Italian Calzone Recipe

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Savory calzone bursting with flavor. Great as an appetizer or light meal.
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  • 1 canister of refrigerated pizza dough or 1 ball of homemade basic pizza dough
  • 3 tablespoons flour - for rolling out dough
  • 1/2 cup pesto - purchased or homemade
  • 1 cup Italian sausage - cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sweet red peppers - drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil - chopped chiffonade
  • 4 (1/2 inch slices) fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese - grated plus 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • 1 egg - beaten with two teaspoons of water for egg wash
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • chopped red pepper for garnish
Container: baking sheet or pizza stone
30 mins
25 mins
1 hr
  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Place dough on a floured surface. Roll out to form a 12 inch circle.
  • Spread pesto over 1/2 of the dough.
  • Layer sausage, sweet red peppers, basil and mozzarella cheese over pesto.
  • Sprinkle on parmesan cheese.
  • Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges to seal the calzone.
  • Make 3 cuts across the top of the calzone approximately 1 inch long.
  • Brush with an egg wash and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Spoon marinara sauce in the center of the plate.
  • Slice calzone in half or in strips and place over sauce.
  • Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and more chopped red pepper if desired.
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"This was pretty good homemade calzone. I thought it looked harder to make than it was but I used store bought pesto and used 2 cups of shredded Mozzarella cheese rather than fresh."
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