This is a fun recipe to make with the kids. For their simple palates, you can make the calzones with just mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. Of course, you can use mushrooms, pepperoni, or whatever toppings you like instead of the spinach.
- 10 oz. refrigerated pizza crust or 1 homemade or store-bought pizza dough
- 4 cloves garlic minced, about 2 tsp.
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 yellow onion finely diced about 1 cup
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese (or use a combination)
- 1/2 cup red pasta sauce or tomato sauce optional
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Unroll the refrigerated pizza crust onto a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. (Note: If you are using fresh dough, see directions below.)
- Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut it into four even rectangles. Pat or roll each quarter into a larger rectangle, about 5 or 6-inches wide.
- Sprinkle the garlic evenly over the dough. Top each rectangle with 1/2 cup spinach, 1/4 cup onions, and 2 – 3 Tbsp. cheese. (For traditional calzones, skip the garlic and spread 1 Tbsp. of sauce in the middle of the dough. Top it with shredded mozzarella cheese.)
- Bring the opposite corners, two at a time, to the center and pinch to seal all four corners of the dough on top. Bake the calzones for 12 minutes or until golden brown. You can cool and freeze the cooked calzones and reheat them in the oven when ready to serve.)
Note for Fresh Dough
- If you are using fresh dough, cut it into quarters and roll each quarter into a ball, then stretch and roll each ball into a circle shape, about 1/4-inch thick and 6-inches across, using flour to keep it from sticking to the counter and rolling pin.
Do Ahead or Delegate: Peel the garlic, dice the onion, crumble or shred the cheese if necessary, or fully prepare and freeze the dish. Scramble Flavor Booster: Shake some red pepper flakes inside each calzone before sealing it. Tip: Frozen spinach may be even more nutritious than fresh. After just 4 days in your fridge, the nutritional benefits of fresh spinach can be slightly reduced. On the other hand, frozen spinach is processed immediately after being harvested, which locks in the nutrients. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 310, Total Fat: 11g, 17%; Saturated Fat: 6g, 32%; Cholesterol: 35mg, 11%; Sodium: 1060mg, 44%; Total Carbohydrate: 42g, 14%; Dietary Fiber: 3g, 10%; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 12g Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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