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Ham and Cheese Calzones Recipe

Ham and Cheese Calzones Recipe

This sort of inside-out pizza is something I concocted one evening when I had leftover baked ham and needed to fix something quick and simple. My husband loved it—so did all his friends when he took some to work for lunch. —Shelby Marino, Neptune Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:14 servings


  • 2 tubes (13.8 ounces each) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 to 6 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 2 cups diced fully cooked ham
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
  • Dried basil, optional
  • Spaghetti sauce, warmed


  • 1. Unroll one pizza crust onto a greased baking sheet; shape into a 14-in. x 11-in. rectangle. Spread half of the ricotta cheese lengthwise on half of the dough to within 1 in. of the edges.
  • 2. Sprinkle with half of the pepperoni, ham and mozzarella cheese. Fold dough over filling; press edges firmly to seal. Repeat with remaining crust and filling ingredients.
  • 3. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and basil if desired. Cut into slices. Serve with spaghetti sauce. Yield: 2 calzones ( 7 servings each).

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 341 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 1087mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.

Reviews for Ham and Cheese Calzones

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kellyj83 User ID: 8185900 246967
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"I inadvertently purchased pie crust which was great because it was flaky. I also brushed an egg wash on top to add a little crunch and color."

tcarver User ID: 5663692 230719
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2015

"Very tasty and easy."

DeepSorrow User ID: 6301843 200948
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"Quick and easy to make, fun to change up the filling."

christycincy User ID: 6445428 12304
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"When I first made this I halved the recipe and just made one calzone for two of us. My boyfriend liked it so much that he asked me to make it again the following week and to show him how. Now he makes it for himself! Very good and easy!"

stevennicole User ID: 2190603 16340
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"very good and easy to make!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 23911
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"I did my own filling (salami, olives, pickles, seasonings) but used cottage cheese instead of the ricotta. It turned out so yummy!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 26148
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"I made my own filling but used this recipe as a basis... and it totally hit the spot! I didn't have ricotta so used cottage cheese instead and it was very good. It didn't melt as much as cream cheese would've so it all held together better. Husband loved them!"

ezondii User ID: 1189790 24799
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"I have found that refrigerated pizza dough is too sticky so I've made these using full sheet crescent rolls. Always a hit and very easy to put together."

kcc1108 User ID: 6410537 26147
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2012

"Very tasty! I did not use the optional shredded parmesan on top; thought there was enough cheese inside. Also did not use the optional dried basil on top, did however use fresh italian parsley inside the calzone."

tcrawl User ID: 6404978 11259
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"My husband loved this so it got 5 stars!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 8619
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"[quote user="janet5"]

can I use something other than ricotta cheese? and if so, what? I use cottage cheese in place of ricotta in my lasagna recipe.. would tha twork?
In this instance cream cheese and maybe a little cheddar would absolutely be an acceptable substitute."

janet5 User ID: 6500731 11784
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"can I use something other than ricotta cheese? and if so, what? I use cottage cheese in place of ricotta in my lasagna recipe.. would tha twork?"

mghaskins User ID: 2802203 10268
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"This recipe was great! It was easy and satisfying. My kids, years 18 & 15, and I loved it! It is definitely a "do again"!"

mevink User ID: 5497661 23779
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Our family loves this. Half a recipe is plenty with leftovers for the three of us. I added fresh chopped onions and it was a hit. I used pizza sauce as a dip and that was a hit as well."

OhYummy! User ID: 5663402 16338
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"This is a keeper recipe - will go in my recipe box! Very easy & quick...nice way to use the leftover ham after the Holidays. I even used my own pizza crust recipe...and added fresh Basil to the filling. Authentic Calzone - always has ricotta cheese - yum. Next time I make it, I am going to try meatballs in place of the Ham. There are many variations you can try! Thanks for a great recipe!"

decar48 User ID: 5127622 3943
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"Tasted most of pepperoni, so , of course it was delicious!"

martimor User ID: 1611645 11782
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Calzones are actually a version of the Italian dish "Poseratti" I use pizza dough and instead of baking I put it in my deep fat fryer. This makes the crust very tender. Fry until golden brown -you may have to flip the Ponseratti to get both sides brown (and poke fork holes in the top before frying). Then I use my favorite Pizza sauce to ladle over the top. Yummy! Learned this way of doing it from an old time friend and Italian chef."

zolkivski User ID: 5957960 10665
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"I made them with prerolled puff pastry instead. Also first spread a tablespoon of spaghetti sauce then the order of filling. I sprinkled basil ontop of the filling and parmesan on top of the pastry once I fold it over. My family agreed the puff pastry made it rather than pizza dough which I haven't tried and probably won't as the puff pastry was a hit."

hwdog User ID: 5202486 3911
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"good. just like a cal zone! =)"

Spinmom User ID: 4783486 12302
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"I made these for our Super Bowl dinner. This recipe reminded me of what we used to call salami rolls. I used provolone cheese, salami, sliced onions, chopped green olives and some diced jalapeno peppers. The suggestion of topping it with the parmesan and basil was a good one and they turned out beautifully. This recipe would be so easy to change depending on what you have in the fridge. We thoroughly enjoyed them and I will definitely be making them again."

daduk User ID: 1648289 23764
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"I made this for a party last night and everyone loved it. Very easy to make. I used a package of the mini pepperoni they now have available and used an 8 ounce package of diced ham to save time not having to chop anything. It is pretty basic so even the young ones will gobble this up."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.