Real Italian Calzones


These calzones are the real deal because there is no tomato sauce inside! We eat them at least once a week. Have a bowl of tomato or spaghetti sauce on the table for people to top their calzone if desired.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
2 large calzones



  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 large egg, beaten


  • 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup ricotta cheese

  • ½ cup diced pepperoni

  • ½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves


  1. Make dough: Dissolve yeast in warm water in a mixing bowl; let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon oil, sugar, and salt; mix in 1 cup flour until smooth. Gradually stir in remaining flour until dough is smooth and workable.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough until it is elastic, about 5 minutes. Place 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large bowl; lay dough in the bowl and flip to coat with oil. Cover and let rise until almost doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

  3. Make filling: Meanwhile, combine Cheddar cheese, ricotta cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, and basil leaves in a medium bowl. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate to chill.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

  5. Punch down dough; divide into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece out on a lightly floured surface into 1/8-inch-thick circles. Fill each circle with 1/2 of the cheese and meat filling; fold dough over filling to make a semicircle. Press edges down with the tines of a fork to seal. Brush the top of each calzone with beaten egg and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve hot.

    close up on an Italian calzone cut in half
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

335 Calories
17g Fat
32g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 335
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 667mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 179mg 14%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 161mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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