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Cheesy Spinach and Sausage Calzone

Healthy Fact of the Day

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron and folate. The ricotta cheese provides protein and calcium, making this calzone a well-balanced and satisfying meal option.



For the Dough:

  • 1 cup warm water (110°F-115°F)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


For the Filling: 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 oz fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)




  1. Make the dough: In a large bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until frothy. Stir in the flour, salt, and olive oil until a shaggy dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.

  2. Prepare the filling: In a skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a spatula until browned. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

  3. In a bowl, mix the cooled sausage mixture with the ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  5. Punch down the risen dough and divide it into two equal portions. Roll each portion into a 10-inch circle on a lightly floured surface.

  6. Spoon the filling onto one half of each circle, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold the other half of the dough over the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal.

  7. Brush the top of each calzone with the beaten egg.

  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the calzones are golden brown.

  9. Let cool slightly before serving.

Enjoy these cheesy and flavorful spinach and sausage calzones for a delicious and comforting lunch or dinner!

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