Classic Calzone Recipe

February 27, 2021 4 Comments

This is a fast and easy classic calzone recipe..

Classic Calzone Recipe

From the recipe collection of Al Dente Diva

Where I’m from in Jersey calzones are a staple at every pizza place around. They come with lots of different filing options. However. I feel like the classics are classics for a reason. They’re the best!

That’s why I decided to stick to a classic calzone recipe for this post. Feel free to experiment with different filling options if you’d like. But I have to address one thing.

Calzones have ricotta cheese in them. That’s the law of the land around here and I’m sticking to that. If you make a “calzone” with no ricotta it’s not a classic calzone. Well, not by our definition at least. It could be Stromboli or pepperoni bread even but definitely not a calzone.

So please, if you’re going to add to this recipe by all means do so. But don’t you dare omit that ricotta cheese. The tri state area just won’t allow it. New Jersey thanks you in advance.

Now that we’ve addressed that small issue let’s get to the classic calzone recipe. Oh, and if you like this recipe you’d love my Vodka Sauce, too.


  • Pizza dough
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Egg
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Olive oil


1. First add the ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, egg & all the seasonings to a medium size bowl. Stir to combine.

2. Second roll out pizza dough into a circle.

3. Then spoon some filling onto one side of the circle.

4. Now pull the dough on the opposite side over the side that has the filling. Pinch it closed tightly using your fingers or a spoon.

5. Next transfer the calzone to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush the top with a little bit of olive oil. Cut a few slits on the top for ventilation.

6. Finally bake at 475° for about 15-20 minutes or until the calzone is nice and golden brown.

7. Serve warm and with a side of marinara if desired.

Just an fyi…

  • I get my dough from local pizza places. They are usually very happy to sell some. $2.00 for a large and $3.00 for an extra large. Can’t beat that.
  • Feel free to add your favorite filling like pepperoni, sausage and veggies for example.
  • Calzones are usually portioned out pretty large and served as a meal. To make smaller ones use less dough and they’re the perfect sized appetizers.
  • If you’re looking for a sauce to serve with this heres a great BASIC TOMATO SAUCE recipe
  • Check out the comment section of this recipe on TIK TOK for even more inspiration.

Classic Calzone Recipe

A super fast and easy classic calzone recipe
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: calzone, calzone recipe, classic calzone
Servings: 4


  • baking sheet
  • Rolling Pin
  • pastry brush


  • 1 ball Pizza Dough
  • 1 cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 large Egg Beaten
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Oregano dried
  • Basil dried
  • Parsley dried
  • Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper


  • Add the mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta, egg & all the seasoning into a medium sized bowl. Stir to combine
  • Break the pizza dough into 4ths and roll each out into a circle.
  • Add a few tablespoons onto one half of the circle. Leave a little room on the sides to seal shut.
  • Pull the other side of the dough over the ricotta filling. Seal the seam of dough together using your fingers or a knife.
  • Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Brush the top of each calzone with olive oil and make a few ventilation cuts using a sharp knife
  • Bake at 500 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown



I do not like to give measurements for spices because everyone taste and sensitivity varies. Please add your preferred amount. 
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Anonymous March 2, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Awesome recipe! I agree, can’t have a calzone without the ricotta! Thanks for sharing the tomato sauce recipe too!!

    • Al Dente Diva March 2, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      Absolutely my pleasure. I hope you like it. Thank you!

  • Jacqueline Amarante March 2, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    OM cheese is this amazing!! I simply love all her recipes because there is simple easy to follow feels like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen lol

    • Al Dente Diva March 2, 2022 at 8:19 pm

      Hey Jacqueline! Thank you so so much. You’re awesome

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