Loaded Vegan Deep Dish Pizza

Enjoy this vegan deep dish pizza, featuring layers of vegan mozzarella on a crispy crust and topped with tomato sauce and vegan pepperoni.  This vegan pizza is made with a thick crust and the best toppings. You simply won’t find a better deep dish pizza recipe, whether vegan or not! You’ll love the easy-to-follow instructions on how to make deep dish pizza, even including instructions on layers!

A slice of vegan deep dish pizza with the text above it that reads: Vegan Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza.
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This vegan deep dish pizza will help you embrace the weekend with passion! It’s just that good!

Why We Love Vegan Deep Dish Pizza

This vegan deep dish pizza was inspired by a trip to a famous Chicago-based eatery that specializes in deep-dish pizza. Chicago is the home of the deep dish pizza, so it was the perfect place to get inspired.

But here’s what I love so much about this recipe: if you can eat things like Vegan Deep Dish Pizza it sure makes sticking to a vegan diet a lot more tasty!

A slice of Deep Dish Vegan Pepperoni Pizza has a fork sitting next to it.

How to Make Vegan Deep Dish Pizza

Let’s begin with the most important step…the crust. First, combine the yeast with warm water and a little bit of sugar. Let the yeast get bubbly.

In the meantime, combine the flour with the other dry ingredients in a large bowl. Give it a good stir.

Then add the yeast and oil mixture to the flour and stir until it turns into a dough ball. I like the knead the dough right in the bowl. That way you won’t have to deal with messy countertops…at least not yet.

Cover the bowl and set aside to allow the dough to rise, at least an hour or more.

Raising dough for homemade pizza crust in a white bowl.

While you’re waiting for the dough to rise, you can prepare the toppings, such as chopping the tomatoes.

Deep Dish Pizza Layers

Interestingly enough, a deep dish pizza begins with the cheese right next to the crust.

So, you’ll roll the dough into your deep dish pizza pan and then begin by placing vegan cheese slices on the bottom.

A ball of pizza dough on a wooden counter top.

Follow that with the tomato mixture, and then add vegan pepperoni slices. Finally, give it a sprinkle of vegan parmesan to finish it off and you’re ready to bake this pizza!

What does deep dish pizza mean?

A deep dish pizza has a thick crust made in a pan or even a skillet with taller sides. I like to think of it more like a pizza pie. Another distinctive difference is that the cheese goes on the bottom of a deep dish pizza pie, rather than the top.

A fork holds a bite of pizza sitting next to the rest of the slice.

Eat this pizza with a fork or with your hands. It’s delicious either way!

Can I freeze Deep Dish Pizza?

You can freeze deep dish pizza. The best way to do this is to allow the pizza to cool completely (you can speed this up by placing it in the fridge after it’s cooled for about 15 minutes), then slice the pizza. Place individual slices on a try and place the tray in the freezer. Once the pieces are frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and return to the freezer.

To reheat pizza, I highly recommend using a toaster oven or oven. That will help the crust stay crispy, even for the leftovers!

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A slice of Deep Dish Vegan Pepperoni Pizza is good enough to eat with a fork!

Deep Dish Vegan Pizza

Enjoy layers of vegan mozzarella on a delicious, crispy crust and topped with red sauce, vegan pepperoni, and your other favorite pizza toppings. 
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Deep Dish Pizza
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 10 Slices
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast 1 packet
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil

Toppings:

  • 2 cups tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 3 Basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried, fresh
  • 1 teaspoon dried Oregano
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Parmesan Cheese plus additional for topping
  • 1 cup vegan Jack Cheese I used Daiya’s Jack Wedges, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups vegan mozzarella shreds I used Follow Your Heart’s new mozzarella, shredded
  • 24 slices vegan pepperoni (see note)

Instructions

  • Pour the water in a small bowl and heat in the microwave about 11 seconds. You should be able to dip your finger in the bowl and not feel it’s either too hot or too cold. Once the temperature is just right, add the yeast and sugar and stir. Set aside to proof the yeast, about 5 minutes. Once it’s proven itself, add the vegetable oil. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flours, salt, and ground flax seed. Stir together, until well combined.
  • Pour the yeast mixture into the bowl with the flour and stir vigorously for several minutes. This is a nice, pliable dough so I was able to knead it right in the bowl for 5 – 7 minutes. You want to reach the point where you can make an impression with your thumb in the middle of the dough and the dough raises back. Pour the olive oil over the dough and turn it several times to ensure both the dough and the bowl are coated with oil. Cover and set aside to rise. It will need about 2 hours to rise.
  • Once the dough is ready, cover it with a large sheet of waxed paper and use a rolling pin to spread it out to the dimensions of your pan. This will fit a 12″ deep dish pizza pan. Make sure you allow the dough to fit up the sides of the pan a bit to create a sort of deep-dish pizza bowl! Set aside to prepare your toppings.
  • Whenever you’re ready to prepare your topping, begin by heating your oven to 450F.
  • Next, place the thinly sliced vegan Jack cheese across the bottom of the dough. Cover that with the shredded vegan mozzarella. Spread it out so you don’t see any of the pizza dough coming through.
  • Place the chopped tomatoes in a food processor along with the basil, oregano, and vegan parmesan. Pulse for just a few seconds. You want the tomatoes to be fairly ground, but still with lots of texture. Spread the tomato mixture over the cheese.
  • Spread the chopped slices of vegan pepperoni evenly over the top of the tomato mixture.
  • Sprinkle with additional vegan parmesan.
  • Place in your prepared oven for 20 – 25 minutes. The dough should be showing through with a nice golden color. Allow the pizza to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

Inspired by: Uno’s Chicago Grill Pizza
Buy store-bought vegan pepperoni or make your own homemade vegan pepperoni.

Enjoy!

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