Meatball Calzones Recipe
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Meatball Calzones Recipe

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My family can’t get enough of this savory entree. We have to have it at least once a month, or everyone goes through withdrawal. Leftovers freeze well for a quick meal later. —Cori Cooper Flagstaff, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + standing Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + standing Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • Additional Italian seasoning
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce, warmed

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 648 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 1253mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 41g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 10-15 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels. Reduce heat to 350°.
  3. On a floured surface, roll each portion of dough into an 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Spoon a third of the meatballs and mozzarella cheese down the center of each rectangle. Fold dough over filling; press edges firmly to seal.
  4. Place on greased baking sheets. Brush tops with egg white; sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Let stand for 15-30 minutes. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with spaghetti sauce. Yield: 3 calzones (4 servings each).
Originally published as Meatball Calzones in Taste of Home August/September 2007, p41

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Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"Very easy recipe.. My kids loved it. We did a meatball calzone and a pepperoni calzone."

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"I had a lot of trouble with the dough, so I think I will use either pizza dough or perhaps biscuit dough to make smaller, individual ones that can be frozen easier. Otherwise, really good and easy to make."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"My daughter has asked me to make this for her special birthday dinner. They're very good but a little tricky to seal without ripping the dough. Perhaps I'll get better with practice."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"great for a family dinner, but too much bread for our liking. I will make this again and replace the bread with pizza dough"

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2011

"Love this - i often just make 1 or 2 loaves depending on how many people are eating and freeze any leftover meatballs to use as sub sandwiches or with pasta!"

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