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Uh-oh…this calzone shouldn’t be a calzone.

Nope. It totally should be a picture of a pizza…topped with layers of ricotta, melted mozzarella, cubes of roasted butternut squash and broccoli rabe. That was the plan.

This pizza was supposed to convince me that broccoli rabe isn’t this gross, bitter leaf situation…well that failed. I tried. I did. I blanched it, I sauteed it with garlic, seasoned it…even paired it with something like the butternut squash to offset its disgustingness. Didn’t work. It’s just gross. It just is.

I was gonna post it anyway, thinking some of you lunatics actually might like it…but I dunno…looking at the pictures of the pizza bummed me out, so I decided to turn the leftover ingredients (from the pizza) into something more awesome!!

Meet this calzone…

Have you ever noticed that Taco Bell works with, like, 10 ingredients.

And then they just re-invent different burrito crunches, XXL chalupas, etc. with those same ingredients–it’s pretty genius.

Their chefs kinda remind me of those people that you can hire to come over and look in your closet and pair your already existing clothes together, creating brand-new outfits.

Calzones remind me of those taco bell inventions. And those outfit inventors. (I think they’re called stylists.)

So, calzones are basically just pizzas in turnover form. Yet they taste different for some reason?

I think classier. Maybe because they require a fork and knife? Maybe because their new shape has those crimped edges?

Either way, they’re delicious.

These things can take whatever you have lying around in the fridge.

In my case I had broccolini, squash, cremini mushrooms (leftover from the mushroom tacos!), a yellow onion and mozzarella.

I roasted the squash.

I caramelized the onions.

Added (to the same pan) the thinly sliced mushrooms, broccolini, garlic, seasoned them and then put ’em in the calzone, along with some tomato sauce and cheese.

Flipped over one half, did a (terrible!) crimp action, sliced a hole in the top and baked it for 20 minutes.



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Olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup butternut squash, cubed
1/2 cup broccolini, trimmed
1/2 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic cloves, minced
1 – 12-ounce prepared pizza dough (I used this recipe!)
3 tablespoons jarred marinara sauce
1 – 4-ounce mozzarella ball (low-moisture-not water packed!)

In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add thinly sliced onions and pinch of salt. Cook onions for 30 minutes, or until onions are browned and caramelized.

While the onions are cooking, pre-heat oven to 400F. Place cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet and toss with a teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, or until soft. Remove and set aside.

When onions are caramelized, add broccolini and cremini mushrooms and sauteé for 5-10 minutes. Add garlic to the top and cook just until fragrant.

Lightly flour your work surface and roll out pizza dough to a 1/8-inch thick circle. Transfer pizza dough to a piece of parchment. Add the tomato sauce to one half. Top with broccolini/mixture. Add the butternut squash and then finish it off with a few slices of mozzarella.

Fold dough in half, over filling, and crimp as desired to seal. Transfer parchment with calzone to a baking sheet. Using a knife, slice a hole in the top. This will allow steam to escape as it bakes. Place it in the oven and cook until dough is puffed up and golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

{ 79 comments… read them below or add one }

Natashia@foodonpaper November 2, 2011 at 9:25 am

Oh my days… this is like my favourite food in the world, besides pasta. This looks awesome! I need to get me pizza stone, stat.


Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I baked this on a baking sheet, no pizza stone needed! Also, don’t buy an expensive pizza stone; an unglazed clay tile from Home Depot/Lowe’s works super well. And they’re $2!!


Drina M(Room For 5) November 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Thanks for that tip Adrianna, I would never have thought of using a clay tile! So much cheaper!


Not Supermom November 8, 2011 at 12:15 am

The unglazed tile tip is GENIUS.


teri@managedmacros November 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

I would earn HUGE brownie points if I made this for the BF! I love it with the squash and onion. A beautiful twist to the traditional!


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

Mmm, I love calzones and this ingredient combo sounds so good! And yeah…broccoli rabe is hopeless. I love vegetables, and that one is even on my list of foods I won’t touch.


Katrina November 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

I haven’t tried broccoli rabe! I might steer clear of it now though, and make this calzone without it!


Heather (Heather's Dish) November 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

i’m actually one of those lunatics…broccoli rabe is delicious! however, i do love me a calzone, most of the time regardless of what’s in it. i’ll take 2 please :)


Blog is the New Black November 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Love love love calzones……. love! I want this- looks amazing!


