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Easy Calzone Recipe

Easy Calzones make for a fun lunch or dinner. A calzone is like a stuffed pizza pocket, filled with all the classic toppings – meat, cheese, and your choice of sauce wrapped in Pizza Dough.

Prep a handful of these to have on hand throughout the week. They reheat really well and are perfect for packing work or school lunch.

Calzones with sauce on the side

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Hi there! My name is Natalya and I run the blog Momsdish. If you already follow me, you know I can’t get enough of easy meals that require simple ingredients. This recipe is no different. Trust me, you’re going to love this homemade calzone recipe.

What is a Calzone?

Calzones are Italian turnovers that are stuffed with an array of ingredients. Pretty much anything that goes on a pizza can go into a calzone.

The fillings are placed on one half of the circular shaped pizza dough. The dough is then folded over, pinched and sealed, coated with an egg wash or olive oil, and baked in the oven until golden brown.

A Calzone cut open with sauce for dipping

What is the Difference Between Calzones and Stromboli?

If you love calzones, you have probably tried its close cousin, stromboli. Stromboli vs Calzone – what sets them apart? Although both have similar ingredients, the way they are sealed is different. Calzones are pinched and sealed like empanadas and are handheld, while a stromboli is rolled up and sliced.

Calzone Dough

If you’re in a pinch, grab any store-bought pizza dough to make your calzone. If you want to elevate your home cooking game, make your own pizza dough.

As you’re rolling your dough out, pay special attention to the thickness. You want to make sure that the dough is thick enough to hold all the toppings and be folded over without breaking. ¼-inch thickness is the sweet spot.

Pizza dough cut into 8 pieces and rolled up into a ball

Calzone Filling

Here are some different variations for you. Mix-and-match your ingredients to make the perfect calzone for your tastebuds:

  • Cheese – Mozzarella, parmesan, sharp cheddar, feta and goat cheese.
  • Meats – Salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, ham, bacon, chicken, Italian sausage, steak strips or meatballs.
  • Veggies – Mushrooms, bell peppers, pepperoncini, marinated artichokes, spinach and red onions.
  • Sauce – Use a red pizza sauce or white sauce.
  • Dip – Each your calzone plain or dip your calzone in a little homemade marinara or ranch.

Ingredients for the calzone

How to Make Calzones

Calzones at home are super easy. The best part about calzones is everyone can customize their own. Gather a ton of ingredients, lay them out and let your friends and family go at it! Follow these simple instructions to nail it every time:

  1. Divide pre-made pizza dough into equal portions and roll into a circle.
  2. On one half of the dough, spread all of your selected ingredients.
  3. Fold over and tightly crimp the edges.
  4. Cut air vents, brush with oil and sprinkle on parmesan. Bake at 475F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Step by step of making Calzone

For Larger or Smaller Calzones: Baking time may need to be adjusted based on the size of your Calzone.

Calzone on a baking sheet ready for baking

Storing Calzones

To Freeze: Once you have prepared your calzones, you can freeze them while they are raw or cooked. Either way, place them on a baking sheet and allow them to completely freeze in a single layer. Then, store them in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag.

To Reheat: Thaw frozen calzones in the refrigerator for 3 hours, or add more cooking time if heating from frozen. Bake raw calzones according to recipe instructions. Bake cooked calzones for half the time or until they are heated through.

A few calzones, one cut open next to marinara sauce

Other Quick Lunch Recipes

Easy Calzone Recipe

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Baked Calzones served with marinara sauce

Easy calzones make for a fun lunch or dinner. These stuffed pizza pockets are filled with all the classic toppings - meat, cheese and your choice of sauce.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$10
Keyword: calzone recipe, calzones
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Main Course
Calories: 578
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lb pizza dough
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup salami
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 °F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with oil.

  2. Divide the dough into 8 equally sized pieces. Roll each piece into a 1/4" thick circle.

  3. Place the filling on half of each circle (pizza sauce, ricotta, pepperoni, salami and shredded mozzarella). Make sure to leave the edges clean to allow for sealing the calzone. Fold the side over the filling and crimp the edges.

  4. Place calzones on a baking sheet, leaving space apart. Cut a small vent on the top of each calzone. Brush the tops with oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Calzone Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 578 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 1690mg73%
Potassium 227mg6%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 508IU10%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 286mg29%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Reba
    August 1, 2021

    Hi i made your pizza dough to use for pizza rolls and it came out yummy. dough was nice ans soft with little crust.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 2, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • fat tiger ready-to-eat momos
    June 28, 2021

    so cheesy

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 28, 2021

      We love a good, cheesy Calzone! I hope you loved this recipe!

      Reply

  • Lisa
    June 16, 2021

    I made these last night for dinner and they turned out fantastic. I brushed the tops with butter to keep them soft.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 16, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Lisa!

      Reply

  • Asantha Bandara
    June 7, 2021

    Natasha is Natalya your sister

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    • Natasha
      June 8, 2021

      No, but we are friends.

