Italian Calzone

Dinner, Pizza, Vegetarian

This Italian Calzone is exactly like your favorite pizza shop. This easy calzone is filled with sautéed mushrooms, squash, lots of cheese, flavorful marinara sauce and then baked until puffy and golden brown.


They’re heavenly little creations. I’m not sure who invented them but they are glorious! Like gigantic hot pockets filled with cheesy goodness. Make them for your next pizza night!



What Is a Calzone?

This isn’t an existential question. I’m here to answer it legitimately. They’re are used interchangeably with strombolis. But they are VERY DIFFERENT. Don’t let anyone tell you they’re the same. They’re stuffed with meat cheeses and veggies!


What’s the Difference Between a Calzone and a Stromboli

  • Calzone is a half moon-shaped cheese and sauce filled piece of heaven. It comes from Naples, Italy and is a popular street food, due to the fact that it’s easy to eat while standing and walking.
  • Stromboli comes from beautiful New Jersey! Strombolis are shaped like burritos, while the former is half moon-shaped.

So, they are basically just pizzas in turnover form. Yet they taste different for some reason? I think classier. Maybe because they require a fork and knife? Maybe because their new shape has those crimped edges?

These things can take whatever you have lying around in the fridge.


How to Make a Calzone

  1. Grab your homemade or store-bought pizza dough. Roll it out into a 9-inch round on a lightly floured surface. I did this using my hands and a rolling pin.
  2. Preheat oven.
  3. Fillings! I used sauteed cremini mushrooms, tomato sauce, diced squash, caramelized onions and mozzarella.
  4. Add it to the pizza dough. You’re only adding the fillings to one side of the pizza dough.
  5. Flip over the one half of the pizza dough. I did a terrible crimp action so do your best. Brush the top with olive oil.
  6. Cut a hole in the top. And then transfer it to the oven to bake for about 20 minutes. I lined my baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. If you like, you can skip it and use cooking spray.
  7. No need for egg wash. I decided to skip egg wash because this is not a pastry! 🙂
  8. Calzone! 


Calzone Recipe

5 from 18 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 110kcal
This Italian Calzone is exactly like your favorite pizza shop. It's filled with sauteed veggies, lots of cheese, flavorful marinara sauce and then baked!


  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash, cubed
  • 1/2 cup broccolini, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 (12-ounce) batch of store-bought or homemade prepared pizza dough
  • 3 tablespoons jarred marinara sauce
  • 1 (4-ounce) mozzarella ball Or 4 ounces shredded mozzarella


To Make the Filling:

  • In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add thinly sliced onions and pinch of salt. Cook onions for 30 minutes, or until onions are browned and caramelized.
  • While the onions are cooking, pre-heat oven to 400F. Place cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet and toss with a teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, or until soft. Remove and set aside.
  • When onions are caramelized, add broccolini and cremini mushrooms and sauteé for 5-10 minutes. Add garlic to the top and cook just until fragrant.

To Bake the Calzone:

  • Lightly flour your work surface and roll out pizza dough to a 1/8-inch thick circle. Transfer pizza dough to a piece of parchment. Add the tomato sauce to one half. Top with broccolini/mixture. Add the butternut squash and then finish it off with a few slices of mozzarella.
  • Fold dough in half, over filling, and crimp as desired to seal. Transfer parchment with calzone to a baking sheet. Using a knife, slice a hole in the top. This will allow steam to escape as it bakes. Place it in the oven and cook until dough is puffed up and golden brown, 15-20 minutes.


Store-bought Pizza Dough:
Grocery stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, have great store-bought pizza dough options. If you want to make a recipe homemade, this is a recipe I love. 
Baking Sheets | Parchment Paper | Stainless Steel Bowl | Chef's Knife
CourseAppetizer, Dinner
CuisineAmerican, Italian
Keywordbest calzone recipe, calzone, calzone recipe, homemade calzone, stromboli vs. calzone
Nutrition Facts
Calzone Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 524mg15%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 8941IU179%
Vitamin C 100mg121%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply [email protected] November 2, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Oh my days… this is like my favourite food in the world, besides pasta. This looks awesome! I need to get me pizza stone, stat.

    • Reply Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      I baked this on a baking sheet, no pizza stone needed! Also, don’t buy an expensive pizza stone; an unglazed clay tile from Home Depot/Lowe’s works super well. And they’re $2!!

