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Easy Spinach and Italian Sausage Calzone Recipe

Fast & Easy Dinner: Green Calzone

Tonight skip the delivery pizza in favor of homemade calzones. Stuffed with spinach, Italian sausage, onions, and two types of cheese, these calzones are classic and filling.

Or simply use the recipe as a guide and load the store-bought pizza dough with vegetables and cheese that you have on hand.

Whatever you do, make sure to serve with plenty of marinara sauce for dipping! Get the kid-friendly recipe after the break.

Green Calzone

Green Calzone

Easy Spinach and Italian Sausage Calzone Recipe 2010-02-01 13:56:21


2 pounds baby spinach
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings discarded
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
1 pound store-bought pizza dough
1 1/2 cups store-bought marinara sauce


  1. In a large skillet, bring 1/4 cup water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add half of the spinach and cook, turning, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes; drain. Repeat with the remaining spinach. Let cool slightly, then squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible. Coarsely chop, then transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In the same skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the onion and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to the spinach mixture. Stir in the mozzarella and parmesan; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425°. Grease a baking sheet with 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil.
  5. On the baking sheet, stretch out the dough to form a 10-by-15-inch rectangle. Mound the filling lengthwise down the center of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border on the short edges. Fold the 1-inch edges toward the center, then fold each long side over the filling. Flip the calzone seam side down and re-tuck any open ends. Rub the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil over the calzone, then cut 2 small vents in the top.
  6. Bake until golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve with the marinara sauce.

Serves 6.

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snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
betty, i think your regular dough recipe will do fine. my mom makes these using her recipe, and they are always yummy!
gingirl gingirl 6 years
I make this kind of thing all the time! I buy the whole-wheat pizza dough at Trader Joe's, though. So yummy! I usually just put whatever I have around in it. And sometimes I'll put the marinara sauce inside it, so it doesn't dry out so much. Always a winner!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Looks yummy, I was hoping for a crust recipe to go with it! Maybe my standard pizza dough recipe will suffice.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
i kind of need that now. yummy!
Chica8a Chica8a 6 years
YUM - O :smile:
Chica8a Chica8a 6 years
YUM - O :smile:
skigurl skigurl 6 years
my boyfriend would love this!! i'll so try it!
suziryder suziryder 6 years
I don't usually like calzones but those look really tasty... might have to try it for a change of pace!
syako syako 6 years
I've made this. It's amazing. It's on rotation in my kitchen.
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