Quick and Easy Spinach Calzones

My husband and kids love to make (and eat) homemade pizza. We enjoy a good vegetable, white, or traditional pizza at least one night a week. This easy to prepare meal has even been part of our camping menu.

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Since the kids love pizza so much, we decided to experiment in the kitchen to see what other options we could come up with. Now, calzones are tied for first choice when it comes to planning our weekly menu.

I like to use a baking stonebut I’ve been eyeballing dedicated metal pizza plates lately, so I may switch to one of those in the future.

If you do use either one of these cooking platforms, make sure you preheat your oven (along with the plate or stone) for an extra 20-30 minutes. They have a lot of mass and it takes time to get up to temperature. A regular cooking sheet works also.

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Quick and Easy Spinach Calzones
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Quick and Easy Spinach Calzones | Foodal.com
Quick and Easy Spinach Calzones
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4 Calzones
  • 2 balls prepared pizza dough
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups spinach frozen or fresh
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups tomato sauce for dipping
Servings: Calzones
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta, parmesan, 2 cloves of garlic, oregano, and basil, and pepper.
  3. In a medium sauce pan add olive oil and 1 clove of garlic.
  4. Cook until garlic starts to soften and add spinach.
  5. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Separate dough into four balls.
  7. Roll each out on a lightly floured surface.
  8. Grease baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal.
  9. Place dough on baking sheet and spread ½ cup mozzarella and about ¼ of filling and ¼ of spinach in the center of the dough.
  10. Fold dough over top to create the traditional pizza parlor half moon shape.
  11. Seal by pinching the dough with your fingers.
  12. Repeat with remaining dough and filling, spacing calzones evenly apart on the baking sheets.
  13. Bake 15 minutes or until golden.
  14. Serve with warm tomato sauce for dipping.
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20 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Spinach Calzones”

  1. Calzones are a great and less messy way to eat pizza. I like them for leftovers they are easier to reheat and as you say are great for picnics and barbecues. They are also easier to slice up and people can have portion sizes rather than slices. I personally like garlic and mushrooms in mine too as it adds more flavor.

  2. These look really good and I love how it’s a spinach calzone instead of a type of meat as it is a healthier choice. This is also a great alternative for pizza as it is less messy! I would really love to try this soon at home and see if my family likes it as well. Awesome recipe!

  3. Spinach calzones sound delicious. I love anything using ricotta and spinach, and this looks very doable for anytime, even a weeknight. I’m having to cut back on acid in my diet, which unfortunately means less pizza, so this might be a great alternative. The dipping sauce should be minimal enough to appease my ulcer, and I’ll still get my ‘pizza’ fix.

  4. Calzones! They’re some of my favorite things. I discovered them at a restaurant I love, and this recipe looks really similar to some of the ones I order frequently. Awesome to know I can make them in the comfort of my own home, thank you for the idea!

  5. I like calzones because of how portable they are. I don’t really like spinach but it has been growing on me. Especially on pizza. I hated in when I was little but now I am starting to like it. As long as it is not really mushy I am OK. I also need to buy a new pizza stone. I used to love cooking with one that I had. It worked great.

    • Most veggies or meats work in this recipe if you don’t like spinach. Try broccoli or even sausage and peppers.

      • The spinach works for me. It’s one of the few veggies that my pickiest eater will eat. Go figure.

        My question is if I can use (thawed) frozen bread dough for this, since it is usually what I use a base for my pizza. Would they still turn out or no?

        Either way, I still want to make these. I think my kiddo will eat them up.

  6. This recipe is so much simpler than I imagined. Especially for being such a delicious dish. This is a great way to get the kids to eat, and enjoy, the green veggies. The cheese and dough make it irresistable.
    This is my first time ever seeing corn meal used to roll the dough out with. I am wondering how significant it is? I just want to make this dish, and for it to taste as good as the picture looks!

    • The corn meal works really well to prevent the dough from sticking to the pan and facilitates easy removal.

  7. This seems like a really easy recipe!
    One question I do have is whether the combination of cheeses should be exactly riccotta, mozzarella and parmesan? Would other cheeses work fine with the recipe as well?
    Aside from that (and with a little mushroom) this sounds like a perfect recipe for a cozy night at home in front of the TV as well 🙂

    • You can use whatever combination of cheeses are your favorite (or that you happen to have on hand.) You can’t go wrong with cheese!

  8. This recipe looks refreshing. When I saw the word calzone I instantly thought of Pizza Hut commercials. But that calzone in the photo looks great for a lunch

  9. Calzones are great! Especially for kids. This looks like a relatively easy recipe and is on my must try list even though ricotta cheese is not my favorite I still love calzones. Maybe I could try making it without the ricotta? I just recently started really liking spinach so I’m always on the look out for more recipes.

  10. Thanks Jennifer for such a great recipe. I’ve never had the courage to make Calzones. I guess I was just scared of messing it up, but this recipe seems simple enough for me to finally try making them. My husband and I are huge spinach lovers so it will be a huge hit in my household. Thanks again!

  11. Amazing! My mouth is watering! I’m going to add some chopped up grilled chicken breast and a little more garlic to the recipe. Call me crazy, but I’m also going to have some homemade mustard on the side as a dipping sauce. I read an awesome article about how to make your own mustard here on the website. I would also like to make some homemade marinara sauce for dipping. Does anyone know of any good marinara recipies?

  12. Spinach calzones are one of my favorite things to get from pizzerias. I find they are much lighter on my stomach then meat based versions. This recipe looks amazing! I find that the key with pizza and pizza-like food items other then the sauce is the dough. A good dough will make or break the meal.

  13. I absolutely love making dough with yeast, speaking about pizza or something sweet like cinnamon buns I enjoy working with them. Calzones are too, a good idea because they are transportable, so good for picnics or for school lunch, or even just for a meal on the go.

  14. I didn’t realize calzones can be easy to make just by using pizza dough! As someone who’s not very adept at the kitchen yet, this recipe sounds simple enough for me to follow. The steps enumerated were quite true to its title. If I were to try this, I might skip the ricotta cheese though. I’m a bit of a cheapskate and the ricotta cheese that I found in our grocery stores are a bit pricey.

  15. I love the idea of the mini calzone, but I would probably go with a different filling as all that cheese is a bit too rich for me. I’d probably put some cottage cheese in there to go with the spinach, and maybe even some pepperoni.

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