Not the Perfect Cook: Easy spinach Italian sausage and three cheese calzone

Aimee Fortney

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Spinach, sausage and three cheese calzone

Not the Perfect Cook? Really, it is not a problem. Calzones are delicious, inexpensive and easy to make at home. In the time it takes to drive to the restaurant, park, sit down, place an order and wait for the meal to arrive, you can be in your favorite T-shirt and yoga pants and will have this one already made and on the table. Once you realize how simple it is to make this at home, you may never order calzones again.

Spinach, sausage and three cheese calzone

Ingredients:

  • 1 pizza dough (purchased at bakery)
  • 2 Italian sausages, crumbled and cooked (I cooked the other three in the package, whole, for hoagies)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • Egg wash (one egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water)
  • Marinara sauce (heated) for dipping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook Italian sausages and drain on paper towels.
  3. Roll pizza dough out onto greased pizza pan.
  4. On one half of the dough, layer mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, provolone slices, spinach and then dollop the ricotta mixture on top.
  5. Fold the top half over onto the bottom and press to seal the edges.
  6. Brush the top with the egg wash (one egg beaten with 1 teaspoon of water) and make three slits in the top for steam to escape.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  8. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce (heated) on the side for dipping!

Try these other calzone recipes

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Aimee Fortney
Aimee Fortney is “Not the Perfect Cook.” Retiring at age 31 as a bilingual political consultant, Aimee is now a cookbook author, blogger, recipe developer and inspirational food lover, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Aimee can be seen on Nashville’s WSMV and you can read her blogs, recipes and funny, “Not the Perfect Cook” adventures as she strives to keep families out of the drive thru, cooking at home (on a budget) on her website, wwww.aimeefortney.com and follow her on twitter, @aimeefortney.