Sausage & Pepper Calzones

These Italian-inspired sandwiches start with pizza dough to encase a combination of sausage, red pepper, onion, and cheese in a tomato-based sauce and then baked until golden brown.

Sausage & Pepper Calzones
Servings: 6 Prep 15 mins Bake 450°F 15 mins Cook 9 mins


  • 3/4 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 sweet red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 pounds fresh pizza dough
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (optional)

Make It

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into skillet and add peppers and onions. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and black pepper; cook for 9 minutes.

3. Remove skillet from heat; drain off any fat. Stir in cheese and tomato sauce.

4. Divide dough into 6 pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece into a 7-inch circle. Place a heaping 2/3 cup filling onto one half of each circle. Fold dough over filling; press edges together firmly to seal. Cut 3 slits through tops. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Place calzones on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes. Cool slightly before serving. Serve with marinara sauce, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 551, Fat, total (g): 12, chol. (mg): 52, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 81, fiber (g): 4, pro. (g): 28, sodium (mg): 997, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.