These were good, but the original recipe just needs a little spicing up. I used half ground beef, half hot italian sausage. I also cooked the meat with onions and garlic and added a little extra italian seasoning while it was cooking. I brushed the crusts with olive oil mixed with parmasean cheese and a touch of garlic powder and then served them with warmed marinara and a caesar salad. My husband and brother loved them and they were fairly easy, so I'll keep this recipe around!
Calzones with Italian Tomato Sauce
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Bake: 30 Minutes
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 3 1/2 cups (14 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 (6-ounce) can low-sodium tomato paste
- 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 2 (10-ounce) cans refrigerated pizza crust
- Olive oil
- Italian Tomato Sauce
- Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain.
- Combine beef, 2 1/2 cups cheese, and next 3 ingredients.
- Unroll each pizza crust, and cut each crust into thirds. Roll each portion to a 5-inch circle. Spread 3/4 cup of meat mixture evenly over half of each circle. Moisten edges with water; fold dough over, pressing or crimping edges to seal. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet, and cut slits in tops to allow steam to escape. Brush with olive oil.
- Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Top with Italian Tomato Sauce; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Melt cheese under broiler, if desired.
- Note: Freeze baked calzones up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Wrap calzones in aluminum foil, and bake at 300° for 1 hour or until thoroughly heated.
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