with homemade marinara and house salad
Calzones aren't just restaurant meals. Using store-bought pizza dough, a homemade calzone is a fun and easy dinner. Tonight we're packing ours with lots of healthy spinach but feel free to use our filling suggestions as just a start for your creativity.
Smarts: Pulse down spinach for an easy way to enjoy a lot of healthy greens.
- Pre-made pizza dough - 1 lb
- Baby spinach - 4 cups, tightly packed
- Mozzarella - 1 1/2 cups, grated
- Ricotta - 1/2 cup
- Crushed red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
- Eggs - 1
- Water - 2 tsp
- Garlic - 2 cloves, crushed or minced
- Shallots (small) - 1 bulb, diced
- Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
- Crushed tomatoes (28 oz / 794 g can) - 1 can
- Brown sugar - 1/2 Tbsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
- English cucumbers - 1/2, chopped (Or sub 2 Persians)
- Roma tomatoes - 2, chopped
- Mixed greens - 4 oz
- Balsamic vinegar - 2 Tbsp
- Maple syrup - 2 tsp
- Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
- Cooking oil - 1/4 cup
- Pizza dough - Divide dough in half, cover in some flour, and let rest for at least 30 minutes outside of fridge before rolling out. This is tip #1 to good pizza - resting dough gives gluten time to chill out, which makes the dough much more pliable.
- Spinach - Pulse spinach in a food processor, which will break it up significantly. You can also chop it finely. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Make calzone filling - Mix spinach with mozzarella, ricotta, and crushed red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Garlic / Shallots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Make egg wash - Whisk egg with water.
- Cucumbers / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.
- Heat oven to 425F(or 218C) degrees with sheet pan inside.
- Watch this video to see how to assemble calzones - it’s much better than just the directions. Roll out pizza dough into an oval shape (if you have a pizza paddle, do it on that, so you can easily ease the calzone onto a sheet pan). Place filling onto one half of the dough, leaving about a ¾”(1.875cm) edge. Brush the edge with egg wash, and fold dough over the filling and crimp with a fork. Brush top of calzone with egg wash and transfer to heated sheet pan. Repeat for remainder of calzones. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden.
- While calzones are baking, heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic and shallots to heated oil. Saute for ~2 minutes and then add crushed tomatoes with brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Simmer for ~10 minutes. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.
- Prepare vinaigrette by whisking together balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon, and cooking oil (triple for next two nights’ dinners). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss vinaigrette with cucumbers, tomatoes, and greens.
- Enjoy calzones fresh out of the oven drizzled with marinara sauce!
- Start chili for tomorrow's dinner if slow-cooking overnight.
I added pepperoni as I saw that some people were saying it was bland. Was very enjoyable.0 Helpful
We added sausage for extra flavor.0 Helpful
A little bland. I added kalamata olives which helped. I agree some spicy sausage or bacon would be good and add a depth of flavor it needed.0 Helpful
Added some spicy sausage to it. It was pretty good - but think it would have been pretty bland without the sausage.0 Helpful
Really good base calzone. The marinara was delicious but next time we'll add more ingredients to the filling.0 Helpful
These were outstanding. Calzones can be bread-y but the filling was just rich enough and light enough to be just right.0 Helpful