Lou’s Famous Favorite Flaky Crust Recipe

Chicago’s famous pizza place, Lou Malnati’s, has one of the tasty pizza crusts. We found a perfectly flaky and buttery recipe that tastes as good as the real thing!

Lou’s Famous Favorite Flaky Crust Recipe

How To Make Lou's Famous Favorite Flaky Crust Recipe

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 55 mins


  • 3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup semolina
  • 1 tsp. yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 ball, fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • handful of fresh basil


  1. Mix together the flour, semolina, yeast, and water until well combined, then let sit for about 25 minutes.
  2. Add the oil and butter, then knead the dough lightly.
  3. Form the dough into a ball and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Take the dough out of the fridge and roll out into a circle, then bake for 5 minutes at 450 degrees.
  5. To build your pizza, start with spreading the tomato sauce over the dough, leaving space around the edges.
  6. Layer on slices of mozzarella, followed by the tomato slices and basil.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes.


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