Meat Lovers Calzones

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These Meat Lovers Calzones are stuffed with pepperoni, sausage and Canadian bacon. This easy calzone recipe is for all you meat lovers.

Meat Lovers Calzone cut open on a plate

What are Calzones?

Calzone, which means “stuffed pants” in Italian, is like a little pizza sandwich. Calzone fillings vary, but generally, they are filled with common pizza toppings. 

Red Star Yeast is updating the recipe section of their website with photos of their delicious recipes. They’ve teamed up with food bloggers who will make, photograph and blog about the chosen recipe. I changed their veggie Calzone recipe into this easy-to-make meat lovers calzone recipe.

How To Make A Calzone

The dough for this calzone recipe comes together quickly. After about an hour rise, it’s ready to shape into meat lovers calzones. The dough is easier to roll out into a circle if you shape it into a ball first. Just pull the ends to the bottom to create a smooth round ball.

collage showing the making of the calzone dough

I like to use my fingers to pat the dough into a circle. When I’ve shaped it into a circle, then I’ll pull out the rolling pin and roll it a bit thinner.

I like to work with two circles at a time, so I let one rest and the gluten relaxes while I’m patting out the second one. Then I’ll come back to the first one, and after that little rest, the dough is easier to work with and stretches much easier.

collage of filling and shaping the calzone dough

My family loves making Calzones for dinner. I put the fillings out and everyone makes their Calzone just the way they like it.

I give them a ball of dough and they create their masterpiece. There’s often bragging and teasing about whose Calzone looks the best.

collage showing glazing the calzone for baking

Calzone Filling Options

For my meat-loving boys, I decided this time to make meat lovers Calzones. I put out the following toppings:

  • pepperoni
  • sausage
  • Canadian bacon
  • plenty of cheese
  • black olives and
  • mushrooms.

The original Calzone recipe on the Red Star website is a veggie Calzone, so feel free to substitute your favorite pizza toppings.

You can use store-bought pizza sauce, but I used my favorite, easy-to-make homemade pizza sauce. You’ll want plenty of sauce so you can also serve some on the side for dipping.

There have been some comments that technically since the sauce is on the inside it is a Stromboli not a Calzone, so if you prefer, you can omit the sauce when making the Calzone. 

Meat Lovers Calzone on a plate

Calzones are a fun alternative to pizza and a great way to get your family into the kitchen and baking with you. I’ve added a quick video showing how easy they are to make.


Meat Lovers Calzone cut open on a plate
Yield: 6 calzones

Meat Lovers Calzones

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1 cup water, 120° to 130°
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon (1 package) Red Star Quick Rise or Platinum Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Pizza sauce, plus additional for serving
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup Canadian bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced

Egg wash

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water


  1. Combine flour, salt and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add liquid ingredients and mix with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add additional flour if needed and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough doubles and passes the ripe test.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Shape to balls. Let dough relax 10 minutes. On floured surface, roll each piece into an 8-inch circle.
  3. Spoon pizza sauce, cheese and toppings onto half of each circle. Make egg wash. Moisten edge of dough with egg wash mixture. Fold in half; seal edge by pressing with fork. Prick each top; brush with remaining egg mixture. Bake on greased cookie sheets for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

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