slow cooker pizza

Photo: Katerina Petrovska

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A Homemade Twist on a Chicago Classic
Making pizza at home can be tough: There's the challenge of stretching the dough into an evenly formed shape that's neither too thick nor too thin; then, once you get it in the oven, the pizza can quickly go from undercooked to burnt-to-a-crisp in a minute. Using a slow cooker eliminates both problems and has the added bonus of keeping your kitchen way more comfortable than it might be if you crank the oven up to 500. This indulgent-tasting, deep-dish pizza is a light version of the personal-pan kind served in restaurants, but with much less oil (just a tablespoon).

Get the recipe: Puttanesca Pizza