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Spinach and Cheese Calzones

Last Modified: 11/05/07
First Published: 11/05/07
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These spinach and ricotta calzones are perfect comfort food on a cold night, or nice ascalzones party food. We make them slightly larger, however if you’re serving them as snack, you can make them smaller.

Three different kinds of cheeses add flavor and melts nicely. Make sure the spinach is well thawed, or you might end up with soggy calzones. Serve with a nice tomato sauce for dipping.


  • 1 batch of pizza dough
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded melting cheese (such as mozarella)
  • 1/2 cup of shredded sharp flavorful cheese (such as Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, aged sharp cheddar)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pack of frozen spinach (10 oz), thawed
  • 1 batch of tomato sauce
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In a bowl, whisk the egg together with the ricotta cheese, add the other cheeses and the garlic and onion powder plus the salt and pepper. Mke sure the spinach is well thawed (first let it drain, then put it in a dry towel or cheese cloth and squeeze as much water out as you can). Add the spinach to cheese mixture, and mix well.

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Divide the pizza dough into 8 pieces (for larger calzones). Roll each piece out into a round circle. Spoon some filling in the middle of the dough, fold it over and use a fork to zeal it together on the edges. Repeat with all the other pieces and divide the mixture evenly.

To brush all the calzones, either use some vegetable oil or an egg wash. Sprinkle some cheese on top of each calzone for added effect. Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until nice and golden. Serve with some homemade tomato sauce for dipping.