopped plum tomatoes, tomato paste and red wine to the garlic.

Chunky Tomato Marinara Recipe

Now it’s time to add in the spices!

Chunky Tomato Marinara Recipe

Mix together and bring to a simmer.

Chunky Tomato Marinara Recipe

Cover and cook on low for 20-25 minutes.

Let me tell you people, this sauce is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! The secret: red wine, obviously!  Doesn’t wine make everything better?

Now it’s time to prepare the toppings.  I went traditional with pepperoni, but added a kick with red peppers and the creamy goodness of fresh mozzarella.

Deep Dish Pizza Toppings

Ingredients (toppings)

  • 25 pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 roasted red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan

While the sauce is simmering and dough is rising place the pepperonis in a skillet to cook off some of the grease.

Fried Pepperonis

After 5-7 minutes, remove the pepperonis and place in between 2 paper towels to soak up the grease.

At this time, roast the bell pepper over an open flame on the stove or grill or place the bell pepper on a baking dish closest to the heat source in the oven at 450°F for 20 minutes or until the outside skin is charred. Allow to cool then remove the blackened skin and cut into slices.

At this point we should be ready to put this baby together! Start by arranging the pepperonis on the crust.

Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza

Next add the red bell peppers.

Pepperoni Red Pepper Deep Dish Pizza

Now top with slices of mozzarella cheese.

Pepperoni Mozzarella Deep Dish Pizza

Add the parmesan cheese then smother this baby with that amazing sauce.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Yes, I added some additional shredded mozzarella, don’t judge me, my family loves cheese! You’re welcome to do the same, I won’t judge 🙂

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Now pop this pie in the oven at 425°F for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and sauce is bubbling.

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Love that fresh mozzarella peaking through screaming “eat me, eat me!”

Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Start slicing and dig in!

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Deep Dish Pizza with Chunky Tomato Pizza Sauce

This scrumptious recipe for deep dish pizza with chunky tomato sauce, pepperonis & mozzarella cheese is perfect for the thick crust pizza lover!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 484 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

Deep Dish Pizza Dough

  • 1/4 oz yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Chunky Tomato Pizza Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tomatoes pureed in food processor or blender
  • 28 oz peeled plum tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Pizza Toppings

  • 25 pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 roasted red bell pepper sliced
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

Deep Dish Pizza Dough

  1. Combine the yeast and water in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture bubbles.

  2. Add the flour, salt, olive oil and cornmeal.

  3. Mix well until a large ball forms.
  4. Place onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.

  5. Place the ball into a bowl covered in cooking spray.

  6. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for an hour.
  7. Punch the dough down and divide in half. Form the dough in two 10" cast iron skillets or make one pizza in a cast iron skillet now and save the other half of the dough for later.

Chunky Tomato Pizza Sauce

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet,.
  2. Sauté the garlic for 1 minute in the oil.
  3. Add the pureed tomatoes, chopped plum tomatoes, tomato paste and red wine to the garlic.
  4. Add the basil, parsley, pepper, oregano and salt.
  5. Mix together and bring to a simmer.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 20-25 minutes.

Pepperoni Pizza

  1. While the sauce is simmering and dough is rising place the pepperonis in a skillet on the stove over medium heat to cook off some of the grease.

  2. After 5-7 minutes, remove the pepperonis and place in between 2 paper towels to soak up the grease.
  3. Arrange the pepperonis on the crust in the cast iron skillet.

  4. Add the red bell peppers.
  5. Top with slices of mozzarella cheese.
  6. Add the parmesan cheese, then cover with the chunky tomato pizza sauce.
  7. Place in the oven at 425°F for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and sauce is bubbling.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes enough dough and sauce for two deep dish pizzas.