The next time you have spaghetti night, keep that extra pasta sauce so I can show you how to make another meal that your family will enjoy. Latino Dad Cooking Blogger, RJ Jaramillo is going to show you how to make a Calzone.
How to Make a Calzone.
Around my house, there are a few meals that I can get the entire family to agree upon. One of those meals is Spaghetti. And sometimes you have leftover pasta sauce that you don’t want to throw out. That’s where this recipe comes in handy. Calzone is a perfect solution to that leftover pasta sauce. You can make a variety of combinations using vegetables, cheese and meats.
Shopping List / Ingredients: Feeds up to a Family of 4
Pasta Sauce – You can use Leftover Pasta Sauce, Ready Made like Prego, Heart Smart, or you can make your sauce by combining Stewed Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce.
6 oz. of Sausage, Fully cooked and crumbled
8 – 10 oz. Of Mozzarella Cheese
8 oz. Ricotta Cheese
1 – Package / Tube of Pillsbury Whole Wheat, Artisan Pizza Crust
2 Tablespoons, McCormick’s Italian Seasoning
1-Tablespoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
Optional Veggies: Mushrooms, Artichoke hearts, Olives
Equipment: Oven, pre-heated to 400 Degrees, Cookie Sheet, Mixing Bowl
Cooking Steps: Sauce, Sauce, and more Sauce
So the first step in this recipe is to make a decision about your sauce. If you have leftover pasta sauce, that’s great. If you need sauce, here are your two options;
Fast: Make your sauce by combining (1) Can of Stewed Tomatoes and (1) Can of Tomato Sauce. Stir the Italian Seasoning and Garlic Salt into the mixture and you are done.
Faster: Buy a jar of Pasta Sauce. CookLikeADad recommends Prego, Heart Smart Pasta Sauce. Add the same dry seasoning into this sauce and you are done.
Next: Pre-Heat Oven to 400 Degrees
Take your sausage and crumble the sausage into a bowl. You have the options on using any type of sausage, (or skip the meat all together) . I like Pork sausage for the flavor. You can add additional seasoning to the sausage and fully cook the crumbled pieces on a greased fry pan with a Med/ Hi setting. This should take 10 – 12 minutes. Drain excess grease and set the sausage aside.
The Crust: Pillsbury Whole Wheat
A great way to cut time on this recipe is to use a ready-made crust. Cook Like a Dad recommends the Pillsbury Whole Wheat, Artisan Pizza Crust. This crust has just the right amount of thickness and is easy to use. Spread the dough with your hands on top of a cookie sheet and bake for 8 – 10 minutes at 400 degrees. You need to lightly bake the crust because you want the calzone to be evenly cooked before placing the rest of the ingredients. After bake time, take the crust and set outside of the oven. Allow the crust to stay warm.
What Is a Calzone?
I like to think that a Calzone is just another version of an Italian Baked Burrito, but that is just the Hispanic side of me. Some folks like to call it a rolled up Pizza, but I think it is far better than pizza. What makes a Calzone better is the facts that you can custom make your calzone to fit your flavor and taste. It gets very expensive if you try to do that with Pizza.
Next Step: Spread Ingredients, Fold and Bake