This homemade calzone recipe is easy to make using this simple recipe filled with spicy Italian sausage, pepperoni, a delicious three cheese blend, and homemade pizza sauce.
I don’t know about you, but the only thing I love more than pizza is a big calzone filled to capacity with all of my favorite fillings. Calzones are the ultimate in Italian comfort food if you ask me. More than lasagna or spaghetti, when I want something that fills me up and leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside, I go for a calzone. These calzones are the best I’ve ever had because they’re fully homemade. From the dough to the sauce, it’s all made from scratch right in the kitchen, so it’s the freshest, tastiest calzone ever!
Homemade Calzone Recipe
There’s nothing better than this delicious calzone recipe for a dish that’s full of Italian flavor. A flaky, homemade crust surrounds a filling of Italian sausage, onions, pepperoni, three kinds of cheese, Italian seasoning, and more tasty ingredients, then they’re served with a tasty marinara sauce. When you put them all together, you get a recipe for hand-held deliciousness that you just cannot beat. It’s just like holding a tiny pizza in your hand and then devouring it.
One of the best parts about these homemade calzones is that you can play with it to make it exactly the way you want it. After making the crust, the rest is up to you. Go super rustic or make it semi-homemade. Use your favorite toppings. You can tweak it to your heart’s content.
Favorite Pizza Toppings
Just like a pizza, this calzone is totally open to your interpretation. Use any of your favorite pizza toppings from sausage and pepperoni to salami, ham, and pineapple, olives, anchovies, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, and more. If you’d put it on a pizza, you can put it in this calzone.
Make this recipe vegetarian by filling it with your favorite pizza veggie options. The marinara sauce pairs perfectly with any vegetable that you’d normally put on your vegetarian pizza.
Semi-Homemade Calzone Recipe
If you don’t want to go the homemade route, make this recipe semi-homemade. Use premade pizza dough and pizza sauce to cut down on time. Then make the rest of the recipe per the directions.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about this homemade calzone recipe, then I have answers. The following FAQ answers all the most frequently asked questions regarding calzones, so it’s worth a read before diving into the recipe.
What is a calzone?
A calzone is simply a folded pizza. Its essentially an Italian version of a savory turnover.
What’s the Difference Between Calzones and Stromboli?
There are three major differences between the two. Calzones are simply a round crust folded in half and stuffed with toppings and sauce. On the other hand, Stromboli is rolled into a spiral with a bit of extra dough folded over the top to seal it. Another major difference is that, while both the calzone and Stromboli are dippable, Stromboli will often have sauce baked inside it while calzones never will. Finally, calzones almost always have ricotta cheese in them, and Stromboli doesn’t.
Do Calzones have Sauce Inside?
No. Calzones are dipped in sauce. The sauce is never baked in.
Do Calzones Always Have Ricotta Cheese in Them?
Traditional calzones almost always have ricotta cheese in them.
Is a Calzone Just a Folded Pizza?
What to serve with calzones?
These are hefty, hearty hand-held pizzas, so the best things to serve are light options like a side salad or roasted vegetables.
Can you freeze calzones?
Yes. Let the leftover calzones chill in the refrigerator, then wrap them tightly in clingwrap and store them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bags.
Homemade Calzone Recipe Ingredients
This recipe is fully homemade, so there are several ingredients. The great thing is that they’re all simple and easily found at your local grocery store.
For the Dough
- All purpose flour
- Instant dry yeast
- Warm water
- Olive oil
For the Filling
- Onion, diced
- Hot Italian sausage
- Red pepper flakes
- Ricotta cheese
- Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Fresh parsley, chopped
- Garlic salt
- Black pepper
- Large eggs, with one egg beaten
- Pepperoni slices
For the Marinara Sauce
- Tomato sauce
- Tomato paste
- Crushed tomatoes
- Onion powder
- Garlic salt
- Black pepper
How to Make This Homemade Calzone Recipe
As a fully homemade recipe, you’ll be making the dough, filling, and sauce. Don’t let that deter you, though. All three parts of the recipe are very simple to make. Requiring only basic steps that anyone can do.
Step 1: Make the Homemade Pizza Dough
In a large bowl, whisk flour, yeast, salt, and sugar together. Add warm water and oil. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer with the dough hook, mix on low until ingredients are well incorporated. Increase speed to medium and continue mixing until dough forms into a ball (about 8-10 minutes).
Place dough ball into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Let rise for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size. Next, transfer to a well-floured surface and divide the dough into 9 even pieces. Place dough pieces on a large baking sheet or parchment paper and set them aside.
Step 2: Make the Filling
In a large frying pan or skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add sausage, onions, and seasonings to the pan and cook until sausage is completely cooked through and no longer pink and onions are translucent. Drain and set aside to cool. In another bowl, add the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and parsley. Stir to combine then add eggs. Mix well. When the sausage has cooled, add the cheese mixture, stir to combine. Set aside.
Step 3: Make the Marinara Sauce
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add tomato sauce, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and seasonings. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer over low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes.
Step 4: Assemble the Calzones
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet(s) with parchment paper. Set aside. Then, roll each dough ball into 6-inch circles. Add a heaping tablespoon or two of the sausage and cheese mixture to the center of the dough. Fold the dough in half and press and pinch the edges together to form a seal. Brush the tops of each calzone with beaten egg and place them on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 – 13 minute or until golden brown and serve with the marinara sauce.
Try This Delicious Homemade Calzone Recipe Today
This homemade calzone recipe is completely from scratch, but it’s so easy to make. It’s also absolutely delicious. It’s the perfect combination for a fun family meal or addition to your next party or potluck. Give it a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
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For the Dough
For the Filling
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 pound hot Italian sausage
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon basil
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 15 ounce Ricotta cheese
- 1½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 large eggs, with one egg beaten
- pepperoni slices
For the Dough
- In a large bowl, whisk flour, yeast, salt and sugar together.
- Add warm water and oil. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer with the dough hook, mix on low until ingredients are well incorporated.
- Increase speed to medium and continue mixing until dough forms into a ball (about 8-10 minutes).
- Place dough ball into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel.
- Let rise for about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.
- Next, transfer to a well-floured surface and divide dough into 9 even pieces.
- Place dough pieces on baking sheet or parchment paper and set aside.
For the Filling
- In a large frying pan or skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add sausage, onions and seasonings to pan and cook until sausage is completely cooked through and no longer pink and onions are translucent. Drain and set aside to cool.
- In another bowl, add the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and parsley. Stir to combine then add eggs. Mix well.
- When the sausage has cooled, add the cheese mixture, stir to combine. Set aside.
For the Marinara
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add tomato sauce, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and seasonings. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer over low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes.
Assembling the Calzones
- Roll each dough ball into 6 inch circles.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet(s) with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Add a heaping tablespoon, or two, of sausage and cheese mixture in the center of the dough.
- Fold the dough in half over itself and press and pinch the edges together to seal.
- Brush the tops of the calzones with the beaten egg and place on a prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve with a side of marinara sauce.
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