These easy homemade Calzones include pizza dough stuffed with your favorite pizza toppings, making a fun customizable dinner that everyone loves. Calzones can be made in advance or frozen for an easy freezer meal.

Three calzones on parchment paper with a side of marinara sauce.

We can thank the Italian’s for the culinary masterpiece of Calzones! A Calzone is like a folded over pizza, baked with any number of pizza-style toppings inside, like meats, cheeses, or veggies. Calzones are hand held like a sandwich, and often dipped in sauces.

Calzones are similar to Stromboli, the biggest difference is in the way the dough is sealed around the filling; Stromboli are rolled and calzones are folded.

Ingredients needed:

Start with pizza dough (I make my easy homemade dough in the morning and leave it covered in the fridge until ready to assemble). Fill calzones anything you’d put on a pizza!

  • Pizza dough: When making calzones you can use the same dough you would use for pizza. I make the dough in the morning and refrigerate it until ready to use (it will rise in the fridge). Store-bought dough can also be used. One pound of pizza dough will make approximately 4 large calzones.
  • Meat (precooked): Pepperoni, ham, sausage, Canadian bacon, chicken, bacon.
  • Vegetables: Bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, spinach, jalapeno, zucchini, artichoke hearts, olives.
  • Cheese: Shredded mozzarella is preferred, but you can use your favorite kind!
  • Pizza Sauce: I don’t add sauce inside the calzone, to keep it from getting soggy. Serve calzones with warm sauce on the side. Pizza sauce or Marinara sauce go with most any type of calzone, or serve with white garlic sauce, ranch, or bbq sauce for a bbq chicken calzone.

How to make Calzones:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Set pizza stone in oven to get hot while oven preheats (or use a baking sheet turned upside down).
  • Divide pizza dough into 8 portions. Roll a piece into a flat disk, about 1/4inch thick. Add about ¼ cup of toppings to one side, including a generous sprinkle of cheese. Fold the other half of dough over the toppings and seal the edges together.

Two process photos of pizza dough rolled into discs, then topped with shredded cheese and pepperoni.

  • Place calzones on a large piece of parchment paper.
  • Use a sharp knife to make a slit on top of each calzone (for steam to escape while baking). Lightly brush tops of calzones with beaten egg, then sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
  • Transfer calzones (on the parchment paper) to the hot pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve with warmed pizza sauce, for dipping.

Two process photos of calzones on a baking sheet before and after baked.

Air Fryer Calzones:

Preheat air fryer to 370ºF.  Spray the fry pan and place 2-3 calzones in the fry pan in a single layer.  Cook for 8 minutes, flip and cook for 2 more minutes.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: Pizza dough can be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated. Chop and prepare filling ingredients up to 3 days in advance, depending on freshness of ingredients. Pizza sauce can be made 1 week ahead.

To Freeze: 

  • Baked calzones: allow to cool completely, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Microwave from frozen or thawed, until warm.
  • Unbaked calzones: place prepared calzones on a baking sheet and flash freeze for 1 hour. Transfer partially frozen calzones to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen at 400 degrees for 30-45 minute, or until warmed through and golden.

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Recipe

Three calzones on parchment paper with a side of marinara sauce.
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 35 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 recipe homemade pizza dough (or 2 lbs pizza dough)
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 whole egg , beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning
  • Pizza sauce , for dipping

Desired Pizza toppings:

  • Pepperoni
  • Cooked Sausage
  • Canadian bacon
  • Cooked shredded chicken
  • Olives
  • sliced mushrooms
  • Chopped Bell pepper
  • Chopped Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Pineapple

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Set pizza stone in oven to get hot while oven preheats (or use a baking sheet turned upside down).
  • Divide pizza dough into 8 portions. Roll a piece into a flat disk, about ¼ inch thick. Add about ¼ cup of toppings to one side, including a generous sprinkle of cheese. Fold the other half of dough over the toppings and seal the edges together.
  • Place calzones on a large piece of parchment paper.
  • Use a sharp knife to make a slit on top of each calzone (for steam to escape while baking). Lightly brush tops of calzones with beaten egg, then sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
  • Transfer calzones (on the parchment paper) to the hot pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve with warmed pizza sauce, for dipping.

Notes

*Nutritional label includes cheese, but no additional pizza toppings.
Make Ahead instructions: Pizza dough can be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated. Chop and prepare filling ingredients up to 3 days in advance, depending on freshness of ingredients. Pizza sauce can be made 1 week ahead.
Freezing Instructions:
  • To freeze baked calzones, allow to cool completely, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Microwave from frozen or thawed, until warm.
  • To freeze unbaked calzones, place prepared calzones on a baking sheet and flash freeze for 1 hour. Transfer partially frozen calzones to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen at 400 degrees for 30-45 minute, or until warmed through and golden.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 11gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 556mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 230IUCalcium: 158mgIron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks so good!! This would be great to change up pizza night! Plus, everyone can add what they like to theirs! Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband and I really enjoyed these calzones. We also use the dough for our homemade pizza and it is so delicious! 👍 Definitely a 5 star!

  3. 5 stars
    These were a huge hit with my family. We made these Halloween night and let the kids stuff their own. The kids loved that and I loved how easy they were. My only regret was that I didn’t double the recipe – lesson learned. Will definitely be making these again.