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Italian Sausage–Spinach Calzones

Italian Sausage–Spinach Calzones

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
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  • 3/4 lb Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 15 oz Part-skim ricotta
  • 1 cup Italian cheese blend, shredded
  • 1 large Egg yolk
  • 10 oz Frozen spinach, thawed, drained well
  • 16 oz Fresh pizza dough
  • 1 cup Marinara sauce, extra for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Coat 2 large nonstick baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook for 6 minutes or until no longer pink, stirring to break up sausage.
  4. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook and stir 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Let cool completely.
  5. In a medium bowl combine ricotta, Italian cheese blend, egg yolk, spinach and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Cut dough into 4 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into an 8-inch round. Place rounds on baking sheets. Evenly spoon cheese mixture on half of each round, leaving a 1-inch border. Top evenly with sausage. Top each with 1/4 cup marinara.
  7. Fold dough over filling until edges almost meet. Bring bottom edge over top edge, and crimp edges to seal. Prick the tops with a fork to vent steam.
  8. Bake 12 – 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Serve with additional marinara, if desired. Serve warm.