This homemade Stromboli recipe is packed with layers of Italian meats, gooey cheese, and aromatic herbs. It’s similar to a Pizza or Calzone but is rolled up, sliced into pinwheels, and dipped into warm Marinara Sauce. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is to make Stromboli at home.

Stromboli sliced into pinwheels on a plate with marinara dipping sauce in a ramekin

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Stromboli Recipe

We love Italian-American recipes from Pizza Chicken to Stuffed Shells. If you like Italian flavors, making this Stromboli should be on your to-do list this week!

Stromboli makes a great casual weeknight dinner or a tasty appetizer for parties and potlucks. Whether you’re hosting a game night, a movie marathon, or simply craving a cozy meal at home, Stromboli is sure to be a winner for everyone and will disappear fast… you might want to go ahead and make two!

Stromboli Recipe Video

While Stromboli is often on the menu at fine Italian pizzerias, you’ll be shocked at how simple it is to make this restaurant favorite at home – just layer the fillings onto the dough and roll it up. Get the whole family involved in the assembly process for some cooking fun.

What is the Difference Between Stromboli and Calzones?

What is Stromboli? This Italian-American recipe is essentially a pizza dough with pizza toppings, but instead of baking it flat, it is rolled up like a cinnamon roll and baked. After it comes out of the oven, it is sliced into pieces showcasing the Italian meats and melted cheeses swirled into each piece.

A Calzone has similar ingredients, but instead of rolling the pizza, it’s folded, and the edges are pinched and sealed forming a half-circle pizza pocket.

Stromboli sliced into pinwheels showing ham, pepperoni, salami, and cheese

Why This Stromboli Recipe Works

  • Versatile – Stromboli offers endless possibilities for customization.
  • Family-Friendly – This recipe is definitely a crowd-pleaser, whether it’s served for dinner or a gameday snack. Bonus: You can easily double the recipe!
  • Quick and Easy – You can whip up a satisfying meal in no time and leftovers can be reheated or packed into a school lunchbox for the next day.

Ingredients

We use our Quick and Easy Pizza Dough recipe (which is just one rise), but you can also use your favorite store-bought pizza dough.

  • Pizza dough – 1 lb pizza dough to wrap all of your favorite ingredients. Be sure to let the dough rise and proof per the recipe, or per the package instructions (if using store-bought dough).
  • Olive oil – to coat the inside of the dough
  • Garlic – we use fresh garlic inside the stromboli and garlic powder to sprinkle on top before baking
  • Parsley – adds a burst of fresh color and flavor
  • Cheeses – shredded mozzarella and parmesan provide gooey, melty goodness that binds everything together
  • Meats – deli ham, salami, and pepperoni infuse your Stromboli with layers of rich, meaty flavor
  • Egg – egg wash creates a golden finish to your Stromboli
  • Salt – kosher or flaky salt to sprinkle on top for a final touch of seasoning
Ingredients for Stromboli with Pizza dough, pepperoni, ham, salami, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, salt, garlic powder, and olive oil

Variations

This Stromboli recipe has the classic flavors, but you can customize the fillings and dipping sauces.

  • Veggies – onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, basil, pepperoncini
  • Cheese – Provolone, parmesan, cheddar (note: avoid overly moist cheeses)
  • Meats – Prosciutto, salami, soppressata, capicola, roast beef, ground beef
  • Dipping Sauce – Dip into Marinara, Pizza sauce, or Alfredo Sauce

More flavor combinations:

  • Broccoli and Cheese: broccoli, ham, and Swiss or cheddar cheese
  • BBQ: shredded chicken, barbecue sauce, and caramelized onion
  • Meat Lovers: Ground beef, sliced sausage, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese
  • Philly Cheesesteak: shaved cooked steak, sauteed mushrooms and bell peppers, and provolone cheese.
  • Greek: sautéed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.

