Tonight I made calzones for dinner! We used to just enjoy our Italian night of the week in the form of a greasy takeout pizza, but who doesn’t love a homemade calzone? My boyfriend and I have created various concoctions, but this one is definitely a crowd pleaser!


  • Trader Joes Garlic Herb Pizza Dough
  • Trader Joes Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese (makes 2 calzones)
  • 3 Trader Joes Garlic Herb Chicken Sausage
  • Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 Red Onion

Putting the Calzone Together:

  1. Take the pizza dough out of the refrigerator, place on a lightly floured baking sheet, and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out the dough and cut into two halves (as shown above) – Preheat oven to 475°
  3. Use a spoon to ladle as much marinara sauce as you’d like onto the dough
  4. Place the fresh basil leaves on top of the sauce
  5. Slice the chicken sausage into medallions, mince the onion, and sauté over medium heat for 5-10 minutes
  6. Add the shredded mozzarella cheese, chicken sausage and onions atop the basil and sauce
  7. Fold one side of the calzone over the other
  8. Use water to press and seal the edges of the calzones. Use a fork to press the edges firmly shut.
  9. Whisk an egg white to coat the top of the calzone (for a browned surface) -optional
  10. Bake for 10 minutes
  11. Enjoy with salad – tonight we had caesar salad!

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