Mags November 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Hey not every recipe can be a winner. in fact it’s kinda nice to know that even you can have flops. But the calzone looks delicious at least!


Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Oh I have a ton! Trust me.


Elizabeth @ Southern Color November 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I’ve never made a calzone, but this recipe looks fairly simple! The combination of broccoli, mushrooms and butternut squash sounds amazing! What type of marinara did you use?


Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I actually used jarred marinara; the 365 brand from Whole Foods. Perfect for dishes like this!


Laura November 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

That big ball of dough looks so good. So does the finished product! Congrats on turning the kitchen failure into a success.


Dara November 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Wow. You have made me hungry! Your photos are incredible. Well done.


Tia November 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm

My mouth is watering right now. That looks soooooo good! I am lo-carbing it this month – getting vacation ready :), but after this month it is ON! I haven’t mastered making dough, so I will give your receipe a try and hope for the best!


lebenslustiger November 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Oh – it looks soooo yummy and hearty and melty and deliciously comforting!


Heather November 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I completely agree with you! I have tried broccoli rabe in all it’s forms in attempt to like it, alas, I too do not see it’s charms. This look’s amazing and I have weird family and friends who enjoy the stuff, so I will happily try it for them!


christe November 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

we are hungry here @, else than good food we love quality salon equipment and furniture


Will @ Bright.Bazaar November 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Officially hungry. I think that says it all! 😉


Bev Weidner November 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm



brandi November 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

i love calzones, especially with fresh dough. i need to do this soon!


Abby Rice November 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

My dad would fall over in disbelief that someone made a HEALTHY calzone….his definition of a calzone is basically a doughy vehicle for massive amounts of cheese and artery-clogging-orangey-greasy meats…I love it…think I will make it for him….lol


Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Oh I dig those too!


Kiran @ November 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I haven’t tried broccollini before. That being said, I haven’t tried a calzone before. And now I am drooling all over the place. I take that as a good sign to try :)


nicole {sweet peony} November 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

omg this calzone sounds vundabar! i love everything inside it! and yeah, why is it that calzones taste different than pizza? i think it’s cuz the carb-topping ratio is higher meaning there is no question why i love calzones more!

ps* loved your ‘naughty’ pic from yesterday– hilarious!


Kat @ November 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

First of all your photos are gorgeous…and I’m forcing myself to have leftovers instead of braving the snow storm to buy all of the ingredients for this. I WILL make this over the weekend!! Yum!!


Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) November 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I am totally in love with this calzone. Yummmmmo.


Pooja November 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Ugh, me too, have never tasted a broccoli raab that i like, ‘sigh’…anyway, i love the idea of your throwing butternut squash in there (love butternut squash!) and i think your crimping looks expert. plus you had recent practice with those lovely looking pop tarts….ok have a happy wed and can’t wait to try this…xo


Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup November 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Looks amaze – as always!


Cassie @ bake your day November 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I love calzones…especially with these flavors. Broccoli rabe is delicious!


Andrea P November 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I thought I would make my way out of my regular old veggie box and be culinarily adventureous and tried broccoli rabe a while back and it was an absolute disaster—so disappointing as I thought it would be our new “it” veggie. For some reason my husband kept eating it–but maybe he was just being polite.

Love love love your blog—it inspires me to both cook more and maintain a more presentable manicure


Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm

HA! That last part made me laugh, like a lot.


Teri Lyn Fister November 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Deliciousness in a pouch. You should call this a marsupial pizza.


Adrianna November 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm

MARSUPIAL PIZZA!!!! I love that.


Mellissa @ I breathe therefore I'm hungry November 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

That. Looks. Awesome. Do you deliver? Call me crazy but I do LOVE broccoli rabe! I’ve embraced the bitterness and never looked back! You do need some olive oil or other fat to offset the bitterness or it can be awful. The combination you have here really makes me want to reach through the screen and grab a bite! Great idea and sorry you hated it but it looks great to me! Awesome pics too! Following and looking forward to future posts!


cindy November 3, 2011 at 2:26 am

I make pizza every week, but never calzones…they scare me. I don’t even know what my deal is. I need to get over my calzone-fear stat because this looks amazing!


