Pesto-Sausage Calzones

So twice a month I make a batch of pizza dough, divide it up, plastic wrap each piece, and freeze them all. And then once a week, I bake fresh calzones, pizza bites, or a big pizza pie. Life can be so easy sometimes.

I love making calzones because I can just put whatever I want in them. This time I had extra pesto spread and Italian sausage links in the fridge, those two ingredients plus shredded mozzarella made for a pretty tasty calzone.

The total cost set me back hardly anything at all. I used leftover-ed ingredients, and the pizza dough came from ingredients already in my pantry.

Ingredients for 4 calzones:

  • ½ pizza dough, thawed and divided into 4 equal pieces
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • ½ cup basil pesto
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic salt

Allow dough to sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.

In a frying pan, add some olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the sausage and break into small pieces. Cook thoroughly and set aside.

Roll each piece of dough into 10-inch circles.

Spread the pesto onto one side. Add ¼ cup mozzarella cheese and sprinkle of ¼ of the meat. Top with another ¼ cup mozzarella and then 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese. Fold over the dough and seal edges. Brush with some olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Bake on greased baking sheet (or parchment paper) for 15 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before digging in.

Serve with tomato sauce if desired.

Published in: on March 28, 2011 at 7:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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