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      • Asantha Bandara
        June 8, 2021

        Oh I said that because she is also Ukrainian. Thanks for the info

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  • Fish
    May 26, 2021

    Wonderful recipe especially with your pizza sauce. Unfortunately I did not look to see my parchment paper is rated at 425. It burned up pretty bad. It did ruin one of the calzones. I will stick with the sheet only next time lol. Also I could not find parchment paper in the store rated past 450. So maybe remove it and just suggest we use a pan at such a high heat.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 26, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Dorothy
    April 19, 2021

    I made these for the first time tonight and they were delicious! They came out golden brown on top but the bottom of the calzones had some moisture and were a little doughy. How can I fix this for next time?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 19, 2021

      Hi Dorothy, it is best to bake right away, so the dough doesn’t get soggy from absorbing the filling & sauce, that is likely the culprit, but it’s hard to say without being there.

      Reply

  • CynthiA N
    April 18, 2021

    Maybe make a video of this recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 18, 2021

      Thanks for suggesting that, Cynthia.

      Reply

  • Alice Marques
    April 18, 2021

    Hello Natasha,I very much enjoy your recipes but I find it very annoying that the measurements given are all in imperial tables. I would have thought that if you have a channel seen globally you would take the time to convert them into metric. Thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 18, 2021

      Hi Alice, you can convert the ingredients. Just click on Jump to recipe and click Metrics to convert it.

      Reply

  • Traci
    April 18, 2021

    I’ve had dozens of calzones in my life, but none of them had ricotta cheese. Is that necessary for this recipe?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 18, 2021

      Hi Traci, we love this recipe with cheese. I haven’t tried making another version of it but feel free to to an experiment and share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Ericka S DeForest
    April 18, 2021

    Can this dough be used to do fruit filled puff pastry?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 18, 2021

      Hi Ericka, I honestly haven’t tried that yet to advise but I think it’s worth experimenting with. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes!

      Reply

  • Madison Brady
    January 22, 2021

    Just made calzones for lunch using these steps and your pizza dough instructions…. So delicious!!! I have always thought making dough would be so daunting. This was simple, fun and oh so delicious. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2021

      You’re welcome! That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

      • Rhonda Whaley
        February 1, 2021

        If you use bell pepper, onion, mushrooms do they need to be precooked before using in a Calzone?

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        • Natasha
          February 1, 2021

          Hi Rhonda, I would pre-cook the veggie toppings if put inside of a calzone.

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        • Valerie
          April 19, 2021

          I put raw diced green peppers and mushrooms in mine and they come out perfect!

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          • Natashas Kitchen
            April 19, 2021

            Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Valerie!

  • Heather
    January 16, 2021

    We loved them! So good! And my picky eater asked for seconds! Thank you!

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  • Tbd
    January 13, 2021

    Awful recipe. Not “easy” at all.
    The dough doesn’t stay it’s form. The details for the recipe aren’t very detailed on how to get the dough to stay in its circle- or how to cut it- also the time for it is way too long, I set the fire alarms off because I followed directions and it was too long and burnt them.

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    • Natasha
      January 13, 2021

      Did you possibly use an air fryer or convection baking? Those two methods would need adjustments. Also, some ovens run hot, so it may be that you need to remove it sooner.

      Reply

  • Michelle
    December 19, 2020

    How far in advance can I make them before cooking them the same day.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 19, 2020

      Hi Michelle, it is best to bake right away, so the dough doesn’t get soggy from absorbing the filling & sauce.

      Reply

      • Lisa
        April 28, 2021

        If you bake them on a pizza pan with air holes on the bottom of the pan the crust will not turn soggy no matter how far in advance you make them- mine are always crispy on the bottom-this recipe is great!

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  • Debbie
    November 29, 2020

    Can I make these calzones in a air fryer as well

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 29, 2020

      Hi Debbie, I haven’t tested that but I did read online that calzones can be baked in an air fryer at 325˚F for 12 minutes, turning after 8 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn. Let me know how it goes if you test that out.

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  • Karen Jarrah
    November 22, 2020

    these are amazing you must try them

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 23, 2020

      Thank you for your great comments and recommendation, Karen.

      Reply

  • Monika Yehle
    October 28, 2020

    My hubby, who is majorly fussy, loves all your recipes; esp this one. Always wants seconds !

    And he’s not a ‘seconds’ kinda guy. You’ve spoiled him. Now you must adopt him (and can you adopt me as well??).

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 29, 2020

      Haha, thanks to you and your husband for trusting my recipes! I’m happy to know that he enjoyed it. I hope you will both love every recipe that you will try.

      Reply

    • Roni
      July 10, 2021

      Love. ❤️🥰

      Reply

  • Jenny P
    October 26, 2020

    I actually cried while trying this recipe. My dough kept shrinking back into a tiny little circle (store bought). Any tips? However, when they were done baking, my kids told me it didn’t matter HOW LONG it took me to make these, I MUST make them again. The flavor and everything else was wonderful. Any helpful tips on rolling out the pesky dough? Thanks for all the good yummies!! 🙂

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    • Natasha
      October 26, 2020

      Hi Jenny, make sure to give the dough adequate amounts of time to rise including the cold fermentation in the fridge. Also, the dough will be much easier to work with if you let it rest at room temperature before using it.

