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Cheese calzone sliced in half on a white plate

Easy Calzones

  • Author: Allison Campbell
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 calzones 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Learn how to make calzones from scratch! This super easy calzone recipe requires only a few ingredients and just 15 minutes of baking time.


Units Scale
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded pizza blend cheese, or shredded mozzarella

Optional fillings (if desired):

  • sliced pepperoni or chicken
  • sliced mushrooms, onions, green pepper or spinach
  • diced pineapple


  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Coat a cutting board or large plate with a generous dusting of flour.
  2. Form: Place the dough on the floured surface, turning once of twice to coat, and divide the dough into four even sections. Using your hands or a rolling pin, press or roll each of the dough sections into a flat, circular shape no more than one centimeter thick.
  3. Fill: For each calzone, place a quarter of the sauce off to one side but away from the edges, and top with a quarter of the cheese plus any additional toppings if desired.
  4. Seal: Fold each unfilled half of each calzone over the filled half and crimp the edges of the dough closed using the back of a fork.
  5. Bake: Place all of the calzones onto the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until the tops just start to turn golden brown.
  6. Enjoy: Let cool for at least 10 minutes on the baking sheet, serve and enjoy! Leftover calzones stay fresh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Keywords: calzone recipes, easy Italian recipes