Broccoli and Pepper Calzones with Homemade Pizza Sauce

by Jennifer

Serves 4.

  • 1 lb. pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. frozen peppers and onions
  • 10 oz. package frozen broccoli cuts
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • about 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • about 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • cornmeal for dusting pan
  • Homemade Pizza Sauce – see below

Preheat oven to 450, with rack in lower third of oven.  Dust a heavy lined baking sheet with cornmeal.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add broccoli cuts and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.  Add peppers and onions and cook until vegetables are tender, another 5 minutes or so.  Remove from heat.

Divide pizza dough into 4 equal pieces;  roll each piece into an 8” circle.  Spread 2 TBS of ricotta cheese over half of each circle, leaving about a 1/2” edge free.

Top with a generous 1/3 cup vegetables,

and top that with about 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.  Fold over the other half of the dough, and stretch out the bottom edge, folding it over the top edge.  Roll the edges inward, starting from one end of the calzone toward the other, sort of forming a rope.

Transfer to baking sheet, and cut three small slits on top to vent the steam.

Bake calzones until golden and puffed, about 15 minutes.  (If there are leftover vegetables, they would be great in an egg white omelet the next day!)

Serve with Homemade Pizza Sauce on the side for dipping.

Homemade Pizza Sauce – adapted from Cooking Light

Makes about 2 1/2 cups sauce;  keep unused sauce for up to a week in the refrigerator, or freeze it for future pizzas.

  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 TBS tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 TBS dried basil
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion and saute for 3 minutes.

Add garlic and saute until fragrant.

Add wine and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.

Add remaining ingredients except for vinegar and cook on low heat for 20 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

Remove from heat and stir in vinegar.


2 thoughts on “Broccoli and Pepper Calzones with Homemade Pizza Sauce

  1. Great recipe! I like it because it’s infinitely adaptable. I made it with fresh broccollini, yellow peppers and a blend of cheeses (mozzarella, fontina and parm). I made the homemade sauce exactly as written. Great on a Saturday night, maybe not on a weeknight because I needed a few hours to make the dough. Thanks!

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