      • Reply Drina M(Room For 5) November 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm

        Thanks for that tip Adrianna, I would never have thought of using a clay tile! So much cheaper!

      • Reply Not Supermom November 8, 2011 at 12:15 am

        The unglazed tile tip is GENIUS.

  • Reply [email protected] November 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I would earn HUGE brownie points if I made this for the BF! I love it with the squash and onion. A beautiful twist to the traditional!

  • Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Mmm, I love calzones and this ingredient combo sounds so good! And yeah…broccoli rabe is hopeless. I love vegetables, and that one is even on my list of foods I won’t touch.

  • Reply Katrina November 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I haven’t tried broccoli rabe! I might steer clear of it now though, and make this calzone without it!

  • Reply Heather (Heather's Dish) November 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

    i’m actually one of those lunatics…broccoli rabe is delicious! however, i do love me a calzone, most of the time regardless of what’s in it. i’ll take 2 please 🙂

  • Reply Blog is the New Black November 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Love love love calzones……. love! I want this- looks amazing!

  • Reply Mags November 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Hey not every recipe can be a winner. in fact it’s kinda nice to know that even you can have flops. But the calzone looks delicious at least!

    • Reply Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Oh I have a ton! Trust me.

  • Reply Elizabeth @ Southern Color November 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve never made a calzone, but this recipe looks fairly simple! The combination of broccoli, mushrooms and butternut squash sounds amazing! What type of marinara did you use?

    • Reply Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      I actually used jarred marinara; the 365 brand from Whole Foods. Perfect for dishes like this!

  • Reply Laura November 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    That big ball of dough looks so good. So does the finished product! Congrats on turning the kitchen failure into a success.

  • Reply Dara November 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Wow. You have made me hungry! Your photos are incredible. Well done.

  • Reply Tia November 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    My mouth is watering right now. That looks soooooo good! I am lo-carbing it this month – getting vacation ready :), but after this month it is ON! I haven’t mastered making dough, so I will give your receipe a try and hope for the best!

  • Reply lebenslustiger November 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Oh – it looks soooo yummy and hearty and melty and deliciously comforting!

  • Reply Heather November 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I completely agree with you! I have tried broccoli rabe in all it’s forms in attempt to like it, alas, I too do not see it’s charms. This look’s amazing and I have weird family and friends who enjoy the stuff, so I will happily try it for them!

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  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar November 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Officially hungry. I think that says it all! 😉

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  • Reply brandi November 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    i love calzones, especially with fresh dough. i need to do this soon!

  • Reply Abby Rice November 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    My dad would fall over in disbelief that someone made a HEALTHY calzone….his definition of a calzone is basically a doughy vehicle for massive amounts of cheese and artery-clogging-orangey-greasy meats…I love it…think I will make it for him….lol

    • Reply Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Oh I dig those too!

  • Reply Kiran @ November 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I haven’t tried broccollini before. That being said, I haven’t tried a calzone before. And now I am drooling all over the place. I take that as a good sign to try 🙂

  • Reply nicole {sweet peony} November 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    omg this calzone sounds vundabar! i love everything inside it! and yeah, why is it that calzones taste different than pizza? i think it’s cuz the carb-topping ratio is higher meaning there is no question why i love calzones more!

    ps* loved your ‘naughty’ pic from yesterday– hilarious!

  • Reply Kat @ November 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    First of all your photos are gorgeous…and I’m forcing myself to have leftovers instead of braving the snow storm to buy all of the ingredients for this. I WILL make this over the weekend!! Yum!!

  • Reply Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) November 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I am totally in love with this calzone. Yummmmmo.

  • Reply Pooja November 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Ugh, me too, have never tasted a broccoli raab that i like, ‘sigh’…anyway, i love the idea of your throwing butternut squash in there (love butternut squash!) and i think your crimping looks expert. plus you had recent practice with those lovely looking pop tarts….ok have a happy wed and can’t wait to try this…xo

  • Reply Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup November 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Looks amaze – as always!

  • Reply Cassie @ bake your day November 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I love calzones…especially with these flavors. Broccoli rabe is delicious!

  • Reply Andrea P November 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I thought I would make my way out of my regular old veggie box and be culinarily adventureous and tried broccoli rabe a while back and it was an absolute disaster—so disappointing as I thought it would be our new “it” veggie. For some reason my husband kept eating it–but maybe he was just being polite.

    Love love love your blog—it inspires me to both cook more and maintain a more presentable manicure

    • Reply Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      HA! That last part made me laugh, like a lot.

