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 197 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
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.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 servings
  • 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

  • Preheat the oven to 475 °F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with oil.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equally sized pieces. Roll each piece into a 1/4" thick circle.
  • 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.
  • 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 Per Serving

578kcal Calories58g Carbs26g Protein28g Fat12g Saturated Fat62mg Cholesterol1690mg Sodium227mg Potassium2g Fiber9g Sugar508IU Vitamin A2mg Vitamin C286mg Calcium4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Calzone Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
578
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
28
g
43
%
Saturated Fat
 
12
g
75
%
Cholesterol
 
62
mg
21
%
Sodium
 
1690
mg
73
%
Potassium
 
227
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
58
g
19
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
26
g
52
%
Vitamin A
 
508
IU
10
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
286
mg
29
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: calzone recipe, calzones
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 578
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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish 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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  • Peter Bealer
    June 8, 2024

    I am making this tonight for my family. I am using ham and spinach instead of pepperoni and salami. Hopefully they turn out delicious.crossing fingers. Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2024

      I hope everyone loves it, Peter!

      Reply

  • Pingus
    May 27, 2024

    I’m confused, is this Natasha or Natalya? Where am I? I just LOVE pizza.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2024

      Hi Pingus, Natalya is a guest food blogger sharing her recipe with us on my blog.

      Reply

      • Pingus
        May 31, 2024

        I understand! The calzone was absolutely delicious. Thank you, Natasha!

        Reply

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