Sausage & Broccoli Calzones

sausage and broccoli calzoneHere's an easy any-night family dinner that everyone will love. These sausage and broccoli calzones are a snap to whip up, and contain all the deliciousness of pizza, but in fun personal portions. Plus, they're a great way to get your kids to eat broccoli without complaining.

This recipe is from the new Real Simple cookbook, Dinner Tonight: Done. They sent me a review copy a few weeks ago, and I've found a ton of great recipes in it like this one. I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for some creative but easy family dinners. And now for the calzones:


Sausage & Broccoli Calzones

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more for the baking sheet and brushing
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links (about 8)
  • 1 pound plain or whole-wheat pizza dough, thawed if frozen
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella (12 ounces)
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup marinara sauce


Heat oven to 425°F. Oil a large rimmed baking sheet.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the sausages, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Slice.

Shape the dough into four 8-inch rounds. Dividing evenly, top half of each round with the sausages, cheese, and broccoli. Fold the dough over and pinch the edges to seal. Place on the prepared baking sheet and brush with oil. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve with the marinara sauce.

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