Quick and easy calzones is one of our family favorite, picky eater approved recipes that we can make fast on those busy weeknights. If you love a good homemade pizza recipe, then you are going to love this one!
This recipe is great because each person can pick their own toppings (if you want) and then there is no fighting about what is on the pizza! Or, you can make them all the same and serve it as an appetizer.
We have done it both ways, and either way is amazing. So, make sure you bookmark, pin, or save this recipe so you can find it quickly when you need an easy dinner recipe to make.
If you want to make this into a full blown meal, then try making our Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks to go along with it. Sometimes I’ll even make some Zoodle Spaghetti Salad and Sheet Pan Garlic Breadsticks.
Ingredients Needed For Our Quick and Easy Calzones Recipe:
- Refrigerated pizza crust (your favorite kind)
- Marinara sauce
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Pepperoni slices
- Melted butter
- Italian seasoning
- Grated Parmesan cheese
How To Make Our Quick and Easy Calzones Recipe:
Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
Then, spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set it aside.
Now, get out your refrigerated pizza crust and cut it into 6 equal squares (as best as you can).
Next, in the middle of each of the squares place about 2 tablespoons (or more if you like extra sauce), a little less than ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, and 4 pepperoni slices.
Take one corner of the square and fold it over to another corner to form a triangle.
Once you have formed a triangle around the calzone fillings, use a fork and go around the open sides and press it into the dough to seal it closed.
Next, place each of the filled calzones on the prepared baking sheet.
Using the melted butter, get out a pastry brush and spread some of the melted butter on top of each of the calzones and then sprinkle some of the italian seasoning and grated parmesan cheese on top.
Then place the baking sheet in the oven for 10-12 minutes and bake them until the tops are golden brown.
When they are done, take them out and serve them hot with warm pizza sauce for dipping!
To Make This Kid-Friendly Dinner You Will Need:
- Cookie sheet
- Small microwave safe bowl
- Pastry brush (THIS one works perfectly)
- Pizza cutter
- Nonstick cooking spray
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Make the Dough Yourself
If you do not want to use refrigerated dough, you don’t have to! You can make homemade dough and use it in place of the refrigerated dough.
Sugar Spun Run has a great homemade pizza dough recipe that you can try with these delicious calzones!
Toppings You Can Try!
Mix up the toppings you use! You do not have to only use pepperoni. Use one topping, or multiple. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Green bell pepper
- Sliced olives
- Red onions
- BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce
There are so many options! Make sure you mix it up and try what you like on your pizza in your calzones!
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Quick and Easy Calzones Recipe
- 13.8 ounces refrigerated pizza dough
- ½ cup marinara sauce
- 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 24 slices of pepperoni
- 1 Tablespoon butter melted
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1½ Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- Roll out the pizza crust, and cut it into 6 equal-sized squares.
- In the middle of each square, place a portion of the marinara sauce, shredded cheese, and 4 pepperoni slices.
- Fold the dough over into a triangle, and use a fork to press along the edges of the triangle to seal it closed.
- Place Calzones onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Brush the top of each Calzone with butter, then sprinkle with Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese.
- Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
- Serve warm with extra pizza sauce for dipping.
- If you do not want to use refrigerated dough, you don’t have to! You can make homemade dough and use it in place of the refrigerated dough.
- Cookie Sheet
- Microwave Bowl
- Pastry Brush
- Pizza Cutter
- Non-stick Cooking Spray
In conclusion, our easy calzone recipe is a delightful and fun twist on traditional Italian food, bringing the deliciousness of a stuffed pizza pocket right to your table with simple ingredients and minimal effort. Whether you choose to use store-bought pizza dough for a quick fix or decide to make your own pizza dough for a more personalized touch, this homemade calzone recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a taste of Italy in the comfort of your home.
The best part about making your own calzones is the freedom to customize them with your favorite pizza toppings. From classic pepperoni calzones to innovative combinations with bell peppers, fresh basil, and a variety of meats, the possibilities are endless. The option to experiment with different sauces, whether it’s a rich red sauce or a flavorful homemade pizza sauce, allows you to create a calzone that perfectly suits your taste preferences.
The process is both easy and enjoyable. After rolling out the dough on a lightly floured surface, you have the creative freedom to fill each calzone with a delightful cheese mixture, melty mozzarella, and your favorite ingredients. Folding the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape is a fun way to seal in the flavors.
Brushing the top of the calzone with an egg wash before baking adds a golden brown finish, creating a tempting appearance that will have everyone eager to dig in. The cooking time is relatively short, making these homemade calzones an excellent choice for easy weeknight dinners or a great meal option when you’re short on time.
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