Nothing pizza a fresh slice of Lou Malnati’s pizza when you’re in Chicago.
But if you’re not local, then you can get their frozen pizzas shipped direct to your door so that you can make it in your home oven.
But how do you cook a frozen Lou Malnati’s pizza and get that same yummy taste and gooey cheese?
Below we’ve got all the important steps for you, whether you are baking directly from frozen for the first time, or just reheating some previously cooked (and frozen) Lou Malnati’s.
How To Cook A Lou Malnati’s Frozen Deep Dish Pizza In The Oven
If you’ve been dreaming a delicious slice of Chicago-style pizza from Lou Malnati’s at home, then let us help you bake the perfect pie from a frozen deep dish pizza from this iconic Chicago pizzeria.
Just keep in mind that baking this pizza from frozen will take a while, just like when you visit one of their locations in person.
Here are the steps to follow:
1. Preheat the oven
First things first, you need to get your oven preheating.
For a frozen deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s, the perfect oven temperature setting is 425° F.
So, get that oven fired up.
2. Prepare the frozen pizza
Open up the box your frozen Lou Malnati’s arrived in and carefully lift the frozen pizza up out of the pan.
While you have the pizza out of the pan, go ahead and use a dry, clean paper towel to wipe off any condensation that may be in the pan.
Then, lightly oil the pan with your favorite extra virgin olive oil.
Once oiled, you can place the frozen pizza back in the pan.
3. Put the pizza in the oven
Once the pizza has been prepared and the oven has fully preheated, it is time to slide the pizza into your oven for baking.
Yes, leave the pizza in the pan for cooking.
For the best results, put the pan on the center rack for baking.
Typically you want to bake the frozen Lou Malnati’s pizza until you start to see the cheese getting all melted and bubbly with the crust turning a golden brown color.
How long should you bake the frozen Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza?
That depends on which type of pizza you’ve got to bake.
Here’s a general guideline based on type of pizza:
- Lou Malnati’s cheese pizza: 25-30 minutes
- Lou Malnati’s veggie pizza: 30-35 minutes
- Lou Malnati’s sausage, pepperoni or spinach pizza: 35-40 minutes
Please note that exact baking times may vary from one oven to the next, so do be sure to keep an eye on the pizza while it bakes.
4. Remove from oven and enjoy
Once the pizza has cooked to perfection, you can remove it from the oven and get ready to chow down.
There is no need to let it sit before slicing and serving up.
Just be careful if you dig in immediately as that cheese will be hot and you don’t want to burn your tongue or the roof of your mouth!
Lou Malnati’s Frozen Pizza Baking Tips
The hardest part about cooking a frozen Lou Malnati’s pizza is the waiting for it to finish baking.
But, if you’re having some other problems, then we have additional tips for you.
You do not need to thaw the pizza before attempting to cook it in your home oven.
However, if the pizza has thawed before baking, then you need to adjust the cooking time by 5 minutes.
Just watch the pizza carefully as it gets down to the end of the baking time so that you don’t accidentally burn it.
As you can see, baking a frozen Lou Malnati’s pizza is really easy to do at home.
You just need to get started early since it can take as long as 40 minutes to bake, depending on which toppings you have on the pizza.
While it won’t be quite the same experience as eating your deep dish pizza in Chicago, it will still taste pretty darn good until you can get there!