Stuffed Calzone Recipe

This calzone recipe is really just pizza dough folded over and stuffed with a variety of tasty ingredients.

Originating in Naples, this word literally translates as "trouser leg" - named as such because it resembles the puffy pant legs that Neopolitan men used to wear a very long time ago.

Outerwear never tasted so good!

Think of it as a pizza sandwich - a variation your family is sure to love.

This recipe serves 4, but you might want a double batch, just in case.

My Fave Calzone Recipe



  • 1 recipe Pizza Dough, risen once (or 1 store-bought pizza dough)
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 5 medium plum tomatoes, diced
  • 6-8 leaves fresh basil, torn into pieces
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed)
  • 4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and black pepper
  • olive oil


Preheat the oven to 475ºF. Punch the dough down and kneed it lightly. Divide it into 4 balls.

Using a rolling pin dusted with flour, roll each abll into a flat circle about 1/4 inch thick.

In a medium bowl, combine all of the filling ingredients and mix. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon the filling onto one half of each of the circles (leaving a 1 inch border along the edge).

Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges together with your fingers to form a seal.

Put the calzoni on a sprayed or oiled baking sheet or pan. Brush the top with olive oil and season (if you like) with a dusting of garlic powder. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the calzoni are puffy. Enjoy!

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