Spicy Calzone

Sarah Farish


This is kid tested and approved! I have a difficult time pleasing my son but he LOVED this one. I have also made this in a Philly Cheesesteak style but this "Spicy Italian" is his favorite. The Conecuh sausage gives it the heat and of course you can add as much as you like. It is super quick and easy to make on a busy weeknight. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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20 Min


35 Min


Convection Oven

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
No need for takeout when you can make delicious calzones for the family at home. This recipe makes two large log type calzones. What makes this calzone a little different, is adding the spicy smoked kielbasa. It's a great addition combined with all the other flavors. These cheesy, gooey, easy, and delicious calzones will get two thumbs up from your entire crew.

Note: The brand of kielbasa sausage Sarah calls for is Conecuh. If you can't find this brand, any spicy smoked brand will work.


1 lb
ground beef or sausage
24 slice
mozzarella cheese
12 slice
1/2 lb
Connecuh sausage, sliced
1 jar(s)
spaghetti sauce (I used Paul Newman's for ease)
2 can(s)
Pillsbury pizza dough
3/4 Tbsp
butter, melted
1 small
onion, chopped
1/2 tsp
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp
Parmesan cheese
1 tsp
Italian seasoning
1 medium
bell pepper, chopped

Directions Step-By-Step

Brown ground beef or sausage with onion and bell pepper. Stir in sliced Connecuh sausage. (Feel free to add any meat you like, Italian sausage is awesome). Drain meat.
Pour in 3/4 jar of Paul Newman's Garlic & Herb spaghetti sauce (or your choice I use PN's for ease and it has a lot of flavor).
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning.
Spray your long jelly roll pan with Pam. Roll out the pizza dough in a square or round shape, your choice.
Line the dough with slices of mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.
In the center spoon the meat sauce.
For the square shaped: Fold over one end and then fold the other end to overlap. Fold the end pieces up to seal the calzone. Fold over so the seam is on the bottom. For the Round dough: Fold over like a crescent moon and pinch the ends to close the calzone.
I brush my calzone with melted butter and sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
While this is baking I heat the remaining sauce in a saucepan on medium/low for dipping or drizzling over the calzone.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pizza
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: The Great Tailgate!
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids