Spinach and Ricotta Calzone

"A yummy calzone I found on food network a while back"
photo by Chef floWer photo by Chef floWer
photo by Chef floWer
photo by Kim127 photo by Kim127
photo by Kim127 photo by Kim127
Ready In:
1 calzone




  • DOUGH.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together yeast, warm water, sugar and olive oil. Let sit for about 3 minutes to fully dissolve and activate the yeast.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
  • With a rubber spatula, gradually mix the yeast mixture into the flour until just combined and dough barely holds together. Turn the dough out onto a clean counter surface dusted with flour.
  • Knead the dough with flour-dusted hands until the dough has become smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. The surface should be tight and silky and bounce back slightly when pressed. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl with olive oil and place the dough in it.
  • Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  • Once doubled, punch the dough down and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Knead each 1 slightly to form a uniform ball. Set aside and cover them with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Cook's Note: Dough can be made the day before and refrigerated overnight once it is divided. Keep covered tightly in plastic wrap or in a sealed food storage bag.
  • Yield: 2 dough balls
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Lightly dust the work surface and rolling pin with flour. Roll the dough out into an 8 by 11-inch oval.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the spinach, ricotta, and mozzarella and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Place all the filling on 1 half of the dough leaving a 3/4-inch border along the edge.
  • Fold the remaining dough over the filling until the edges line up and pinch the edges together to seal. Gently roll the pinched edges under to form a decorative rim.
  • Place the calzone on a baking sheet dusted with cornmeal and brush the top with olive oil.
  • Bake until golden brown and the center is hot and melted, 25 minutes, rotating midway through cooking.

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. It was my first time making a calzone, it was my first time even making dough. I am a new cook. This is a very simple recipe, I had my 4 year old daughter helping me make the dough. The filling could have used a little more flavor, but all in all this is a great, easy recipe. Kids love kneading and rolling out the dough!
  2. Had this for late lunch today and it was very fulfilling. The calzoe was huge, the changes I made was I left out the cornmeal (I couldn't find it in our supermarket) and I used bocconcini cheese instead of a mozzarella ball (I think they are the same thing but I'm not sure) Thank you Anme
  3. Oh my, this was a great meal! Made the dough in my bread machine on dough setting while we did heavy yardwork - lovely pliable dough that sure made a great calzone! I did not mix the ricotta, spinach & mozzarrella - just layered them after grating some nutmeg between the ricotta & spinach on one & putting a thin slice of ham on the other. They baked up great! Nicely melted interior & crispy but soft bread crust - perfect for dipping! Made a quick marinara sauce using concentrated crushed tomatoes, minced onion & garlic, fresh oregano from the garden & a bit of fennel seed. Came together quickly after showering off - which was awesome b/c we were HUNGRY! Thank you Anme - we will be saving this recipe to use again & again!
  4. So GOOD! This was my first time making dough from scratch and it went better than I thought it would. Directions were easy to follow and it all came together quicker than I thought it would. I made the dough on Saturday, but some things came up and wasn't able to make the calzones until Monday. The dough was still fine, I had it wrapped up in the fridge. I wanted to make 2 calzones so I doubled the cheese and spinach ingredients. The calzones were huge! DH and I split one and served it with a salad. I topped them with a little spaghetti sauce and sprinkled on Parmesan cheese. Wonderful!! I would make these again for sure. I think adding a few mushrooms to the spinach mixture will be in my future! Thanks Anme for a wonderful recipe and for helping me get over my fear of yeast!


  1. Had this for late lunch today and it was very fulfilling. The calzoe was huge, the changes I made was I left out the cornmeal (I couldn't find it in our supermarket) and I used bocconcini cheese instead of a mozzarella ball (I think they are the same thing but I'm not sure) Thank you Anme


I'm just a girl whos passion is for cooking, well some people would call it an obbsession rather.... I am a college student at RIT going for food management and prep, my favortie things! Most of my orignal recipes are made from left overs since I cook for one or two most days so there are always left overs in my house. I play mad scientist most days in my kitchen with left over chicken breasts lol. I am also a health food freak and a major gym rat, so I am always on the look out for good subs for the more unhealthy ingredients in most recipes. Also I am just starting to take pictures of the food I make on this site, so my photos are anything but stellar yet so I will not be offended in any way if you chooses not to use my pictures. <img src="http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b158/bella_donata/My%20Art/Recipezaar/goldsparkle.png" border="0" alt="Made by Bella14ragazza"> <a href="http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/tisht/?action=view¤t=tish2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/tisht/tish2.jpg" border="0" alt="Recipezaar Challenge 2008"></a> <img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/DUCHESS13/RSC%20Banners/RSC11-Participant.jpg"> <a href="http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y254/Missymop/?action=view¤t=newtaginethbanner.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y254/Missymop/newtaginethbanner.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/CV.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/Adopted1smp.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"> <img src="http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/484938/Spelling-Bee-stick2jpg.jpg"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/smPACp.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"> <img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj240/marienixon_715/kittencaljpg.jpg"> <img src="http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b158/bella_donata/My%20Art/Recipezaar/ScrapBook.png" border="0" alt="Made by Bella14ragazza"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/projects/200_PACpic.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/projects/pacbanner.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"> <img src="http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b158/bella_donata/My%20Art/ApronSwap2007.jpg" border="0" alt="Made by Bella14ragazza"> <img src="http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b158/bella_donata/My%20Art/Recipezaar/RedWhiteBlue.jpg" border="0" alt="Made by Bella14ragazza"> <img src="http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e347/Saturn6666/KiwiDutch/3chefstag1.jpg"> <img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/DUCHESS13/Zaar%20World%20Tour%203/ZWT3-Participation.gif"> <img src="http://www.recipezaar.com/members/home/28636/zwt3banner.jpg"> <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a209/tlonghorn/banners/BBQ2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a> <img src=http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b280/carolinamoon21/TasteofYellow.jpg> <img src="http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b280/carolinamoon21/Derfcookathon.jpg">
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes