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— Chef's Note —

"Pizza is old news, Chris. Pizza is your grandfather’s calzone." - Ben Wyatt

These calzones will never betray you. They are delicate little dough pockets filled with tomato sauce, cheese, and seasoned meat. (Real Italian calzones don't have marinara sauce inside, but Ben insists that the sauce makes them better.)

Be sure to use healthy, low-fat ingredients to get in the low-cal calzone zone.

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How to Make Calzones

— Ingredients —

<a href="pizza-dough.html">Pizza Dough</a>
Pizza Dough
(or 8 frozen dinner rolls)
1 tbsp oil
1/2 onion
Italian sausage
1/2 lb. Italian sausage
Italian seasoning
3 tsp Italian seasoning
red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
marinara sauce
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup ricotta
1 1/2 cups mozzarella
1/2 cup mushrooms
2 tbsp basil
1 egg
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp Parmesan

— Instructions —

  1. If using frozen rolls, place on a baking sheet and cover with a tea towel. Allow to thaw and rise (about 2-3 hours). Otherwise, make homemade pizza dough as usual.
  2. Slice onion, mushrooms, and basil if using fresh leaves. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until softened (about 2 minutes).
  4. Mix in sausage and cook until brown. Drain excess oil.
  5. Stir in Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and marinara sauce. Remove from heat.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella, sliced mushrooms, and 1 tablespon of the basil. Cover and chill.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).
  8. Roll out dough into thin circles.
  9. Divide the prepared sausage filling onto one half of each of the dough circles. Top with cheese filling.
  10. Fold the empty half of the dough over the filling, pinching the edges closed.
  11. Transfer each calzone to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  12. To make egg wash, beat egg with water.
  13. Brush each calzone with the egg wash. Sprinkle with parmesan and remaining basil.
  14. Bake until golden brown (about 12-14 minutes).

— See Also —

New York Ninja Pizza