Who doesn't love a calzone?  I don't know why I don't make these more often.  If you make the dough ahead of time, these can be thrown together in no time.  If you  have a bread machine, the process is even easier.  


  • 2 lbs pizza dough homemade or store-bought
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Pizza sauce, for dipping


  • pepperoni
  • ground Italian sausage , cooked
  • Canadian bacon
  • cooked shredded chicken
  • black olives
  • sliced mushrooms
  • bell pepper , chopped
  • chopped onion
  • fresh jalapeño pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Divide pizza dough into 4 portions. Roll each portion Roll each 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 small 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 or Marinara sauce for dipping. Or try other dipping sauces like white garlic sauce, ranch, Alfredo, or BBQ sauce.