homemade calzone recipe
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homemade calzones with turkey pepperoni

Pioneer Woman recipes make you feel like somehow your rendition of her recipes will come out looking just as delectable. After about a million tries, my end results on the majority of her recipes  come out looking like, I don’t know. Let’s just say a hot mess.

Oh but those hot messes taste nothing like they look. The tragedy of their final outcome can never be compared to their taste and these homemade calzones were no different.

Telling you now these were a little labor intensive. You’ll start off with some unrisen rolls. If I were you I would make sure to follow the directions and cover them. I heard if you leave them uncovered the tops of them get really hard making it hard to roll them flat.

Heard as in I know.

homemade calzone recipe

You’ll be doing a little chopping and after that the rest of the recipe seems to be pretty easy. Don’t beat yourself up if your end result in the looks department leaves a bit to be desired. Manipulating the dough was not an easy task.

homemade calzone recipe

homemade calzone recipe

Moving away from pork was difficult for me. Much like some of y’all live for bacon, insert pepperoni for me. I finally am able to enjoy my pepperoni again with the discovery of turkey pepperoni.

Nope, not quite the same in the taste department but they are good.

homemade calzone recipe

After rolling your dough flat and stuffing with a mixture of cheese and pepperoni  closing it is the most difficult step. If you try this I suggest putting a small amount of filling in. It makes it so much easier to seal the calzone.

homemade calzone recipe

Bake for a few minutes and ring the dinner bell. It’s time to eat.

homemade calzone recipe


Homemade Turkey Pepperoni Calzones
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Serves: 8
  • 16 whole Frozen, Unrisen Dinner Rolls (I Use Rhodes) Note: Can Also Use Frozen Bread Loaves.
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1 pound Breakfast Or Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 15 ounces, fluid Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1-1/2 cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • Marinara Sauce, For Serving
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten
  1. Place frozen rolls (or frozen bread loaves) on a baking sheet to thaw. Cover with a tea towel and let thaw and rise for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and allow to cook for a couple of minutes. Add sausage and cook until brown, crumbling the sausage as you stir. Add Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Remove from pan and allow to cool on a plate.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley. When sausage is cool, stir it in. Set aside.
  5. When rolls are thawed and risen, roll them out on a lightly floured surface until paper thin. Spoon 3-4 tablespoons (approximately) filling onto half of the dough circle. Fold half of the dough over itself, then press edges to seal.
  6. *Note: If you want a larger calzone, use frozen bread loaves and use about 1/4 to 1/3 of the loaf for each calzone.
  7. Brush surface of calzone with beaten egg, then bake for 10-13 minutes, or until nice and golden brown. Serve with warm marinara sauce.



  • Reply
    February 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Oh my am I drooling! Those look incredible!

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    February 2, 2016 at 9:27 am

    These calzones would be great at my Super Bowl party! They look really good and you did a great job! Pioneer Woman would be proud!

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    Esther | The Cuteness
    February 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Oh man, these look amazing!! I kind of want one right now and it’s only 8:30 in the morning. Is that bad? 😉

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    February 2, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I love calzones but I’ve never made them at home. I never knew it could be this easy to make! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

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    February 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Ahhhh great pics! Your post reminded me I used to love making these pre-kids and would do meatless with low-fat refried beans, salsa and cheese. So, so good! I think I need to resurrect them for me and hubby…

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    Jaime Nicole
    February 2, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    These turned out so great! They sound delicious and look wonderful – very nicely executed. I can’t wait to try these out with the family.

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    Jennifer Pilgrim
    February 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    This recipe looks so fun and yummy. Great photography, too! Nice work.

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    February 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Yum! Your photography is great and I love the Burberry-esq rolling pin! hehe

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    February 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Yummy! I do love homemade recipe, I’m sure hubby would also love this recipe.

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    Heather @ Kraus House Mom
    February 2, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I haven’t made a calzone in years. I forgot how easy it can be. My kids would love this recipe.

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    Rebecca Swenor
    February 3, 2016 at 3:38 am

    These homemade calzones sound amazingly delicious. I have not made calzones in a while so this recipe I will have to try with the turkey pepperoni. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    February 3, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Yum. I make something like this for my kiddos, and they just love it. I don’t think I’ve ever used turkey pepperoni before though. I think that would be delicious. These look wonderful!

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    Mimi Green
    February 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Pinterest taught me that my food won’t always look like the picture. haha They look good though and I’m sure the family would love them. This is for real cooking.

    I don’t think I could quit bacon. lol

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    February 3, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    This looks super yummy!!!

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    Susan Quackenbush
    February 3, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve never made homemade calzones before but this recipe looks so yummy that I may have to try it! Thank you for sharing this fantastic, and delicious, recipe! 🙂

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    February 4, 2016 at 2:22 am

    I love Calzones… this is a great recipe and I love your photography

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    February 4, 2016 at 3:10 am

    I’m getting hungry!!!! I’ve never thought to make calzones at home! and is your cutting board just the cutest cutting board ever or what? it is!

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    Jasmine Watts
    February 5, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I love calzones! I do love homemade recipe and your photography is great!!

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    Jennifer Pritchard Kearney
    February 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Mmm these calzones look so delicious. I’ve never tried making them before, but now I will! Thanks for sharing.

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    February 6, 2016 at 7:49 am

    These looks so yummy! don’t worry my recipes never end up looking like they do in the books either haha as long as they taste good

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    February 23, 2016 at 8:51 am

    This recipe is a staple in our home. Love the images. Thanks for sharing.

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