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Sure to be one of your family’s favorite, this easy calzone recipe is a great way to get something green into your kid’s.  Serve with a side of pizza sauce for dipping and a side salad for an easy and healthy meal.



8 ounces ricotta cheese

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, very finely minced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 ½ teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

¼ cup all-purpose flour, for dusting

1 pound fresh pizza dough, room temperature

1 large egg

2 tablespoons heavy cream


Line a fine-mesh sieve with a paper towel and spoon the ricotta cheese into the lined sieve.  Place the sieve over a large bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow some of the extra moisture to drain.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.  Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil, onion, and garlic.  Saute until the onion becomes soft and translucent.

Stir in the red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, salt, and spinach until well combined.  Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, add the drained ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and ¼ cup of grated Parmesan.  Stir well.

Lightly dust a flat surface with flour.  Place the dough onto the floured surface and cut the ball into 4 equal pieces.

Using your floured hands, flatten each piece into an 8-inch round and place on the baking sheet.

Spread ¼ of the spinach filling evenly over half of each dough round, leaving at least a 1-inch border around all edges.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

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