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Take It Easy: Make Calzones For Dinner In 20 Minutes

After the long week, who wants to jump right into the kitchen and cook? To lessen the stress of a hard week, make a super easy calzone for dinner. Store bought pizza dough makes it a perfect quick fox meal for a busy weeknight. Serve the calzones, which are filled with a quick spinach, cheese, and ham mixture, with warmed bottled marinara dipping sauce. Stock your freezer with frozen spinach and canned pizza dough crust and you'll be able to whip this up for you and the hubby any hectic time. I can't wait to make this for dinner tonight and if you can't either get the recipe, just

Ham, Spinach, and Sun-Dried Tomato Calzones
From Cooking Light magazine

1 cup part-skim ricotta
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
3 ounces lean ham, chopped
6 oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves, drained and chopped
1 (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
Cooking spray

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Combine first 9 ingredients.
  3. Divide dough evenly into 5 pieces; pat each dough piece into a 5-inch circle.
  4. Spoon about 1/2 cup spinach mixture onto half of each circle, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold dough over filling until edges almost meet. Bring bottom edge over top edge; crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim.
  5. Place calzones on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  6. Bake at 450° for 14 minutes or until browned.

Makes 5 calzones.

NUTRITION PER SERVING CALORIES 356(32% from fat); FAT 12.5g (sat 5.6g,mono 4g,poly 1.5g); PROTEIN 25.2g; CHOLESTEROL 37mg; CALCIUM 497mg; SODIUM 967mg; FIBER 3.2g; IRON 3.6mg; CARBOHYDRATE 44.3g

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partysugar partysugar 9 years
calibabi: You could fill the calzone with all sorts of combinations: ham and mushrooms, pepperoni and sausage, tomatoes and bell peppers. Thats the best thing about cooking: you can be creative and make this dish to your own liking!
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
Oooh. I might make these tonight for me and my bf.
Blue-Sarah Blue-Sarah 9 years
Oooo, I'm going to make these tonight!!
asco00 asco00 9 years
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 9 years
They are good.
calibabi calibabi 9 years
my husband wouldn't be crazy about the ham and spinach combo...does anyone have any other suggestions for what would be a good filling? i'd really like to try them out because i love calzones. thanks!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Calzones, oh they are so to die for.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I made a calzone similar to this from, I believe, one of the many Rachael Ray cookbookes and it was delicious!
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