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Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta Calzones

Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta Calzones Recipe

I always ask Josh what he wants for dinner. I really don’t know why I ask for his input because we rarely make what he wants. Don’t feel bad for Josh because he eats well:) I just don’t want to make for dinner every night. Josh always suggests pizza. He never gets tired of pizza.

Last week when Josh asked for pizza, I compromised and suggested calzones. Josh loved the idea. He asked what kind of calzones and I told him Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta Calzones. I could see the look of disappointment in his face when I didn’t mention sausage or pepperoni. I told Josh to cheer up because these meatless calzones were going to be incredibly tasty and I was right! Even Josh didn’t miss the meat!

Kale, Mushroom, and Spinach Calzones

You can make homemade pizza dough or you can use store bought dough for this recipe. If we are feeling lazy, we buy Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods pizza dough. Their refrigerated pizza doughs are excellent!

Once you have your dough, you can get started on the filling. I am on a kale kick and can’t get enough. I cooked the kale with onion, garlic, and tossed in some mushrooms.

Next, I stirred together ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. A trio of cheese, please! I added in a little crushed red pepper, dried basil, salt, and pepper. I added in the kale and mushroom mixture and our filling was ready to go!

Josh rolled out the pizza dough into circles and we filled our calzones with the kale, mushroom, and ricotta filling. We folded the dough over the filling, pinched the edges, and brushed them generously with olive oil. Into the oven they went and 20 minutes later, our calzones were golden brown and ready to be devoured.

We served our calzones with our Easy Marinara Sauce. We had fun dipping and dunking our calzones!

Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta Calzones are perfect for Meatless Monday…or any night. Josh already asked if we could have these calzones for dinner again and I think I will have to say yes!

Mother’s Day is less than a week away! Check out my guest post on Driscoll’s for easy and fun ways to spoil mom. I also shared a recipe for Strawberries ‘n Cream Baked Oatmeal. Trust me, you all need this recipe. We can’t stop making it! And there are cute Caleb photos:)

Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta Calzone Recipe-an easy and tasty meatless meal!

Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta Calzones

Yield: Makes 4 Calzones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Calzones filled with kale, mushrooms, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Serve our Easy Marinara Sauce on the side. These calzones are fun to dip and delicious to eat!


1 pound fresh pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus additional for brushing
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chopped kale, ribs and stems removed
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
All-purpose Gold Medal Flour, for dusting the counter
Easy Marinara Sauce, for serving


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Make sure your pizza dough is at room temperature. Set aside.

2. To make the calzone filling, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the kale and mushrooms, cover and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses. Stir in the kale and mushroom mixture. Add the dried basil, crushed red pepper, and season with salt and pepper.

4. Divide the pizza dough into 4 equal portions, and shape each portion into a ball. Lightly flour your work space. Start with 1 ball and roll it out into a circle, about 7 inches in diameter. Brush the edges of the round lightly with water. Place about a 1/2 cup of the kale cheese mixture on half of the round, leaving a 1-inch border. Gently fold the dough over so the edges meet and pinch the dough together with your fingers. Pierce the top of the calzone with the fork and carefully transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling. Brush each calzone with olive oil.

5. Place the calzones in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let the calzones cool for about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Note-I like to use Trader Joe's Kale that is already chopped. Great time saver! And if you don't want to make pizza dough from scratch, we love Trader Joe's and Whole Foods refrigerated pizza dough.

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100 Responses to “Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta Calzones”

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  1. Yum! Healthy and delicious calzones! My stomach is growling! Awesome recipe!!

  2. leslie — May 6, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    I think boys could live on pizza for the rest of their lives. However, I could possibly live on these!!! YUM

  3. Tracey — May 6, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    I love this idea Maria, such a great flavor combo! I haven’t had a calzone in forever…

  4. These look amazing, Maria! I think I just found supper for tomorrow night! :)

  5. Tieghan — May 6, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Amazing! Calzones are always so good and I love your Kale filling!!

  6. These look fantastic! I am on a kale kick lately too so these calzones look perfect! Thanks for sharing Maria :) Yum!

  7. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — May 6, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    Josh sounds like my husband. If given the choice, he’d eat pizza every night for dinner. I would love these calzones!

