How To Make Mini Calzones (A Fun and Healthy Recipe)

Posted on Oct 3 2011 - 9:06am by Heather Brummett

Mini Calzones Recipe

By Alison Lewis for CanolaInfo

This week’s recipe of the week is brough to us by Alison Lewis for CanolaInfo. This recipe is from Home is Where the Heart is Recipe Collection (U.S.) created in support of World Heart Day 2011. This collection encourages families to take control of their own health, starting in the home. Mini Calzones are a great idea for a quick lunch or snack. It is easy for moms and the  kids will love it!

Calzones, inspired by Italy, come in miniature versions in this recipe, making for a quick and
delicious meal or snack any time of day. They also make wonderful leftovers!

8 oz lean ground beef 250 g
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms 250 mL
1 clove garlic, minced
4 tsp canola oil, divided 20 mL
1/4 tsp dried Italian seasoning 1 mL
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 mL
14 oz prepared pizza dough 400 g
½ cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese 125 mL
1 cup reduced-sodium marinara sauce, warmed 250 mL

1. In large non-stick skillet, brown beef over medium heat until beef crumbles; drain and set aside. In separate large skillet, sauté onion, mushrooms and garlic in 1 Tbsp (15 mL) and 1 tsp (5 mL) canola oil over medium heat 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in Italian seasoning and pepper. Add to ground beef and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 450 ˚F (230 ˚C).

3. Divide dough into eight pieces. Roll each dough piece into 3-inch (7.5-cm) circle. Spoon beef mixture equally over half of each square, leaving 1/2-inch (1-cm) border. Top equally with cheese.

4. Fold dough over filling until edges almost meet. Bring bottom edges over top edges and crimp dough with fingers to form rim. Prick tops of calzones with fork to allow steam to escape. Place on large baking sheet lightly greased and floured. Brush each calzone with remaining canola oil, if desired.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

Yield: 8 servings. Serving size: 1 mini calzone.

Tip: You can make these one day ahead of time and heat before serving the next day. Lightly brush
calzones with canola oil before placing in the oven for a nice golden color and crisp texture. These
calzones will keep in the refrigerator as leftovers.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving:
Calories 210
Total Fat  6g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 20 mg
Sodium 450mg
Carbohydrates  27 g
Fiber 1g
Protein 12 g


This is a guest post by  Alison Lewis for

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women and childhood obesity is growing at an alarming rate. Since research has shown that obese children are at high risk of being overweight or obese as adults – and obesity is a risk factor for CVD – the urgent link between healthy habits in childhood and prevention of CVD later in life is clear. To combat these statistics, CanolaInfo partnered with Alison Lewis, president of Ingredients, Inc., cookbook author and mother, to create the “Home is Where the Heart is” recipe collection that both parents and children will enjoy. Each recipe is made with canola oil, which has the least saturated fat and most omega-3 fat of all cooking oils. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a qualified health claim for canola oil on its potential to reduce the risk of heart disease when used in place of saturated fat. All of her recipes are online at and they are also featured in an interactive game promoting heart health at Visit 

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49 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Guyanne Stanton October 3, 2011 at 9:07 am - Reply

    These look YUMMY!

  2. kelly hamilton October 3, 2011 at 9:08 am - Reply

    These look really good! Think I will put them on my list for next week!

  3. Leona Evans October 3, 2011 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I am passing this recipe on to a friend. He absolutely loves calzones and I believe he will enjoy this.

  4. Johnette Kuhn October 3, 2011 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I always love new recipes. Can not wait to try this one. Thanks

  5. Charity Lummel October 3, 2011 at 9:14 am - Reply

    These look like something my kids would love and I like that they are healthy.

  6. Sheralle October 3, 2011 at 9:26 am - Reply

    This looks yummy, healthy, and fun to make. I am definitely going to have to try this out.

  7. Alan Tong October 3, 2011 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Looks very delicious! Thanks Alison!

  8. Hollie A October 3, 2011 at 10:12 am - Reply

    These look really good!