  • Reply Teri Lyn Fister November 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Deliciousness in a pouch. You should call this a marsupial pizza.

    • Reply Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      MARSUPIAL PIZZA!!!! I love that.

  • Reply Mellissa @ I breathe therefore I'm hungry November 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    That. Looks. Awesome. Do you deliver? Call me crazy but I do LOVE broccoli rabe! I’ve embraced the bitterness and never looked back! You do need some olive oil or other fat to offset the bitterness or it can be awful. The combination you have here really makes me want to reach through the screen and grab a bite! Great idea and sorry you hated it but it looks great to me! Awesome pics too! Following and looking forward to future posts!

  • Reply cindy November 3, 2011 at 2:26 am

    I make pizza every week, but never calzones…they scare me. I don’t even know what my deal is. I need to get over my calzone-fear stat because this looks amazing!

  • Reply Koko @ KokoLikes November 3, 2011 at 5:33 am

    OMG so delicious, this looks insane

  • Reply France November 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    They’re really quite lovely. It’s always surprising to me how a simple change in a recipe can change the way we feel about it and perceive it. In this case, I could easily serve this to my guest and they would not suspect I was serving them pizza! how clever!

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  • Reply Ashleigh @ ashleighskitchen November 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    The crimping looks awesome to me! 🙂 I want a bite!

  • Reply demmy November 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    i can honestly say that i’ve never seen a more delicious looking calzone. I can’t wait to make one of my own!

  • Reply Connie November 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    So delicious looking! YUM!

  • Reply Cecilie Lykke November 5, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Got to try this sometime this week, yummy!

  • Reply Magda November 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    It looks delicious. It looks like greek pita 🙂

    Come and check also my receipes, maybe something will inspire you :>
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  • Reply Donne Milano November 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I love this post. Thx a lot for sharing

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    Nice recipes.

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    Awesome. The filling is superb.

  • Reply Aggie November 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    5 stars
    oh my heaven that looks absolutely amazing. Mouth watering even. at 7:45 in the morning. I could totally eat that right now.

  • Reply Meg November 9, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Ooooh, broccoli rabe blanched for a good 10 minutes and then sauteed with onions, garlic, a splash of soy sauce and crushed red pepper is a winner every time. Served over pasta, even my kids love it.

    This looks good too. 😉

  • Reply sarah November 9, 2011 at 1:30 am

    this looks great, i hope to make it soon!

    how many people does this serve?

    • Reply Adrianna November 9, 2011 at 1:58 am

      I’d say two hungry people and three appetizer-type appetites.

  • Reply Jasmine November 9, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Oh BABY!

  • Reply Sook November 9, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Wow, this looks amazing! Totally saving this recipe.

  • Reply Jim Strong November 11, 2011 at 3:04 am

    That calzone looks exactly like the ones my grandmother used to make. I will try this recipe next Sunday for sure !

  • Reply esther November 11, 2011 at 4:45 am

    pizza, in any disguise, is good. (except maybe those frozen pizza bites, I haven’t tried them though) this looks delish. and calzones remind me of seinfeld. always.

  • Reply Holli DeLauro November 12, 2011 at 3:37 am

    5 stars
    This was AHHH-mazing! Made it for dinner tonight and we absolutely loved it! My husband was thinking of all the other creations that we could put inside the calzone, but said that this particular recipe was a keeper! 🙂

  • Reply Brandon @ The Yummy Bits November 14, 2011 at 12:45 am

    This looks delicious! I will have to come back to read more of your recipes, great post!

  • Reply Lily November 16, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Oh, always looking for creative ways to use butternut squash. Something like this sounds very good!

  • Reply Megan November 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    This looks yummy! Quick question – do you think it would work with a non-yeast dough?

    • Reply Adrianna November 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      I actually think it’ll work! It obviously will just turn out flatter and thinner. But I bet it’d be delicious!

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    I’ve never made a calzone, but this recipe looks fairly simple! made me real hungry now. 🙁

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    I made a calzone based on your recipe. It’s simple and pretty bomb.

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    This was so delicious!!! And quite easy. I substituted roasted sweet potato for the squash and added some balsamic vinegar to the pan with the onions when they were done caramelizing. Will definitely make again! I also left the sauce out of the calzone and dipped the finished calzone in sauce instead.

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      I love this whole thing. So glad to have been a glimpse of inspo for you and your dude. YAY!

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