How to Make Stromboli

  • Prepare the Dough – Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll the proofed pizza dough into a 10×14-inch rectangle with the long end facing you.
  • Layer the Ingredients – In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, and parsley. Brush the mixture onto the dough, leaving a 1-inch border around three edges and a 2-inch border on the long side furthest away from you. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp of parmesan and half of the mozzarella cheese, staying in the borders. Arrange layers of pepperoni, salami, and ham, and then sprinkle on the remaining mozzarella.
  • Roll and Seal – Starting from the long side closest to you, roll the dough tightly into a log ensuring the toppings don’t shift. Pinch the dough on the sides together to seal, then tuck the edges underneath.
  • Proof Dough and Preheat Oven – Transfer the roll, seam-side down to your prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature while your oven preheats to 400˚F.
  • Egg Wash and Season – Beat the egg with one tablespoon of water and brush it all over the Stromboli. Make 4 deep diagonal slits on top. Sprinkle with flaky salt, garlic powder, and the remaining 1 Tbsp of parmesan cheese.
  • Bake – Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through and golden brown. Timing depends on the size and starting temperature of your Stromboli.
  • Slice and Serve – Let the Stromboli cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Cut into 1-inch slices. Serve with additional marinara sauce for dipping.

Pro Tip:

To help prevent the filling from bursting or leaking out during baking, avoid overstuffing the stromboli (it will also be easier to roll up). Also, pinching the edges together will help secure the seams and keep them from coming apart in the oven.

What to Serve With Stromboli

Stromboli is best when served warm from the oven, but can also be served at room temperature for a party. Be sure to serve with warm Marinara Sauce for dipping. Check out the list below for some great complementary side dishes:

Make-Ahead

  • Prepare Ahead – Before proofing at step 4, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 14 hours. Bring it to room temperature for 30 minutes while preheating your oven. Proceed with the egg wash and bake the recipe as instructed, adding a few extra minutes since you’re starting with colder dough.
  • To Freeze – Complete step 3 of the recipe then cover tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight then proceed with step 4, allowing for a few extra minutes of baking.
Stromboli sliced into pinwheels showing ham, pepperoni, salami, and melted mozzarella cheese pulls

I hope you will try this irresistible Stromboli recipe, it’s sure to become a family favorite. Who can resist the tempting combination of savory meats, gooey cheeses, and fresh herbs rolled into golden perfection?

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Stromboli Recipe (VIDEO)

5 from 10 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Stromboli sliced into pinwheels showing ham, pepperoni, salami, and cheese
This Stromboli recipe is packed with Italian meats, cheeses, and herbs. It's similar to a calzone but is rolled and sliced into irresistible pinwheels.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Proofing Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 9 slices
  • 1 lb homemade pizza dough, or store-bought*
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced, or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced, plus more to garnish
  • 3 Tbsp finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 lb sliced pepperoni, roughly 28 pieces
  • 1/3 lb sliced deli ham, about 4 slices
  • 1/3 lb sliced salami, 8 large slices
  • 1 egg plus 1 Tbsp water, for egg wash
  • Kosher or flaky salt, for sprinkling
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Marinara sauce, optional, for dipping

Instructions

  • Roll the Dough – Line a 13×18-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 10×14 inches with a long end facing you.
  • Add Toppings – In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, and parsley. Brush the mixture onto the dough, leaving a 1-inch border around three edges and a 2-inch border on the long side furthest away from you (this will help seal the dough later). Sprinkle 2 Tbsp of parmesan and half of the mozzarella cheese, making sure to stay inside the borders you’ve created. Add layers of pepperoni, salami, and ham, and then sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the meat.
  • Roll and Seal – Starting from the long side closest to you, roll the dough tightly into a log ensuring the toppings don’t slide. Pinch the dough on the sides together to seal, then tuck the edges underneath.
  • Proof and Preheat – Transfer the roll, seam-side down to your prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for 30 minutes at room temperature while you preheat the oven to 400˚F.
  • Egg Wash & Season – Beat the egg with one tablespoon of water and brush it all over the Stromboli. Make 4 deep diagonal slits on top to allow steam to escape. Sprinkle with flaky salt, garlic powder, and the remaining 1 Tbsp of parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through and golden brown. *Timing will depend on the size and starting temperature of your Stromboli.
  • Rest – Let the Stromboli cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Cut into 1-inch slices. Serve with additional marinara sauce for dipping.

Notes

*Before rolling out the dough, be sure to let the dough rise/proof per the recipe or per the package instructions (if using storebought dough)
*Use any variety or combination of meats, just be sure the total weight is roughly 1 lb. of meat combined.

