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Zesty, cheesy and perfect for pizza night this Italian Meat Stromboli recipe is an easy and delicious addition to your weeknight routine!

Stromboli cut in half to show the insides.

We do a lot of pizza round here. Like a lot! We have 4 kids to feed and sometimes are short on time, so we love to whip up pizza whenever we can. Sometimes its frozen and sometimes it’s homemade but whatever version it is it always goes over well.

The dough used in this Stromboli recipe is my all time favorite go-to dough of choice. It has minimal ingredients and whips up quick (minus the rising time). We have used it for breadsticks, pizza crust and stuffed cheesy bread and it has never failed us once!


A calzone is pretty much just a pizza folded in half, stuffed with your favorite pizza toppings and baked. A calzone is rolled so it has layers of your crust and toppings in each and every slice.


You can pretty much put anything you want in your Stromboli. The basics are starting with either a pizza dough or a bread dough and you stuff it with cheese, pizza sauce and cold cut meats. We like to mix it up and do different variations of our strombolis making them chicken, supreme, Philly cheesesteak and so many others.


Stromboli is usually baked in a 400 degree oven for about 20-25  minutes depending on the size. They don’t take long to bake up and they feed a crowd!

With our kids in so many activities throughout the year, we like to keep some homemade pizza dough on hand for the nights where we want to whip out some regular pizza or these delicious Pepperoni Strombolis!

If you like these you might also like this Italian Pasta Salad, Supreme Pizza Sliders and these Supreme Pizza Egg Rolls!

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTubeFacebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Stromboli cut in half to show the insides.
Zesty, cheesy and perfect for pizza night this Italian Meat Stromboli recipe is an easy and delicious addition to your weeknight routine!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 pound sliced Italian cold cuts or pepperoni
  • 1-1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Parsley
  • In bowl of stand mixer whisk together water, sugar and yeast . Add in flour and salt and with dough hook mix on medium speed just until dough comes together.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400. Turn dough out onto lightly floured piece of parchment paper and roll out into a large rectangle.
  • Spread your pizza sauce over dough until about 1" away from edges. Top with sliced cold cuts or pepperoni and then sprinkle with cheese.
  • Roll up cinnamon roll style and transfer parchment paper to a baking sheet. Brush with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with parmesan and parsley.
  • Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes until golden. Serve hot with extra pizza sauce if desired.


Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 904mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Meat Stromboli
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