  8. Jess S. @ Floptimism — May 6, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    These look great! If only my family was willing to try ricotta…I’ll have to add this to my (fast-growing) list of ricotta-filled recipes I’m dying to try as soon as I move out :)

  9. Aimee @ Simple Bites — May 6, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    OK, I want these for breakfast! Love ricotta on pizza and in calzone sounds even better.

  10. Laurie {SimplyScratch} — May 6, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    I love these Maria… and I wouldn’t miss the meat either!

  11. Carrian — May 6, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Those look delicious, Maria!!

  12. Jenny Flake — May 6, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Ooo, I’d gladly take one of these for breakfast! Mmm!

  13. This is being pinned! We will be harvesting kale soon and this is a great way to use it!

  14. Karla — May 6, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    These sound fantastic! We don’t eat a lot of kale in the winter, but we plant it and enjoy it ALL summer. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks, Maria.

  15. marla — May 6, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    These calzones look great Maria!

  16. Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 6, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Slayed. Done. Death became me. The end.

  17. Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 6, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    Prettiest calzones ever! Sounds delicious!

  18. The best looking calzones I’ve ever seen! Love the sound of the filling! Pinning!

  19. Heather Christo — May 6, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    These look so good! I don’t even think my hubby would realize that the meat was “missing” if I made these!

  20. Cookbook Queen — May 6, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    You could make me dinner any time!! (if Josh doesn’t want his, I’ll eat his share too 😉 )

  21. Sarah — May 6, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    I think these would be PERFECT with cottage cheese substituted for the ricotta (it’s too “grainy” textured for me) & alfredo sauce instead of the marinara! Mmmm….

  22. I really need to action calzones more often, especially if kale is involved! Gorgeous!

  23. LOVE this idea!

  24. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 6, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    When we don’t know what to fix for dinner its usually pizza or breakfast.

  25. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 6, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    These look so good, love the filling!

  26. Kathy K — May 6, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I picked up extra organic kale at the winter farmer’s market on Saturday, hoping to ‘copycat’ a delicious flatbread that I had enjoyed recently, which had the same ingredients as your calzones. I’m sure that, when I take these out of the oven for dinner tonight, they’ll be delicious!

  27. And suddenly, all I want for lunch is a cheesy, veggie, peppery calzone. :) These look so good Maria. I’ve never made my own calzones before. Usually rely on the pizza shop to do it. I can only imagine how good these would taste. I love kale on my pizza when I make it at home!

  28. No need for meat in this baby! Yum!

  29. Joanne — May 6, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    I made cheesy kale calzones not too long ago and they were great! Now I just need to add mushrooms to the mix!

  30. These look so hearty and wonderful! Can’t wait to try them!

  31. RavieNomNoms — May 6, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    Wow! That is totally what I am craving! Do you ever have that? Where you don’t know what you want for dinner, but then you see it and you are like THAT’S IT!!

  32. Gaby — May 6, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    omg. I am a calzone FREAK! Yes please

  33. Aggie — May 6, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    Gina just walked by and saw this picture and said – Oh my gosh mommy can you make that PLEEEEEASE?!

    Ok, I will :) This seriously looks amazing. It reminds me of the spinach calzones my dad used to make at his restaurant. I’m dying for one right of these right now!

  34. nessa — May 6, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    Men and their meat…haha

  35. I saw these calzones on pintrest earlier today and my brain freaked out in an ” OMG I NEED THIS” kind of way. Wonderful job, Maria :)

  36. My husband would be disappointed with meatless calzones too, though I still don’t think I could convince him with veggies! This looks fantastic!

  37. I never get tired of pizza either!… How do you get your calzones to be so thin, the crust I mean. Mine end up being a big pile of doughy mess!

    • Two Peas replied: — May 7th, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

      Roll them out on a well floured surface before filling them.

  38. That’s it, our next homemade pizza night is officially changed to calzone night! This looks soooo good!

  39. Rachel @ TwinTough — May 7, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Just made these, and they look fantastic! I’ll let you know how they taste! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  40. Marian (Sweetopia) — May 7, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    These look absolutely amazing! I’d LOVE one right now!

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