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Easy Spinach, Cheese, and Sausage Calzone Recipe

Updated on September 8, 2012
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

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This recipe for calzones with creamed spinach, cheese, and sausage is a very old Kraft recipe that my in-laws adapted. After my husband and I got married, we then further adapted (and perfected) it. It's one of our favorites. We hope that it will become a favorite of yours, too!

Have you tried the recipe? Let people know what you think!

4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Spinach, Cheese, and Sausage Calzone

Cook Time

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 13 min
Ready in: 53 min
Yields: 8 calzones
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You can adjust the cheese and meat to fit your personal preferences. I have substituted Colby jack on a few occasions when we didn't have mozzarella or Parmesan, and it was delicious. If you prefer a spicier sausage, look for the hot Jimmy Dean's variety or try a hot Italian sausage. You may need to try a couple different grocery stores to find hot roll mix and frozen creamed spinach. Don't despair! They are out there and are well worth it for this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz. box hot roll mix, Pillsbury, in the baking section with mixes such as banana bread
  • 1 9 oz. package frozen creamed spinach (Green Giant), thawed
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 lb. Jimmy Dean's regular premium pork sausage
  • 1/3 cup grated/shredded Parmesan cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil (for the hot roll mix)
The dough has formed a solid mixture.
The dough has formed a solid mixture. | Source

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 2 cookie sheets. If you are wearing any rings, please take them off before handling the dough. Prepare the hot roll mix, adding 1 1/4 cups hot water and 2 tablespoons olive oil to the flour and yeast mixture. (I microwave the water for 1 minute 10 seconds on high.) Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes or until it forms a solid mixture. I knead the dough with a wooden spoon for at least the first minute because it's hot.

The dough is divided and ready to rise.
The dough is divided and ready to rise. | Source

If the dough is a little sticky, that's okay. You'll cover it with lots of flour during the final rolling out process which eliminates all stickiness. Cover your clean counter or a large wooden cutting board with flour. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Let it rise uncovered for 10 minutes.

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Frying the sausage.Make sure that your filling ingredients are well mixed so each bite of calzone has a little bit of everything.
Frying the sausage.
Frying the sausage. | Source
Make sure that your filling ingredients are well mixed so each bite of calzone has a little bit of everything.
Make sure that your filling ingredients are well mixed so each bite of calzone has a little bit of everything. | Source

While the dough is rising, cook the sausage in a large, non-stick frying pan. Drain the grease after you've cooked it.  Mix the cheese and spinach, then add the sausage when it's ready.

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Your circles don't need to be exact.Use the measuring cup to dump the calzone filling on one side of the dough.Fold it up. Pinch the edges closed.
Your circles don't need to be exact.
Your circles don't need to be exact. | Source
Use the measuring cup to dump the calzone filling on one side of the dough.
Use the measuring cup to dump the calzone filling on one side of the dough. | Source
Fold it up. Pinch the edges closed.
Fold it up. Pinch the edges closed. | Source

Use a rolling pin to roll each piece of dough into a 6 inch (approx) circle. Use as much flour as you need through the rolling process. Spoon 1/2 cup sausage/cheese/spinach mixture on each piece of dough. Then fold them over and lightly pinch the edges together. Place them on the greased cookie sheets.

The calzones are ready to go into the oven.
The calzones are ready to go into the oven. | Source

Bake for 12-15 minutes.  I bake them for 13 minutes with one pan on the top shelf and one pan on the bottom shelf.  I rotate the pans halfway through.

The calzones are ready to eat. Enjoy!
The calzones are ready to eat. Enjoy! | Source

Tip: If you let your dough rise on the counter, it's very easy to scrap off the dough with a plastic spatula. My mom taught me that trick the first time we made this recipe for my parents. Thanks Mom!

Enjoy! You can cut your calzone in half and pick it up and eat it or you can eat it with a fork.

Change it up and make a pizza calzone with eggplant and mozzarella!

Sausage and pepper is another great combination for a calzone.

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's a good sign!

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      Angelo52 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Made me hungry just reading about these calzones.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Susan! That's great.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These look great! Will try them soon.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks algarveview! Thanks! It is a little time consuming but definitely not tricky.

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      Joana e Bruno 

      6 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, Randomcreative, it looks delicious and it doesn't seem all that hard... Great recipe. Voted up and useful and sharing! Have a great day!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Cyndi! That's awesome. You can easily substitute another meat for this recipe if you prefer.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Yum! I'm not a big sausage eater, but you have me craving some calzones. I might have to make these for dinner tonight. :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Thelma and Alina!

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      alinamassy 

      6 years ago from India

      Great Hub.

      I love your style ,thanks for sharing This.

      Voted up and Follow @@@

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Yummy!!! I love Spinach Calzones. Thanks for SHARING this. Bookmark for later use.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! You'll have to give it a try sometime.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      6 years ago from USA

      What a clever recipe. I like spinach calzone but have never made it for myself. Thanks for the tips.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Haha, I would if I could! Thanks!

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      These look awesome! Could you just mail me a few?? Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much!

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      Cloverleaf 

      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Rose, these spinach calzones look very delicious. I love how you have clearly illustrated each step, thank you.

      Cloverleaf.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you so much! I'm so glad that this is helpful for you!

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      Eaglekiwi 

      7 years ago from -Oceania

      Another great hub.

      I love your style ,its explained really well ,for the homecook and as a visual learner, the pictures do it for me 100%.

      Thankyou!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're welcome! I'm not a huge fan of spinach, especially cooked spinach, but it's very good in this recipe.

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      The Jet 

      7 years ago from The Bay

      Thanks! You just made me hungry for some spinach.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! They taste as good as they look (if not better)!

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      Memories for Life Scrapbooks 

      7 years ago

      Those look SO good!

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      Ancillotti 

      7 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

      They look delicious!

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