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Loaded Calzones

loaded calzones Entree Italian
Loaded Calzones
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 4

Don’t call for takeout pizza tonight! These loaded, easy, cheesy calzones are easier to make than you think thanks to Pillsbury® pizza crust. 15 minutes of prep sets you up for maximum homemade flavor that tastes like it took hours. MORE+ LESS-

October 29, 2018

Ingredients

1/2 lb bulk Italian pork sausage
1
cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup bite-size thinly sliced pepperoni
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
1
can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
1 1/2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 425°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain. Stir in 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce, the pepperoni and basil. Set aside.
  • 2
    Unroll dough. Cut dough in half crosswise; cut each section in half lengthwise. On cookie sheet, press or roll each dough portion into 7x5-inch rectangle. Spoon sausage mixture and cheese on one side of each rectangle. Fold dough over filling; press edges firmly with fork to seal.
  • 3
    Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Heat remaining 1/2 cup marinara sauce; serve with warm calzones.

Expert Tips

  • For easier eating, chop up the pepperoni before stirring it into the sausage mixture.
  • If you don’t have fresh basil, use a generous spoonful of dried Italian herb seasoning or crushed rosemary leaves.
  • Set up a DIY filling buffet for the kids, so they can make their own pizza pockets. You’ll need to double the recipe so there’s enough dough (depending on the head count). You can also divide the dough into smaller portions and let them press, stretch, or roll out the dough themselves. Stress that they should use just small spoonfuls of their favorite ingredients so the calzone won’t explode in the oven.
  • Line flat baking sheets with baking parchment for easy clean up.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
630
% Daily Value
Total Fat
32g
0%
Saturated Fat
13g
0%
Sodium
999mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
55g
0%
Dietary Fiber
3g
0%
Protein
33g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • What could be better than handheld pizza with minimal mess? The calzone, like its Italian cousin pizza, originated in Naples, Italy during the 18th century. Its name translates to “pant leg” or “trouser” in Italian. Calzones made it easy for working people to grab a bite to eat without having to sit down with a knife and a fork. The original calzones were made by folding an uncooked pizza—topped with ingredients like ricotta cheese, mozzarella, anchovies and olives—in half before baking it. There are plenty more filling options for calzones—choose your favorite pizza toppings and you’re only 35 minutes away from dinner. This cheesy pork sausage-loaded calzone preps in just 15 minutes and makes 4 servings, perfect for sharing with your family. From mini football calzones to lasagna-filled, there’s a calzone (or two!) for your next meal in our list of best calzone recipes. Ever wonder how long leftover pizza lasts? We’ve got the answer in our how to make pizza guide.

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