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Homemade Calzone

Homemade Calzones are made with a handmade dough, filled with melty mozzarella cheese, spicy Italian sausage, pepperoni, and a delicious homemade dipping sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Calzone Recipe, Homemade Calzone Recipe
Servings: 8 Calzones
Author: Deliciously Seasoned


For the Dough

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 package instant dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

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
  • 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 Marinara Sauce

  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


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.