Koko @ KokoLikes November 3, 2011 at 5:33 am

OMG so delicious, this looks insane


France November 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm

They’re really quite lovely. It’s always surprising to me how a simple change in a recipe can change the way we feel about it and perceive it. In this case, I could easily serve this to my guest and they would not suspect I was serving them pizza! how clever!


michael November 4, 2011 at 2:53 am



Ashleigh @ ashleighskitchen November 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm

The crimping looks awesome to me! :) I want a bite!


demmy November 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm

i can honestly say that i’ve never seen a more delicious looking calzone. I can’t wait to make one of my own!


Connie November 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

So delicious looking! YUM!


Cecilie Lykke November 5, 2011 at 12:34 am

Got to try this sometime this week, yummy!


Magda November 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm

It looks delicious. It looks like greek pita :)

Come and check also my receipes, maybe something will inspire you :>
Now I have recipe for Starbuck’s Pear Muffins!


Donne Milano November 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love this post. Thx a lot for sharing


Naiya November 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Nice recipes.


Online Foods Menus November 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

Awesome. The filling is superb.


Aggie November 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm

oh my heaven that looks absolutely amazing. Mouth watering even. at 7:45 in the morning. I could totally eat that right now.


Meg November 9, 2011 at 12:01 am

Ooooh, broccoli rabe blanched for a good 10 minutes and then sauteed with onions, garlic, a splash of soy sauce and crushed red pepper is a winner every time. Served over pasta, even my kids love it.

This looks good too. 😉


sarah November 9, 2011 at 1:30 am

this looks great, i hope to make it soon!

how many people does this serve?


Adrianna November 9, 2011 at 1:58 am

I’d say two hungry people and three appetizer-type appetites.


Jasmine November 9, 2011 at 2:55 am



Sook November 9, 2011 at 3:19 am

Wow, this looks amazing! Totally saving this recipe.


Jim Strong November 11, 2011 at 3:04 am

That calzone looks exactly like the ones my grandmother used to make. I will try this recipe next Sunday for sure !


esther November 11, 2011 at 4:45 am

pizza, in any disguise, is good. (except maybe those frozen pizza bites, I haven’t tried them though) this looks delish. and calzones remind me of seinfeld. always.


Holli DeLauro November 12, 2011 at 3:37 am

This was AHHH-mazing! Made it for dinner tonight and we absolutely loved it! My husband was thinking of all the other creations that we could put inside the calzone, but said that this particular recipe was a keeper! :)


Brandon @ The Yummy Bits November 14, 2011 at 12:45 am

This looks delicious! I will have to come back to read more of your recipes, great post!


Lily November 16, 2011 at 2:56 am

Oh, always looking for creative ways to use butternut squash. Something like this sounds very good!


Megan November 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm

This looks yummy! Quick question – do you think it would work with a non-yeast dough?


Adrianna November 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I actually think it’ll work! It obviously will just turn out flatter and thinner. But I bet it’d be delicious!


Jian December 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

I’ve never made a calzone, but this recipe looks fairly simple! made me real hungry now. :(


Karmaloop December 11, 2011 at 6:34 am

Makes me want to order me from pizza hut now! But. Would like to ake ths one day. Thank you!


Eric December 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I made a calzone based on your recipe. It’s simple and pretty bomb.


sarah January 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

This was so delicious!!! And quite easy. I substituted roasted sweet potato for the squash and added some balsamic vinegar to the pan with the onions when they were done caramelizing. Will definitely make again! I also left the sauce out of the calzone and dipped the finished calzone in sauce instead.


Adrianna January 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm



Rylie February 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I saw this post a few days ago and thought it was a great idea so the boyfriend and I walked up to the market and got all kinds of yummy vegetables and such to make calzones with. We cheated and used pre-made dough, but it was still delicious! We used tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, pineapple, onions, garlic, mozzarella, and ricotta. And then he put sausage in his and I put pepperoni in mine. We also put some chopped up garlic in olive oil and spread it on the crust before baking. Its been two days and he still can’t stop talking about how delicious it was. We even saved the leftover filling (we made way too much!) and turned it into pasta sauce. Yum! :) Thanks for the inspiration.


Adrianna February 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I love this whole thing. So glad to have been a glimpse of inspo for you and your dude. YAY!


ATasteOfMadness May 6, 2012 at 12:15 am

I have never even heard of calzones! Even my spell check is freaking out! This looks absolutely delicious! I MUST make this!!


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