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Ham and Cheese Calzones

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.
  • Makes
    2 calzones ( 7 servings each)


  • 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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
  • Dried basil, optional
  • Spaghetti sauce, warmed


  • Unroll one pizza crust onto a greased baking sheet; shape into a 14x11-in. rectangle. Spread half of the ricotta cheese lengthwise on half of the dough to within 1 in. of the edges.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 341 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 1087mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.
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  • annteach1
    Nov 3, 2019

    Can this be frozen ?

  • kellyj83
    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
    Aug 4, 2015

    Very tasty and easy.

  • DeepSorrow
    Jun 19, 2013

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

  • christycincy
    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
    Feb 3, 2013

    very good and easy to make!

  • germanycook
    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
    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
    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
    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.