Quick Pepperoni Calzones

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 29, 2023
This calzone recipe takes the Italian favorite to the next level with Parmesan and herbs sprinkled on top. —Shannon Roum, Waukesha, Wisconsin
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  • 1 cup chopped pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce with meat
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix pepperoni, pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into 4 portions. Roll each into a 6-in. circle; top each with a scant 1/3 cup pepperoni mixture. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  3. Brush milk over tops; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and, if desired, Italian seasoning. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.

Quick Pepperoni Calzones Tips

Are calzone and pizza dough the same?

Yes! There are endless ways to customize your pizza and calzone recipes, but typically the dough is the same for both.

What makes a calzone a calzone?

A calzone is essentially a pizza that's folded over into a half-moon shape and sealed at the edges so all the filling stays on the inside. Traditionally, a calzone recipe calls for stuffing the calzone with different cheeses, including ricotta, though it can be filled with all types of traditional pizza toppings—or get creative with the best pizza toppings you're not trying. (Find out your perfect pizza topping or calzone stuffing according to your Zodiac sign!) Calzones are often served with a side of dipping sauce.

Are calzones healthier than pizza?

When you're learning how to make a calzone, you'll quickly see that the ingredients are very similar to pizza, so a calzone recipe usually isn't healthier than pizza. And although they are typically sold for one person to eat, the amount of crust used to create one is enough for two to three people to share. A calzone also allows for more filling ingredients, since it’s "stuffed," not topped.

Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 calzone: 540 calories, 23g fat (8g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 1573mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 21g protein.