A super easy and delicious calzone recipe that beats any you will find in a restaurant. Just prepare a pizza dough, fill, and fold over. Then bake to a delicious golden brown for a fun delicious meal. Let’s face it bitches, bread is back and we all love it!

What Is A Calzone

Simply put, a calzone is a type of pizza where the crust is folded over before baking to hold in the ingredients. What this does is contain the filling and allows to eat the pizza without a fork, at least that was the original thought when calzones were invented. Calzones are also a lot of fun to eat. Often times the sauce of a calzone is served on the side. However, I like the sauce to be inside my calzones. Either way, these bad boys are fun to eat, use similar if not the same ingredients as pizza, and just as delicious as pizza.

Calzone vs Stromboli What Is The Difference

These two dishes are quite different. In fact, one source I read says that Stromboli isn’t even a real Italian dish, but originated from America. With stromboli, the sauce is served inside the dish, while calzones are often served on the side. Also, strombolis are more closely related to a sandwich than a pizza. They are usually filled with the same ingredients as pizza, however, they are rolled into a loaf, then baked. Stromboli is all about layers of meat, cheese, and other ingredients. You could describe them as pinwheels filled with pizza ingredients.

Where Did Calzone Originate From

It is said that calzones originated from Naples, Italy during the 18th century. At the time pizza was meant to be eaten with a knife and fork. Calzones, on the other hand, could be eaten with just your hands and taken out. These were easy to eat while standing up or on the move. In fact, the word calzone translates to pant legs. They were sold a lot by street vendors and lunch counters.

How To Make Calzone Dough

Any pizza dough recipe works for calzones. The only difference between pizza dough and calzone dough is how they are formed and baked. If you need a great dough recipe, I have one posted on this website that is quick, easy, and tastes freaking awesome! You can find it here.

Calzone How To Make

Calzones are super easy to make. Just put pizza toppings on one side of the dough, fold it over and seal the edges and there you have it. Here is the full recipe…



Deliciously simple and fun to eat and make calzones. 

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Calzone, Pizza
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 338 kcal
Author Barbara Tidwell


  • 2 whole pizza crust
  • 2 c red pizza sauce
  • 1 c pepperoni
  • 2 c mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 450° degree F.

  2. Roll out dough into about a 10 to 12 inch round.

  3. Add sauce on half of the round.

  4. Place about half the cheese on the sauce.

  5. Add pepperoni over the cheese.

  6. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the pepperoni.

  7. Pull the other half of the dough over the ingredients to the other edge of the dough. 

  8. Roll the bottom edge of the dough over the top edge and bind together.

  9. Place in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Some ingredients may boil out so make sure you have a pan underneath.

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