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Sausage, Pepper & Mozzarella Calzones

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 minutes

—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onioin
  • 3/4 cup each chopped green, sweet red and yellow peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sherry or chicken broth
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh oregano, divided
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary, divided
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3 teaspoons cornmeal
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Add sausage, onion and peppers. Cook until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. Stir in sherry, 1 teaspoon each oregano and rosemary, vinegar, salt and pepper; heat through. On a lightly floured surface, divide each loaf of dough into six portions. Roll each into a 6-in. circle. Brush with remaining oil; sprinkle with remaining oregano and rosemary.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon pizza sauce over half of each circle to within 1/2 in. of edge. Spoon about 1/4 cup sausage mixture over sauce. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese. Fold dough over filling; press edge with a fork to seal. Cut a small slit in top.
  4. Sprinkle cornmeal over greased baking sheets. Place calzones on baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, whisk egg and water; brush over calzones. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Warm remaining pizza sauce; serve with calzones.

Can you freeze Sausage, Pepper & Mozzarella Calzones?

Freeze cooled calzones in a resealable plastic freezer bag. To use, reheat calzones on a greased baking sheet in a preheated 375° oven until heated through.

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