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Easy Calzones Recipe

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Personal size pockets of pizza goodness packaged up in a kid friendly way are a sure crowd pleaser. Easy calzones make for a quick weeknight dinner.

easy calzones

What exactly are calzones?

Calzones originated in Naples, Italy in the 18th century. The Italian word calzone translates to trouser, which was thought to describe the shape of the pizza once folded and stuffed. Fresh dough is shaped into a pocket which then filled with the stuffings of your choice. The sky’s the limit when deciding what type of fillings to use. Let your imagination run wild and never get bored with the endless options.

Looking for another easy weeknight dinner idea. Check out my recipe for Crock Pot lemon caper butter chicken.

calzone fillings

Here are some filling options. . .

  • Cheese
  • Margherita
  • Pepperoni
  • Ham and cheese
  • Chicken bacon ranch
  • Ham and pineapple
  • Spinach and ricotta
chicken bacon ranch calzone

Calzone ingredients

calzone ingredients
  • 1 (13.8oz) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (5oz) package of mini pepperoni
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½ tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Quick calzone hack

Use refrigerated pizza crust. I like this one.

stacked and sliced calzones

How to make easy calzones?

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.Roll out dough and cut into 6 equal pieces.Layer in marinara sauce, cheese, and pepperoni (or the filling of your choice).Fold over dough and press edges together with a fork.Place calzones on a greased baking sheet.Brush melted butter over the top of the calzones.Sprinkle Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping.

easy calzones

Easy Calzones

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Personal size pockets of pizza goodness packaged up in a kid friendly way are a sure crowd pleaser. Calzones make for a quick easy weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 (13.8 ounce) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (5oz) package of mini pepperoni
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½ tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Roll out dough and cut into 6 equal pieces.
  3. Layer in marinara sauce, cheese, and pepperoni (or the filling of your choice).
  4. Fold over dough and press edges together with a fork.
  5. Place calzones on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Brush melted butter over the top of the calzones.
  7. Sprinkle Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 326Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 732mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g

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easy calzones

By on July 16th, 2019

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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