Affordable Family Dinners – Classic Calzones

Looking to spend more time in the kitchen with your kids? This recipe is easy to put together and fun for kids to make!

Today’s affordable family dinner recipe is courtesy of the Stark County Hunger Task Force.


Anything that goes on a pizza can go into a calzone. This recipe allows you and your kids to be as simple or as creative as you wish. Throw in sausage, ham, and bacon to make a meat lovers calzone, or combine BBQ chicken and pineapple to add a Hawaiian taste. Make this an educational experience by reading the directions and measuring out ingredients. Cooking together in the kitchen is learning made fun!


Classic Calzones


Cooking spray

1 3/4 lb. pizza dough

All-purpose flour, for surface

1 c. pizza sauce

1 c. ricotta

1/2 c. pepperoni

1 c. shredded mozzarella

Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

Kosher salt



  1. Preheat oven to 500° and grease two large baking sheets with cooking spray. Divide pizza dough into 4 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll one piece of dough out into an 8″ circle, about ¼” thick. Spoon pizza sauce in middle of dough, then dot with ricotta and top with pepperoni and mozzarella.
  2. Gently fold dough in half, dampen seams with water and pinch together, then crimp edges all around. Repeat with remaining dough. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Brush tops with oil and sprinkle with salt. Using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, slit tops in 2 to 3 spots to create steam vents.
  3. Bake until tops are golden and filling is bubbling, 20 minutes, brushing with more oil halfway through. Let cool 5 minutes before cutting open. is one of our favorite resources for easy, delicious family meals.


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