  9. Amanda Nichols October 3, 2011 at 10:55 am - Reply

    First of all, I love how simple these are to make. Second, i love how versatile they are. You could fill them with just about anything and you can make them really healthy too! I however, would omit the beef for this particular recipe as my family and I are vegetarians. In it’s place I would use spinach for added protein and vitamins!

  10. Angela Mcneal October 3, 2011 at 11:57 am - Reply


  11. Jill L October 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    These sound wonderful!

  12. jolene October 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Wow! Great recipe. Thanks.

  13. won October 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Love this! And my son would too…for dinner or breakfast. Since he’s a teen, I like to check protein content and this is fabulous.

  14. Matt Ferrell October 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Yum! Love Calzones!

  15. Rachel R. October 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    This recipe sounds so good and I can’t wait to try it out with my family! I love that I get to have something I want to eat and it is still healthy for me to eat. Thank you for the recipe!

  16. Stephanie Mago-Eagle October 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    That looks so yummy I am going to have to make some

  17. Kari Howell October 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    This looks really good and I will definitely be making these.

  18. colleen b October 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    these look good! i might try them tomorrow.

  19. Danny Lindsey October 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    This looks very tasty!

  20. Lillian Hudson October 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Those look so yummy, I can’t wait to make them.

  21. Tiffany Iverson October 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Yum! This looks great!

  22. Julie October 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    These look like something the whole family would enjoy. I will have to make these soon for supper.

  23. Chantel McLaurin October 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    These look really yummy! I love calzones!

  24. Leah Walker October 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I don’t know that I’ve ever even had a calzone but this sound super yummy. Definitely bookmarking this one to try for the fam.

  25. Pam October 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I love calzones.

  26. Sherry S. October 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I love Calzones and will use this recipe.

  27. Sally Guillen October 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    This looks really delish and it’s healthy?? lol thanks for the great recipe!

  28. jenn October 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    this recipe looks so yummy and simple enough that even i can handle. thanks for all the easy recipes i use them

  29. Dee Wedell October 4, 2011 at 1:12 am - Reply

    I love calzones I will definitely have to try this!

  30. julie kowalewski October 4, 2011 at 8:12 am - Reply

    definitely sharing this recipe! Love it! simple and the grandson and kids will lovem!Julie Lovell Backes on facebook

  31. Minta October 4, 2011 at 9:04 am - Reply

    These look scrumptious!

  32. Julie October 4, 2011 at 11:18 am - Reply

    love these little calzones we are making them tonight for supper they will warm us up thanks for the recipes keep em coming:)

  33. Krista October 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I am going to try to make these for my hubby!

  34. Jennifer Anderson October 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    This sounds great! I love calzones!! Thanks for the recipe, I would love to try them!

  35. Melissa Lawler October 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    My daughter actually made some the other day using a gluten free pizza crust mix. She did a great job!

  36. Tamara B. October 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    These look really delicious and I know the family would love them! Thank-you for posting the delicious recipe.

  37. Holly Hennessy Swint October 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    oooo This look delicious!

  38. renee ficarotta October 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    super awesome i love it!

  39. Carrie Phelps October 5, 2011 at 4:22 am - Reply

    I love calzones but find they are too big! Thanks for the recipe for the mini version!

  40. Carol L October 5, 2011 at 9:23 am - Reply

    These look so delicious. And so easy to make. Thanks you for the recipe. It’s much appreciated. Also enjoyed your info on Canola Oil and how it reduces the risk for Heart Disease.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  41. Heather H October 7, 2011 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Just printed this off, yummy and easy-perfect for any get together! Thanks for sharing.

  42. Julie Cutshaw October 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I will for sure be trying this recipe, they look so tasty thanks!
    sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

  43. Delora Mccracken October 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    MMMM! I love calzones but they are usually made big. This recipe for smaller ones is great. THANKS!! LOVE YOUR SITE!

  44. Holly Hennessy Swint October 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    These look so good and easy to make! TY for the post!

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  47. Geri S October 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    GREAT!!! recipe and it sound AWESOME!!! something the family would ENJOY!!!

  48. Brittany K Choleva October 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  49. Beckie October 23, 2011 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Wow, those sounds awesome. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. :)

    - Beckie

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