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Fast & Easy Dinner: Three-Cheese Calzones

Fast & Easy Dinner: Three-Cheese Calzones

While I enjoy homemade pizzas, I rarely think of whipping up calzones. However, the classic cousin to pizza is incredibly simple, quick, and satisfying to make. This recipe takes refrigerated pizza dough and stuffs it with ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses, fresh spinach, and thinly sliced salami. The marinara sauce is served on the side for dipping. Like pizza, the possible filling combinations are virtually endless, so adapt this recipe to suit your family's liking. It's a great way to use up leftover cheese, meat, and vegetables.

To learn the technique for making calzones,


Three-Cheese Calzones

Three-Cheese Calzones

Three-Cheese Calzones


  1. 1 pound refrigerated pizza dough
  2. 1 cup fresh ricotta
  3. 1 cup grated mozzarella (4 ounces)
  4. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)
  5. 1 bunch spinach, thick stems removed and roughly chopped (5 cups)
  6. Black pepper
  7. 1/4 pound thinly sliced salami
  8. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  9. 1 cup jarred marinara sauce, warmed


  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 4 equal portions and roll and stretch them* into 8-inch rounds.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, spinach, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Layer the salami on one side of each round of dough and top with the cheese mixture. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges to seal.
  5. Brush the tops of the calzones with the oil. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with the sauce.

Serves 4.

*If the dough is too elastic and shrinks back when you roll it flat into full rounds, let it rest for 15 minutes before trying again.


Join The Conversation
Pissant Pissant 7 years
Ever since working at a Sbarros in my teens, I still tend to favor the spinach and cheese=) MMMM...Going into a carb coma!
emalove emalove 8 years
Not something I usually eat, but sometimes I like them.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Nom nom nom...
pklotus pklotus 8 years
It's like common sense to make something like this but I usually just go to a pizzaria instead of trying to make this this myself. Sounds delish!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this is a good refresher. it's funny - one of the reasons that i usually stay away from pizza and calzones is because of the bready element, but i guess that every now and then making a quick and easy recipe couldn't's like a little carb treat if you're willing to stray from your diet.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
This is exactly what I do about once a week! And then, since ricotta seems to go bad fast for me, I will always plan to make manicotti a few days later :)
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
That sounds great! I always forget about calzones when I have some pizza dough.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
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