Healthy Calzone Recipe {Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta}

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Homemade calzones are easy to make at home and you will love these veggie calzones! They are stuffed with kale, mushrooms, and ricotta cheese. Serve marinara sauce on the side for dipping! This calzone recipe is a dinner winner!

Calzone Recipe with Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta

Family-Friendly Meatless Calzone

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!

Homemade Calzones ready to serve

How To Make 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. Our Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce would also be good with the calzones! 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!

If you like this calzone recipe, give these pizza recipes a try!

Healthy Calzones With Marinara Sauce

Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta Calzones

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!
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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 flour for dusting the counter
  • Easy Marinara Sauce for serving

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Make sure your pizza dough is at room temperature. Set aside.
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  6. 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.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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.

  2. 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….

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!

  7. Maria,
    These calzones look so yummy! A great way to get my kids to eat greens is to pair them with cheese, and with triple cheese? You can’t go wrong. Perhaps even some kale in the dough . . . for a double triple?
    Thanks!

  8. These look delicious! I love Calzones especially when they are fully loaded like this. I’m always let down when I bite into one without a lot of filling :).

  9. Do these freeze/reheat well? I’ve been wanting to make these and I’ve been looking for good freezer recipes to make because I’m about 6 1/2 months preggers and want to stock up on healthy meals I can make up quickly after the baby’s born.

  10. Oh my gosh, I made these again, they are so rewarding! – Easy and super tasty! I refrigerated 1/2 and baked them next day; they turned out pretty much the same: Super tasty!

  11. Just wondering if anyone tried freezing these and cooking from frozen? I wouldn’t mind making a bunch and freezing them for those lazy days.

  12. I made these for dinner a couple nights ago, and my husband, son, and I all loved them! My son LOVED being able to dip them in the pasta sauce! These were very flavorful and even the leftovers were good (even though they’re not as crispy when you get them out of fridge). I used the pillsbury classic pizza crust dough because I was feeling lazy 🙂 I added in a little spinach that I was needing to use up before it went bad. Also, I left out the red pepper flakes. Everything else was made as written. GREAT RECIPE!

  13. second time in three days making these. have had a bunch of fun substituting kale and mushrooms for virtually any other veggie we can get our hands on. thanks for sharing!

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