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Easy Semi-Homemade Calzones

by Stephanie Clinton

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I'm all about making my life easier in the kitchen. Yes, some of my recipes are labor intensive but 99% of the time my week night dinner preparations are all about throwing together whatever the heck I can find in the pantry.

What I love about these calzones is that I didn't have to go to the trouble to make pizza dough from scratch. My secret ingredient…Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust. 


  • 1 tube Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian blend seasoning
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • olive oil


  • Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy pan, saute garlic and onion until soft.
  • Add ground beef and cook until meat is browned.
  • Drain grease.
  • Add tomato sauce, red pepper flakes and Italian blend and simmer on low for 15 minutes or until ready to assemble calzones.
  • Flour surface and spread dough out. Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out to about 1/8 inch thick. 
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the crust into squares. I was able to get 5 small calzones out of one crust. 
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese in the middle of the crust, top with meat mixture and sprinkle with a little more cheese.
  • Fold over and seal edges together by pressing with a fork.
  • Transfer to a greased baking sheet, brush with olive oil and bake at 400 for 10 minutes or until golden brown. 


Find more from Stephanie at www.hugskissesandsnot.com.

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