Whole Wheat Sausage Calzones

I love calzones…but I haven’t made them since we stopped buying processed foods. See, when I used to make this recipe, I used frozen white bread dough from the grocery store and a bunch of less-than-stellar ingredients on the inside. I finally got around to making these calzones last week using my pizza dough recipe and, just as I expected, they turned out great! They’re just like I always used to make them, but with homemade whole wheat dough and all-around better quality ingredients! They tasted so good and we all really enjoyed them. I made the dinner ‘complete’ by serving yellow bell peppers and “crunchy” carrots on the side. I am loving that my twin boys BOTH really like peppers these days. I can’t guarantee that they will tomorrow, but…I’m happy that they’ve been chowing down on them the last few times I’ve served them!

Sausage Calzones

And want to know what else is so great about making these calzones for dinner? The dough recipe I use makes so much that I can make three large calzones AND a pizza to freeze for later! Yay!!

Whole Wheat Sausage Calzones

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb bulk Italian sausage (local, free-range is ideal – I buy mine from Honored Prairie)
  • 1 recipe whole wheat pizza dough
  • Organic pizza sauce (I used one 15 oz can between the calzones and the bonus pizza)
  • Sliced fresh mushrooms
  • Mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded

Prepare the pizza dough in a bread machine. Crumble and cook sausage and mushrooms in a skillet. Add pizza sauce and stir to combine. When the dough is ready, divide it up between your pizza pan and whatever amount you want to use for the calzones. (You can also make a full batch of calzones.) Divide dough into fist-sized amounts and then roll out into a circle. Place sausage/mushroom/sauce mixture a little off center of each circle and cover with mozzarella cheese. Fold over and seal the edges with a fork. Place calzones on a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (or until lightly browned). Serve hot. Enjoy! (These are great dipped in barbecue sauce…if you can find a good quality one made from only real ingredients. Someday I hope to try making my own.)

Calzones and Pizza

To see how I prepare a pizza to freeze and bake later, check out my post: Whole Wheat Pizza Dough.

I use a Misto to spray pure olive oil on my pizza pans and baking sheets. I love it so much!

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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

6 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Sausage Calzones

    1. Thanks, Nicole! I’m sure it’s possible to make without a bread machine, I just haven’t done it. If you search online for another recipe that doesn’t use one and then just use my recipe in place of it, it should work. I know that’s not overly helpful… 😉 But it’s how I do things sometimes when I want to make something work for me!

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