We'll be the first to admit, Calzones are kind-of, sort-of, almost pizza—but we'd argue they're way better! Not only can they contain the same toppings as your favorite pizza, but you get a mouthful of crispy, golden crust with every single bite! This Ricotta and Basil Calzone is certainly easy to make, but it's full of fresh flavor and perfect to make when you've got a little extra marinara laying around!
- Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
- ¾ cup fresh ricotta
- 1 ounce Parmesan, grated (1/4 cup)
- 1 small roma tomato, finely diced.
- 2 tablespoons chopped basil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- All-purpose flour, as needed
- 1 8-ounce ball pizza dough, homemade or purchased
- ⅓ cup Pasta Jay's Classic Marinara
- 2 ounces fresh mozzarella, grated (1/2 cup)
How to Make
STEP 1: Heat the oven to 500 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly oil.
STEP 2: In a bowl, stir together ricotta, Parmesan, basil, tomatoes and pepper. Lightly flour a work surface, and stretch or roll the dough into a 12-inch round. Spread ricotta mixture on half the dough, leaving a half-inch border all around. Top ricotta mixture with Pasta Jay's Classic Marinara. Lightly brush the edges of the dough with water and fold dough in half, over filling; pinch the edges of the dough together to seal.
STEP 3: Transfer calzone to baking sheet. Brush the top with olive oil. Sprinkle with mozzarella (optional). Bake until crust is firm and cheese is golden, about 15 to 20 minutes.
STEP 4: Let cool 5 minutes before serving. Serve with warmed marinara.