Easy Calzone Recipe From Scratch

Chef Randy , On November 12, 2022


Easy Calzone Recipe with Neapolitan Pizza Dough

Calzones are great with bottom-up cooking. So, starting with a great pizza dough, and a great red pizza sauce make for the best calzones. Think of a basic calzone like a folded Margherita pizza. However, you can enjoy these a little more refined, with more stuffing or with less stuffing depending on the season.

Kitchen tools needed for this Easy Calzone Recipe with Neapolitan Pizza Dough

  • Small mixing bowl of flour to coat dough ball.

  • Spoon to apply sauce.

  • Wooden peel to launch calzone onto the pizza stone.

  • Pizza stone in the oven.

Ingredients for this easy calzone recipe:

    Make garlic butter sauce

    Pizza Calzone Recipe Starting Position.

    1 Calzone

  • 4 oz pizza dough ball

  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce

  • 2-3 slices pepperoni or your favorite salami (This easy calzone recipe uses a spreadable salami called Nduja)

  • 1 handful shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves

  • 1 stick salted butter

  • 12 large peeled garlic cloves cut in half

Cooking instructions for this easy calzone recipe

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees, and put a pizza stone on the rack if you have one.

  2. Stretch the dough ball to about 7″ round.

    Make garlic butter sauce

    Pizza Calzone Recipe Starting Position.

  3. Add sauce to one half of the dough on the side that will form the calzone.

    Make garlic butter sauce

    Add Sauce to The Calzone.

  4. Add cheese to the same half of the dough.

    Make garlic butter sauce

    Add Cheese to The Calzone.

  5. Add your favorite salami or prosciutto or other filling of choice.

  6. Add a layer of basil leaves.

    Make garlic butter sauce

    Add a Layer of Basil to The Calzone.

  7. Moisten the edges of the dough for a good seal.

  8. Fold the dough over and press the edges to seal.

    Folded Calzone Dough

    Fold The Calzone Dough.

  9. Transfer the calzone to a wooden peel to launch it onto a hot pizza stone in the oven. If you don’t have a pizza stone, put the calzone on a sheet pan or cookie sheet, then into the oven.

  10. Bake until golden brown delicious – about 10-12 minutes.

    Folded Calzone Dough

    Plate Your Delicious Italian Calzone Recipe and Enjoy.

  11. Remove from the oven and brush the garlic butter sauce or opt for a light marinara sauce over the top.

Chef Randy

After graduating from LeCordon Bleu at the top of his class Chef Randy dove head-first into a culinary career working in many top-tier restaurants including the Golden 1 Center Arena as a lead cook. He later owned and operated a mobile woodfired pizza concept where he championed whole and natural ingredients. Chef Randy is passionate about healthy food and developing relationships with local providers for true farm-to-fork food production.