Having three boys means we go through a lot of food in my house.  They have never eaten a ton in one sitting, but they eat all day!  It is funny though, my oldest son who is 6’1″ eats the least and my middle son who hates everything eats the most.  I have learned over the years to have food accessible all the time. I try to have fruit or some frozen snack heated when they get home from school.  When have time I will make a big snack or the “meal” before dinner.  This recipe is one of those snacks I will make, but it is a great dinner as well.  Just serve a salad and you have a great, easy weeknight meal.  

If you buy frozen pizza dough you need to think ahead and let it thaw in the fridge for about 6 hours.  If you are wanting to make this tonight then buy the pizza dough that comes in the pop can that is over by the pie crusts in the grocery store. There are no exact measurements or correct ingredients.  I used turkey sausage and no one could tell the difference.  You can use ham, salami, vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, onions, bell peppers…. the list is endless. Just use what your family will eat or what you need to get rid of in your fridge. 

 

Calzones

Serves 4-6

2-16oz balls of frozen pizza dough
1 small jar pasta sauce
1 cup cottage cheese or ricotta
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
1-5oz package sliced pepperoni

Preheat 375°

Cut dough into 4-6 equal pieces.  Roll out into a circle on a floured cutting board.

Spread a small amount of sauce on the dough.  Spread about 1 Tablespoon cottage cheese or ricotta onto one half of the rolled out dough.  Sprinkle mozzarella, sausage and a few slices of pepperoni over the cheese and sauce.

Fold the dough over filling and pinch edges to seal.  Place calzone onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.

Once you have finished preparing all the calzones place into a heated oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with heated remaining pasta sauce.