Crazy-Great Idea: Slow-Cooker Pizza

By Brita Nelson
Created December 8, 2016
Slow Cooker Pizza
We adore making our favorite foods in the slow cooker, even pizza. Yes, it’s possible – and it’s a thick-crusted masterpiece. MORE+ LESS-

I have a history of getting really obsessed with certain things, like blue eye shadow or peasant tops. Right now I’m starting to feel that way about my slow cooker. (Except without the sadness I felt in middle school when lace-up jeans went out of style.) 

Lucky for my newfound fad, there’s nothing to regret about slow-cooker meals. I love the “set it and forget it” mentality so much, I’m totally gung-ho about joining Pillsbury in making a slow-cooker recipe every day during the month of February. 

I’m feeling so inspired about slow-cooker recipes, I’m trying out a meal I never thought could be made the slow and steady way: pizza. As soon as I saw the idea on the Crockin’ Girls blog, I knew I had to make it myself. 

First, I unrolled a container of Classic Pizza Crust and placed it in my slow cooker. It was too large to fit in one layer, so I ended up folding it nearly in half, causing the dough to be very thick. Then I topped it with sauce, cheese and pepperoni and cooked it on high for about 3 hours.

Shredded Cheese and Pepperoni in a slow cooker

I was balancing a thick pizza crust with a slow heating process, and in order to heat the pizza crust all the way through, the edges ended up getting a little crispier than I wanted. But with that sacrifice came perfectly melted cheese and a big, puffed-up crust.

Melted cheese and pepperoni in a slow cooker

When it came out of the slow cooker (by pulling it up with two forks), it looked like a large oval loaf about 3 inches tall. When it’s sliced, you can see how much it actually resembles a super deep-dish pizza, and it tastes that way too. You get great flavor from the pizza crust and the classic cheesy, saucy toppings you expect from a deep-dish pie.

Slow Cooker Pizza

Making this pizza reinforced my belief that there’s a way to make almost anything in a slow cooker. And the idea that everything tastes better when it’s made that way? Still going strong, though I might stick to a few of my favorite pizza recipes for a quicker bite. 

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever made in a slow cooker?