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This Sausage and Cheese Calzone has a made-from-scratch dough that’s stuffed with flavorful sausage and cheese for a delicious dinner that is sure to please. 

Calzone cut in half laying on a wood countertop.

This recipe is sponsored by Jimmy Dean. All opinions expressed are my own.

What is the difference between a stromboli and a calzone?

Both stromboli and calzone are a type of turnover filled with meats and cheeses. A stromboli is made from a rectangular piece of dough that has been topped with fillings. It is then rolled into a log shape and baked. A calzone is made from a circular piece of dough and the fillings are placed in the center. It is then folded into a half circle shape and baked.

What does calzone mean?

Calzone is an Italian word that refers to a folded pizza. Calzone originates in the Naples region of Italy.

What kind of sausage should I use in this recipe?

This recipe requires a fresh sausage that needs to be cooked. We recommend Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Sausage. They have several different flavor options so you can choose from Regular, Hot, Sage, or Maple to give your recipe a unique twist. We personally prefer Regular or Hot in this recipe.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Yes! This recipe calls for shredded mozzarella cheese, but you can switch things up and customize this recipe to your own personal taste preferences. Shredded provolone, fresh mozzarella, gouda, or even cheddar are all great options. The important thing to remember is that you just need a cheese that melts well.

Bird's eye view of Calzones on a baking sheet.

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Calzone cut in half laying on a wood countertop.
This Sausage and Cheese Calzone has a made-from-scratch dough that's stuffed with flavorful sausage and cheese for a delicious dinner that is sure to please. 
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water approx. 105 degrees F
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast, brown sugar, salt, water, olive oil, and flour. Knead on low until dough starts to come together. Continue kneading until the dough forms a nice, soft dough ball and the sides of the bowl are clean.
  • Let rise in a lightly greased bowl, covered, for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, make the filling. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add in sausage and cook 5 minutes. Use a spatula to break up the sausage into crumbles. After 5 minutes, add in the bell peppers and mushrooms. Continue to saute until vegetables are tender crisp and sausage is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll into circles with a 12-inch diameter. Spoon the sausage mixture onto one half of the dough, leaving a 1 inch edge. Top with 1/2 cup cheese per calzone. Fold the dough over the filling and seal the edges.
  • Transfer stuffed calzones to a lightly greased baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to make three slits in the top of each calzone to allow steam to vent.
  • Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until bread is golden brown. Serve hot.


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1122mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1440IU | Vitamin C: 63.1mg | Calcium: 288mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Calzone
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March 25, 2020 11:03 am

5 stars
Absolutely delicious! Made twice now. Second time I divided the dough into 8 parts for smaller calzones. Worked great. Company loved them. I used yellow and red peppers the second time.

Carol Marra
April 19, 2018 10:32 am

5 stars
You can put what ever you want to put in it people.
Anyway…. if I handed my son a calzone on a plate and it wasnt filled some kind of meat, he’d look at me like I was nuts lol. Adults dont want a calzone with just cheese. Thats just a cheese sandwich. Give her a break.

Marian Quigley
July 28, 2018 1:28 pm
Reply to  Carol Marra

5 stars
I totally agree, Carol. Thanks for responding.

Carolyn L Gray
May 27, 2020 7:51 pm

I made this recipe with my daughter for the first time. I wasn’t able to get all of the vegetables and sausage on the dough rounds. I was afraid of stuffing with too much. After making I realized that I could have put more filling in the dough. I also had difficulty making round shapes of dough, however, they managed to look more like the pictures. If I made this again, I would add chopped cloves of garlic and chopped onion to the meat mixture to add more flavor. I’ve used Jimmy Dean sausage for years. It’s so affordable and… Read more »

April 4, 2020 6:37 pm

Can these calzones be frozen?

April 13, 2019 5:09 pm

I also use leftover rotisserie chicken with broccoli and mozzarella cheese to make a lighter tasting calzone but enjoy both equally

April 22, 2018 9:01 am

What goes in a Calzone? What goes on a Pizza… There is your answer. Personally I do not like sauce inside, prefer to use warm sauce as a dipping sauce.

February 14, 2020 6:09 pm

Is there a ready made dough that would as well? I have a small kitchen with no real counter space. Would love to try this.

February 16, 2020 2:18 pm
Reply to  Tressa

We prefer calzones when they’re made from scratch, but any ready made pizza dough should do. You can find balls of pizza dough in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

Lori Moore
January 1, 2020 8:52 am

5 stars
Fabulous!!! So yummy!

Robert Riddell
October 28, 2020 9:46 am

Wonder if I could use frozen pie dough? Not big on bakery.

Dione Davis
August 15, 2020 5:41 pm

5 stars
Loved this! So quick and easy to put together. Thank you for sharing!

August 5, 2020 8:40 am

5 stars
Thank you so much – my entire family LOVED these! This was the most complimented meal of the month

Linda Thompson
July 30, 2020 2:04 pm

I didn’t have mushrooms last time I made these, I added diced onion instead. They were delicious. Love. This chef’s style and recipes.

I made them today with both the chopped onion and mushrooms added. This time there was too much liquid, so I drained it off. We’ll find out tonight how they taste.

BakhariYah Ysrayl
July 26, 2020 12:49 pm

5 stars
This looks so good! I was wondering how I could replace the instant yeast with active dry yeast?

July 27, 2020 9:01 am

If you want to substitute with active dry yeast, you will simply need to let your yeast dissolve in the warm water first. Using the same amount of yeast called for in the recipe, dissolve into the 1 1/3 cup warm water for 5-10 minutes, then proceed with mixing all of your ingredients together in the stand mixer.

Sally Mayo
May 25, 2020 9:33 pm

5 stars
So good, I did make a little sauce to add to the meat, and use as a did ! I think this will be so good ! First time making a bread dough

March 8, 2020 1:11 pm

Rachel, can the dough be mixed by hand ? I dont have a stand mixer.

March 25, 2020 11:04 am
Reply to  Karen

Yes. That’s what I do

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