Sausage Calzones

Total Time:
35 min
15 min
20 min

4 calzones

  • 1 1/3 pounds raw Italian sweet sausage, casing removed
  • A drizzle olive oil
  • 2 cups ricotta
  • A handful flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • A handful grated Parmigiano, plus extra, for knots
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated or a couple pinches of ground
  • A few grinds black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimento
  • 2 (10-ounce) tubes prepared pizza dough
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • Garlic oil (1 or 2 cloves chopped and heated in 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 2 cups tomato, marinara or pizza sauce for dipping or Five Minute Spicy Marinara, recipe follows
  • Five Minute Spicy Marinara:
  • 2 tablespoons (two turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (32 ounce) can chunky style crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian dried seasoning
  • 1 handful Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • Preheat oven to 425 F.

  • Brown sausage in a small skillet in a drizzle of olive oil. Transfer the cooked crumbled sausage to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

  • Combine sausage with ricotta, parsley, garlic, Parmigiano, nutmeg, pepper, and pimento. Roll out doughs and halve cross-wise. Place a dough rectangle on a nonstick cookie sheet. Use 1/2 cup mozzarella on half of each dough rectangle and pile a mound of filling on half of the total area. Fold dough over and pinch edges to seal. The result is a rectangular turnover.

  • For half-moon shaped calzones, trim excess dough. Roll dough bits into strips, tie in knots and brush with garlic oil and cheese. Garlic knots are fun to dip at the table.

  • Bake calzones 15 minutes or until golden all over. Serve calzones with warm tomato, marinara, or pizza sauce for dipping.

  • Cook's Note: For an additional time saver, 2 packages precooked sausage crumbles, 8 ounces each, may be substituted for raw Italian sausage used in the above recipe.

Five Minute Spicy Marinara:
  • Add olive oil to medium saucepan over moderate heat. Add garlic and crushed pepper to the heated olive oil; when pepper snaps and garlic sizzles, stir in crushed tomatoes. Season sauce with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Cook for five minutes and stir in parsley. Serve.

  • Yield: 4 servings

View All

Cooking Tips
More Recipes and Ideas
Loading review filters...