Italian Sausage Calzone Recipe
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Italian Sausage Calzone Recipe

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My teenage daughter and I have been experimenting in the kitchen to re-create some old-time family dishes. This calzone with spinach and sausage is definitely a favorite. Using a refrigerated pizza crust, it’s a cinch to prepare one for us or several for a crowd. –Terri Gallagher, King George, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage, cooked and drained
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 322 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 870mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. Unroll pizza dough onto an ungreased baking sheet; pat into a 14x11-in. rectangle. Spread pizza sauce over one long side of dough to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  2. Layer the spinach, sausage, mushrooms and cheese over sauce. Fold dough over filling; pinch seams to seal.
  3. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled unsliced calzone in a resealable plastic freezer bag. To use, place calzone on an ungreased baking sheet, cover with foil and reheat in a preheated 375° oven 10 minutes. Uncover; bake until heated through.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Italian Sausage Calzone in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p35

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 61415
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"This was really good. I left out the mushrooms because I don't like them. I think I will use olives in place of them the next time. I agree with the previous writer that this does make a lot of filling and you could easily use 2 pizza crusts. It was difficult to stuff it all in one."

123amytim User ID: 5004348 68099
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"i would use 2 pizza crust rolls--this makes a lot! Absolutely delicious!!!"

blindlady09 User ID: 1584143 75376
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"This always satisfies my hungry boys. We use Italian sausage in alot of recipes and this one is a sure winner. It gets made alot since its so easy and fast to make."

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