      Reply

  • Susan Halverson
    October 25, 2020

    Making calzones this weekend. I just made your pizza dough. Your calzone recipe calls for 2# of pizza dough. Does your pizza dough recipe make 2#? I don’t know if I need to use both of the dough balls or just one. And I’m loving your recipes! I have another printed stack ready to try! Thank you!

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    • Natasha
      October 26, 2020

      Hi Susan, you would use the full batch of pizza dough (which makes about 2 lbs of dough) to make the calzones. I’m so glad you are loving our recipes. Thank you for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Chrsi
    October 14, 2020

    Delicious, easy – loved them!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 14, 2020

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you for sharing your review with me!

      Reply

  • Maryam
    September 23, 2020

    That really looks tasty wil try soon ….thanks for sharing

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 23, 2020

      I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • charity
    September 21, 2020

    hi Natasha,
    thank you so much for this recipe. i made it friday night and my kids and husband couldn’t have enough of it. i had to make it again on Saturday and doubled the recipe and it was still not enough. my son who is a picky eater so loved it that i earned the “best mom in the WWW” title LOL.
    i also made the Instant Pot whole chicken recipe and it was so so so good.
    Then i made the creamy mac and Cheese recipe and it was also a hit.

    lastly, i made the Apple Pie Turnover. This one was to die for. thank you for all the delicious recipes. i will be making more.

    P/S. i had to buy an airfryer and an Instant pot last weekend as well LOL

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 21, 2020

      Wow, that is so awesome! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, it makes me feel inspired to create more videos and recipes for you all.

      Reply

  • Vannita
    September 20, 2020

    Hi Natasha,

    Could you make a video for the calzone recipe please?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 21, 2020

      Hi Vannita, there’s no video for this but thanks for your suggestion!

      Reply

  • Sylvia r Galasso
    September 19, 2020

    Natasha Do you have a cookbook I can purchase. You are a very good cook or should I say Chef. Thank you Sylvia

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 20, 2020

      Hello Sylvia, I am currently working on a cookbook. Sorry as it’s taking a while but I’ll definitely share it with you all when it’s ready!

      Reply

      • Andrea
        March 7, 2021

        Yay! Looking forward to it. My family thinks I’m the best cook in the world because of you. Thank you!

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          March 7, 2021

          Great to hear that, Andrea. You are very welcome and I hope you and your family will love every recipe that you will try!

          Reply

  • lilia
    September 19, 2020

    hi..i love your recipe and make it today for my kids..calzone recipe is so easy to make..thank you very much for sharing..you are a great inspiration..lovelove

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 19, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Patricia A. Garcia
    September 19, 2020

    I see nothing in the instructions, as to what the filling consists of? Is it assumed that you just mix everything but the dough together, and it is the stuffing?

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    • Natasha
      September 20, 2020

      Hi Patricia, we used the filling ingredients listed in the recipe card (pizza sauce, ricotta cheese, salami and pepperoni along with shredded mozzarella but you can change up the filling based on your preferences). I hope you love the calzone recipe!

      Reply

  • Robert
    September 19, 2020

    Your recipe calls for ricotta cheese but no mention about adding to Calzone in your instructions

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    • Natasha
      September 20, 2020

      Hi Robert, I notated the print-friendly recipe at the bottom. It is also photographed for visual reference. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Anna
    September 15, 2020

    My kids loved these! We had them for lunch today and they were gone in no time!

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    • Natasha
      September 15, 2020

      Hi Anna, I am so happy to hear your kids loved the calzones! Thanks for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Barbara C. Hardison
    September 15, 2020

    How do you suggest cooking the calzones in the air fryer?

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    • Natasha
      September 15, 2020

      Hi Barbara, I haven’t tested that but I did read online that calzones can be baked in an air fryer at 325˚F for 12 minutes, turning after 8 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn. Let me know how it goes if you test that out.

      Reply

  • Melissa
    September 15, 2020

    One of our favorite take out items. We used your recipe it was delicious!

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    • Natasha
      September 15, 2020

      I love being able to recreate favorites at home. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Katie
    September 15, 2020

    Looks so good! Can’t wait to try this one.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 15, 2020

      It is so good, I hope you like it!

      Reply

  • Julie
    September 15, 2020

    Finally, a calzone recipe ! Thank you Nathasha ! How about baking them on a pizza stone in the oven ? This is how I bake pizza with your dough recipe, would that work ? If yes, what temperature ?

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    • Natasha
      September 15, 2020

      Hi Julie, that should work on a pizza stone. I would bake at the same temp as this recipe states, but you could preheat the pizza stone in the oven and bake on the hot pizza stone. Keep an eye on it as it might finish up faster on a hot stone.

      Reply

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