Spinach Mushroom Calzones

cooked calzoneThese really should be called ‘thats a lot of cheese calzones’, but they sound so much healthier when you say spinach mushroom calzones.


Spinach Mushroom Calzonescalzone mixture Makes 4 large Calzones

Enough pizza dough for one large pizza (1/2 of So easy pizza dough recipe)

1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 portabella mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 cup of fresh baby spinach
2 freshly minced garlic cloves

2 tablespoons of cream cheese
1/2 cup of cottage cheese
1/4 cup of ricotta cheese
1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
lots of fresh pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional for some heat)

Preheat your oven to 425F.

In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the mushrooms and garlic, cooking until the mushrooms begin to release their moisture, about 2 minutes.  Toss in the spinach and cook for another minute or so until the spinach begins to wilt.  Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool.

In a bowl, stir the cream cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta, parmesan, pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes together.  Add the cooled mushroom, spinach mixture and set aside.

Divide your dough into four equal pieces and roll each piece out into a small rectangle.  Scoop about 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture onto one end of the dough.  Fold over the top and begin to bring up the edges.  Make sure to press the pieces of dough firmly together to contain the mixture during baking.  Repeat this process for the next three calzones.

calzone dough

Brush the top of each calzone with a splash of olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.  Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.  Enjoy!


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