Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Calzones


Superbowl Sunday is upon us, and while I’m not a fan, my husband is a fanatic (unfortunately for him, he’s a Jets fan). Some buddies are coming over for the game and, of course, I’m cooking.

This year I’m making Italian sausage and broccoli rabe calzones with a marinara sauce on the side as the main course.


My favorite pizza dough recipe is from Anne Burrell; you’ll need to double the recipe to get the 24 ounces needed for this recipe. Don’t hesitate to purchase your dough from the store or your favorite pizzeria.


Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Calzones

Tasty pizza dough stuffed with both spicy and sweet Italian sausages, broccoli rabe and three cheeses. Serve with marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 Calzones 1x
  • Category: Flatbread/Pizza



1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 pound ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded skim milk mozzarella
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups chopped blanched broccoli rabe
1 1/4 cups cooked crumbled sweet Italian sausage
1 1/4 cups cooked crumbled hot Italian sausage
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 pounds pizza dough, divided into 8 four-ounce portions
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 cups marinara sauce


Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Combine the egg, ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses in a large bowl. Stir in the sausage and broccoli rabe. Season as needed with salt and pepper.

Roll out 4 ounces of dough to an 8-inch round. Brush the edges with beaten egg. Place 1/2 cup of the filling in the lower half of the circle. Fold over and crimp the edges. Press the filling down a little to spread within. Place on a parchment lined sheet tray sprinkled with cornmeal.

Brush the tops with beaten egg and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.

Serve with a marinara sauce on the side for dipping.


Note: Taste the mixture first before adding salt. The saltiness of the cheese and sausages varies.

Keywords: calzone, pizza, marinara sauce, pizza dough,

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