Broccoli and Cheese Calzones

They’re like tiny handheld pizzas with extra crust because honestly, that’s the best part right? Okay, the toppings on a pizza are what make it whole, but come on crust deserves some appreciation too!

This recipe is going to seem very familiar if you’ve been with my blog since the beginning. It is a modified version of the Spinach and Ricotta Calzone that is equally delicious! For these calzones, I use whole wheat dough though.



  • Whole Wheat Pizza Dough or 1lb of any pizza dough
  • 10oz broccoli florets
  • 1/2 c whole milk ricotta
  • 1 1/2 c mozzarella
  • 1/2 c parmesan
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lg eggs
  • Seasonings: garlic powder, basil, parsley, oregano

If you are planning to use the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, the recipe linked above requires a minimum of 18 hours in the fridge so make sure you prep it the day before. It also requires an hour to sit and rise before using.


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. Prepare dough and allow time to rise, if applicable.
  3. In a medium-large bowl, mix together broccoli, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, olive oil, one egg yolk and seasoning. Vary the amount of seasoning based on your personal liking.
  4. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and divide into 6-8 sections.
    • You can make these calzones large or small; how many sections you divide it into will depend on the desired size.
  5. Stretch out the dough, using your hands and/or a rolling pin, into a circle about 6 inches across.
    • Again, this size will vary depending on what you decided in step 3.
  6. Even divide the broccoli filling evenly between the dough, leaving a 1-inch edge around the border.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together one egg and 2 tbsp of water.
  8. Brush the edges of the calzones with egg wash and then fold the other half over and crimp the edges.
  9. Cut steam vents in the top and brush with remaining egg wash.
  10. Place calzones on a prepared baking sheet (either line it with parchment paper or lightly coat with oil).
  11. Bake for 15 minutes, rotating after 8 minutes.

Why is all the food that’s “bad” for us so good? I could seriously eat four of them or more! At least there’s something green in it so I can pretend like it’s healthy. I would definitely suggest making these for a fun Friday Night dinner and it’s cheaper than going out for dinner and definitely a lot tastier that take out.

Pizza or Calzone? Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!


Happy Cooking!

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