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Recipe: Homemade Calzones

Homemade Calzones from Walking on Sunshine on cutting board with homemade tomato sauce.

When my husband and I were first married we discovered calzones at the local pizzeria in our neighborhood in Queens, NY. 

At first we only order then with ricotta cheese but after a few weeks started experimenting and having them made with pepperoni, Italian sausage, peppers, mushrooms...the list goes on as to what you can add to homemade calzones.  They're amazing and great for dinner as you can customize the calzones to what each member of your family likes! 

Today I'm going to share with you how you can make your very own delicious homemade calzones and they will taste just like you ordered them out in a pizzeria. 

This is a very basic recipe. I like to make them individual sized so we can customize them.  My husband loves sausage and I love pepperoni.  

You can use homemade pizza dough or purchase pizza dough from your favorite local pizzeria.  Our local grocery store has a great pizza dough in their bakery section.  

Homemade Calzones Recipe

To make individual calzones, you need to divide the dough into two pieces,
OR even four pieces and roll the dough out flat.

Roll out the pizza dough for the homemade calzones from Walking on Sunshine.

Spread the ricotta cheese down the middle by the pepperoni and then the mozzarella cheese.

Pizza dough with ricotta cheese and pepperoni - Homemade Calzones from Walking on Sunshine.

Fold one end of the pizza dough over the filling.

Fold one side of the pizza dough over the ricotta and pepperoni from Walking on Sunshine

Now fold one side over and then bring the other side up and tuck in the ends.

Unbaked Calzone on cutting board from Walking on Sunshine

Place the calzones on a tray that is lined with parchment paper and allow them to rise for 30 minutes.

Homemade Calzones ready for the oven on baking tray from Walking on Sunshine

Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasonings.
Bake in a HOT 435 degree oven until they are golden brown.

Calzones fresh from the oven on baking tray from Walking on Sunshine

Homemade Calzones on cutting board with tomato sauce from Walking on Sunshine.

Homemade Calzones

Easy homemade calzones made with pizza dough, ricotta cheese and pepperoni.


  • Pizza dough; see note below
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Sliced pepperoni
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasonings
  • 2 TBS. olive oil
  • 1 - 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce for dipping


  1. Using a rolling pin, roll out the pizza dough into a long rectangle shape.
  2. Spread the ricotta cheese down the center of the pizza dough.
  3. Place a layer of sliced pepperoni on top of the ricotta cheese.
  4. Spread the mozzarella cheese on top.
  5. Fold one side of the pizza dough over the center of the calzone and then fold the other side over tucking the ends in.
  6. Cover the calzone with a clean dish towel and allow to rise for about 30 minutes.
  7. Place the calzones on a pizza stone or baking tray that is lined with parchment paper
  8. Brush the calzone with the olive oil and sprinkle the Italian seasonings on top.
  9. Bake in a hot 435 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the tops are browned.
  1. You can use homemade pizza dough or store-bought pizza dough. I've even used pizza dough purchased from our favorite pizzeria.
  2. You can customize the calzones and use whichever fillings are your family's favorite. You can even divide the pizza dough into 2 to 4 pieces and create individual calzones.
  3. This recipe is just a guideline.  You may need more than 2 cups of ricotta cheese depending on how you roll out the pizza dough.  
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Homemade Calzones are an easy meal you can customize with your family's favorite fillings from Walking on Sunshine.

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  1. Hmmm...this may be on the docket today as I have sausage that needs using and sauce. Thanks!

  2. These are on my Superbowl Menu NOW!! :) Thank you!
    ~Joy @ Yesterfood

  3. They were on the docket. I now have questions, but will wait until we've eaten. I'm getting hungry!

  4. It is hard to stop eating with one. Looks so delicious.

  5. I have no questions after all. They were delicious!

  6. These look delicious. I am going to have to make these for my daughter. She loves calzones. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

  7. These look delicious. Everyone in my family loves calzones especially with the pepperoni.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

  8. Oh wow, these look delicious and so pretty! I am going to try this very soon. Found you on Yesterfood. Thanks for the recipe!


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