Nutrition Per Serving

1slice Serving425kcal Calories26g Carbs22g Protein26g Fat10g Saturated Fat3g Polyunsaturated Fat11g Monounsaturated Fat0.3g Trans Fat76mg Cholesterol1401mg Sodium195mg Potassium1g Fiber3g Sugar199IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C222mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Stromboli Recipe (VIDEO)
Serving Size
 
1 slice
Amount per Serving
Calories
425
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
26
g
40
%
Saturated Fat
 
10
g
63
%
Trans Fat
 
0.3
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
11
g
Cholesterol
 
76
mg
25
%
Sodium
 
1401
mg
61
%
Potassium
 
195
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
26
g
9
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
22
g
44
%
Vitamin A
 
199
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
222
mg
22
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Skill Level: Easy
Calories: 425

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Natasha
    May 1, 2024

    Is there a way to make this in advance or freeze it ? Would love to make 2 and use it as a freezer meal/app.

    Would that be possible and how would the cooking instructions change?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2024

      Hi yes, this recipe can be made ahead. I have some instructions provided in the recipe if you go to the “Make-Ahead” section.

      Reply

  • Cindy
    April 28, 2024

    love LOVE will make again just 2 of us how would i store in refg and how long

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 28, 2024

      Hi Cindy- this is really best severed fresh from the oven. See my make-ahead notes above for recommend ways to make it ahead.
      If you are storing leftovers in the refrigerator then I would follow the USDA’s guideline for pizza which is about 3-4days.

      Reply

  • Cheryl W.
    April 27, 2024

    This turns out to be so delicious! My boys loved it. I made two versions, one according to the recipe and one with sautéed veggies that everybody liked. It’s probably my oven, but I had to cook it 10 minutes longer than the directions. It’s a new family favorite.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 27, 2024

      That’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Cheryl!

      Reply

  • Sofia Reali
    April 25, 2024

    They look so delicious. I would love to have your pizza recipe. So I could make them for my David truly enjoy them.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 25, 2024

      Hi Sofia! Yes, you can find the pizza dough recipe by clicking on “homemade pizza dough” in red font above (in the recipe card).

      Reply

  • Rachel
    April 24, 2024

    Absolutely delicious! My husband loves the stromboli at our local Italian restaurant and he really loved this! He was even suggesting fillings for it “for the next time” haha. I guess I’ll be making this more often. No complaints from me about that!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 24, 2024

      That’s so great, Rachel! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! This recipe truly is versatile when it comes the filling.

      Reply

  • Adrienne Wright
    April 23, 2024

    Looks like another winner! Sharks on your shoulder, lol, he looks hungry too!

    Reply

  • Jan
    April 21, 2024

    It’s tonight’s dinner which was very easy and fun to do. Thanks Natasha!

    Reply

  • Daria
    April 21, 2024

    Hi Natasha, I was wondering if you have Poltava’s Halushki Dumplings recipe….seen it on someone’s YouTube channel & cant stop thinking about it….lol.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 21, 2024

      Hi Daria! I do not have a recipe for that, sorry.

      Reply

  • Judy
    April 20, 2024

    I LOVE your recipes and your videos are wonderful!! Thank you very much for sharing them!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 20, 2024

      Thank you for that lovely compliment, Judy. I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes and videos.

      Reply

  • Les
    April 20, 2024

    Love your new cook mode!
    Going to try the stromboli recipe today, don’t have salami so will use pork sausage instead. Looking forward to it!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 20, 2024

      I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Kristen
    April 20, 2024

    Tried this recipe for our weekly pizza night and it was a HUGE hit. Easy to make too.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 20, 2024

      That’s wonderful to hear, Kristen!

      Reply

  • Lorraine W
    April 20, 2024

    I can’t believe how easy this was to make! This is my hubby’s favorite so I wanted to surprise him and he loved it, thank you!

    Reply

  • Tom
    April 20, 2024

    I make this a lot and I also add my famous ricotta blend as well in the stuffing, what a great difference this makes.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 20, 2024

      Sounds delish!

      Reply

  • Oliya
    April 19, 2024

    I opened your website and saw new recipes
    Decided to make it right away
    It’s soooo delicious!!!!
    Thank you for the recipe!!!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 19, 2024

      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you found this one and loved it.

      Reply

  • Jo
    April 19, 2024

    It’s like a pizza roll-up, perfect for dipping in marinara sauce. Easy, delicious, the whole family loved it!

    Reply

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