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Meatball Calzones Recipe

Meatball Calzones Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings


  • 3 large 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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • Additional Italian seasoning
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce, warmed


  • 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 18x12-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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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robnat420 User ID: 2092551 114690
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

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

soccermom627 User ID: 6327735 160579
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."

kimmaclean User ID: 4949189 160576
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."

IrishBanger User ID: 495240 93616
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"

denise7104 User ID: 6070129 93615
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!"

locababy18 User ID: 6040779 93614
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"This Calzone was the best ive made and i will make it again."

erinmyhrer User ID: 2253432 208309
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"My family loves this recipe. I always cut it down to fit just one meal and it turns out great! I also like that the sauce is added at the end as a preference as some people in my family (my kids) just want it plain."

Detrick User ID: 1002007 160236
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"Have made multiple times! Freezes well. Add garlic salt to the top. Make extra meatballs because they are tasty."

ksmithco User ID: 1590440 92387
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"I always bake my own bread from fresh milled whole grains, so I used the equivalent of one loaf of my dough to make this recipe and prepared 1/3 of the rest of the recipe. I also sauteed onion and sweet pepper while the meatballls were baking and piled those on top of the meatballs, and then the cheese. We found this to be really tasty with the changes I had made. There were a lot of meatballs so I froze half of them for another meal."

G.Parsons User ID: 5020395 73667
Reviewed May. 16, 2010

"Good recipe. Added garlic, salt,pepper, ketchup to meatballs. Used 16oz of cheese. Dough would not stretch 12 in. wide so did 6 in. and stretched it longer. Put in 16 meatballs and cheese and pulled the top lengthwise over meatballs. Pulled bottom crust over top around edges to make a pouch. Baked as directed. Delicious!"

hollyespen User ID: 4962992 93613
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Taste is good. There is way to much dough for the amount of meatballs. I also used more mozz cheese. It will definately serve a bunch!"

mommasunshine User ID: 2363240 144804
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"I would make this again but I would add onion and garlic to the meatballs. I would also cut the amount of bread in half, it was way too much."

LauraManning User ID: 968398 92376
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"To speed things up, I used frozen Italian style meatballs and cooked them in the oven before putting them in the dough. Also, the dough doesn't roll out very well until it's room temperature. Excellent dish!"

Linda LK User ID: 3327704 144803
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2008

"I have been trying to find a good calzone recipe that I can freeze...and I love meatballs. I live alone so I especially like making recipes that I can freeze ahead for those nites I don't feel like cooking just for myself. Hey, Cori, I'm down here in Mesa."

FACSteacher User ID: 759865 93612
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2008

"I don't make the calzones from this recipe. I use the meatballs for sub sandwiches and they are wonderful. I keep them in the freezer. They are fast to reheat in the microwave and then I add a little jarred spaghetti sauce and place onto buns."

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