Homemade Calzone Easy Recipe

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Homemade Calzone Easy Recipe

This easy-to-make Calzone recipe has a number of options that give you different ways to experience it, like sausage or pepperoni, baked on a stone or pizza pan, and so on.
5 from 1 vote
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4 people
Calories 1189kcal


pizza stone or pizza pan


Pizza Dough Ingredients for Bread Maker (or buy a lge 14-16 inch large pizza dough)

Calzone Interior Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork sausage cooked, or 6 oz. pepperoni slices
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese stirred well before measuring
  • 3 tsp minced garlic or ½ amount if granulated
  • ¼ tsp Red Cayenne Pepper or double amount if red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • ½ tbsp basil
  • ½ tbsp rosemary
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper

Calzone Exterior Ingredients

  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated or shredded (for top of dough only)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Serving With Marinara Sauce (or Spaghetti/Pizza Sauce)


    Prepare the Dough (Perform only 1 of the following 2 options)

    • Option 1 (you bought the dough): Sprinkle out some corn meal on the counter and unroll the pizza dough on top of that.
    • Option 2 (you make the dough in a bread maker): Add the dough ingredients (in order) to the bread maker and set it to "dough" setting. When it's done (about 2 hrs.), sprinkle out some corn meal on the counter and spread out the dough on top of that. The shape can be about 14-16 inches across, round or oval.
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    Prepare the Oven, Stone

    • Set to preheat the oven at 450o and, if using a stone, insert it now at mid-shelf.

    Make the Calzone

    • Cook the sausage and drain.
    • Use a hand mixer to combine all the Calzone Interior Ingredients in a mixing bowl.
    • Add all the Calzone Interior ingredients to ½ side of the rolled out dough.
    • Fold the empty ½ side of the dough over to cover the filled (other ½) side. Firmly press the edges downward to seal together. Use water as a sealant, if needed.
    • Brush the top with olive oil and sprinkle on the parmesan cheese.
    • Cut about 4-6 distributed slits across the top.
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    Bake and Serve

    • Sprinkle some cornmeal onto either the pizza pan or pizza peel. Transfer the Calzone from the counter to the pan or peel.
    • If baking on a Pizza Pan: Sprinkle some cornmeal onto the pan, transfer the Calzone onto it, and put the pan into the oven.
      If baking on a Pizza Stone: Sprinkle some cornmeal onto the pizza peel, transfer the Calzone onto it, and use the peel to transfer it onto the stone in the oven.
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    • Bake 16-20 minutes, until light-medium brown. Remove from oven; wait 3-5 minutes. Cut into 4 pieces for serving.
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    • Serve with warmed pizza/spaghetti sauce or a marinara.
    • Great with coleslaw or tossed salad.
    • Using the mixer for combining all the internal ingredients is a huge help as it’s a very thick mixture.


    Calories: 1189kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 74g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 32g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 2611mg | Potassium: 552mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1073IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 681mg | Iron: 4mg



    About Homemade Calzone Easy Recipe

    This homemade Calzone easy recipe has a number of options that gives you different ways to create it each time.

    Calzone Questions and Tips

    Is there a difference between Pizza dough and Calzone dough?

    No. However, due to the many ways to make pizza dough, some have a few changes they make to the pizza dough used. What makes it different is that some people will put a sparse, thin tomato sauce and herbs/spices on top before baking the Calzone. Also, sometimes the dough is purposefully rolled out (or stretched out) thicker than for a pizza.

    Is a Calzone just a folded Pizza?

    No. Even though there are some similarities in making it, there is no sauce inside a Calzone. The folding idea is just a perception in watching it being made. The contents are a little different, and after folding over the dough, it’s sealed shut with slits cut in the top, like a pie. Calzones are usually dipped in a sauce when eating.

    Why is there no sauce in a Calzone?

    Because the formal manner is to put a very thin layer of sauce atop before it’s baked. Also, Calzones are often eaten by dipping in a sauce. Calzones weren’t intended to be considered a different kind of pizza.


    Q: Are Calzones fried or baked?

    What do they call a fried Calzone?

    It’s called a Panzerotti. These are usually small and handheld. They’re also nicknamed as “fried pizzas” and sometimes do consist of mostly just mozzarella cheese and a sauce.

    How do you seal a Calzone after folding over the dough?

    Usually, just with routine firm pressure but sometimes, applying a bit of water (which acts like an adhesive) will seal it shut very well.

    How do you keep Calzones from getting soggy?

    Ensure the oven’s fully preheated before baking. Applying a light coating of olive oil on the dough bottom and top will give it a crispness.
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