Our Sausage and Pepper Calzones are a family favorite! Super easy to make too!

Please accept our apologies…this Sausage and Pepper Calzone recipe is long overdue!

We’ve been planning to share one of our favorite calzone recipes here on A Family Feast for a long time because the word “calzone” shows up almost every week on our website’s search report that lists all of the different recipes our readers search for on our site, but don’t find. 🙁 (We’re sorry to keep you waiting!)

So finally – here is one of our favorites – a delicious Sausage and Pepper Calzone!

Our Sausage and Pepper Calzones are a family favorite! Super easy to make too!

Calzones originated in Naples, Italy and are shaped like a folded pizza. But interestingly, according to Wikipedia, the word references “stocking” or “trouser” in Italian. Traditionally, calzones were made from salted bread dough, but here in the United States, calzones are most often made out of pizza dough like our recipe today.

Making a calzone is really very easy! After rolling out the dough, you just fill it with your favorite meats, cheeses and vegetables. We filled ours with an easy no-cook pizza sauce, pre-cooked sweet Italian sausage, sautéed red peppers and onions, pesto, and a mix of ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.

Our Sausage and Pepper Calzones are a family favorite! Super easy to make too!

Once filled, fold the dough over, pinch the edges with your fingers and cut some slits in the top so the air inside the calzone vents as it bakes. Once it is golden on the outside and hot and melted on the inside, remove the oven and serve.  You can slice larger calzones in half, or smaller calzones can be served as a standalone hot pocket.

Our Sausage and Pepper Calzones are a family favorite! Super easy to make too!

We like to serve our Sausage and Pepper Calzone with an additional bowl of pizza sauce on the side – you can use your favorite jarred sauce, our Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce, or our Easy No-Cook Pizza Sauce.

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Sausage and Pepper Calzone

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces pizza dough
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ large plump red bell pepper, cut into vertical strips
  • ½ large yellow onion sliced vertically
  • ¼ teaspoon dry oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 Italian sausage links, removed from casing (sweet or hot – your choice)
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons pesto
  • 4 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • Flour for dusting your counter workspace
  • Corn meal for pizza peel
  • 1 egg
  • Pizza stone

Instructions

  1. On a floured surface cut the pizza dough in half, roll into two round discs and place in a warm place covered with a dish towel while you prepare the rest of the dish.
  2. In a large sauté pan, over medium high, place oil and heat.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add peppers, onions, oregano, garlic and pepper flakes and reduce to medium and cook for about five minutes until they have softened but still have a bit of a crunch. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
  4. In the same pan over medium high, place sausage and break apart with two wooden spoons into small pieces. Cook until browned and no longer pink, about five minutes. Pour into a strainer and strain out all fat. Discard fat and set cooked sausage aside.
  5. When the dough has warmed up and is pliable, preheat the oven to 525 degrees and place a pizza stone in the center of the oven on rack.
  6. On a floured surface, flatten each disc to 10 inches round.
  7. Sprinkle the pizza peel with corn meal and place one 10 inch round over top.
  8. Smear half of one side with half of the ricotta leaving about a half inch edge.
  9. Spoon half the pestoover the ricotta.
  10. Spoon half the pizza sauce over the mixture, again keeping the edge clean.
  11. Top with half the cooked onions and peppers.
  12. Top with half the cooked sausage meat.
  13. Top with half the mozzarella and half the Parmesan.
  14. Wet the edge near the filling with water, leaving the other side dry.
  15. Fold the dry half over the filling, meeting the wet edge.
  16. Starting from one corner, pull the bottom dough up and slightly over the top dough and pinch. Continue from tip to tip and then go back and do it again so the seal is solid.
  17. Mix the egg with a fork and brush it over the top leaving the edge untouched.
  18. Take a sharp knife and make three slits across the center for steam to escape.
  19. Slide the calzone onto the pizza stone and time it 8 minutes. Check for browning and doneness and bake for 2 more minutes if needed.
  20. Repeat steps above for second dough disc.
  21. Serve cut in half with additional pizza sauce on the side for dipping.

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  • Cassandra wrote:

    I’m in the middle of preparing these calzones (my kitchen smells amazing and your pizza sauce is to die for!)…however, I’m a bit overwhelmed by all of the instructions. I feel like this recipe would be a good candidate for a video so I can actually see you doing some of the steps. Hoping I’m doing this right, but looking forward to devouring them anyway! 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for your comment Cassandra! Jack and I have actually been talking about including videos in some of our posts with more complicated instructions…we hope to start that in the coming months. I hope your calzones were delicious and thanks for taking the time to write to us!

  • Anita wrote:

    Your calzones are so perfect looking! We always do pizza night, maybe now we’ll have to mix it up with calzone night!

  • Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic wrote:

    Anything wrapped in pizza dough and baked is a winner in my house. My boys will surely love the sausage in this calzone.

  • Kim Beaulieu wrote:

    I love calzones, one of my favourite foods in the world. This is so fabulous. Sausage and peppers are such a hit, even better in calzones.

  • heather | girlichef wrote:

    The color you got on these calzones is amazing! I love the filling, too – such a delicious meal.

  • Angie | Big Bear’s Wife wrote:

    I accept your apology… now hand it over! haha Seriously though, making this for my husband soon!

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

    My youngest son has been BEGGING me to make him a calzone. Knowing his love of sausages, I have a feeling he would absolutely love this one!

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    Just gorgeous, and as usual you pictures are stunning! I’m eating them all with my eyes. 🙂

  • Carol at Wild Goose Mama wrote:

    This looks waaaaaaaay easier than I thought it would be. Oh my it looks out of sight
    delicious.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Carol! (It’s very easy to make calzones!)

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious wrote:

    Look at the sheen on that crust! Perfection!! I love a good calzone. Sausage is definitely the way to go.

  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition wrote:

    Oh these look amazing! Your dough looks fantastic too 🙂

  • Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos wrote:

    OMG this looks amazing! I haven’t had a calzone in forever – I clearly need to rectify this 🙂

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes wrote:

    Oh what I wouldn’t give for one of these calzones right now!! Anything Italian is right up my alley 🙂

  • Michelle wrote:

    These look like a great lunch for my kids. Do you really cook them at 500 degrees? I was confused because the recipe says they need to be cooked at a lower temp for a longer time?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Michelle – Yes – that is correct. We bake our pizzas at 550 degrees for 7 minutes. This is baked at oven temps of between 500-525 degrees for about 10 minutes. Hope that helps – sorry for the confusion!

  • Stephanie @ Back for Seconds wrote:

    Oh yum! My family would be so happy if I made this for dinner!

  • Laura ~RYG wrote:

    These calzones look absolutely fantabulous, making my mouth water. So good! Here in Buffalo, we have restaurants that serve up calzones but call them Pods, they are very good! But you make making my own seem so easy.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Laura! How interesting…! I’ve never heard of Pods before! Hope you’ll give making homemade calzones a try!

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