30 Minute Calzone

28 April 2018 by Natanja

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  • A super quick and incredibly delicious dinner recipe that you can make in a pinch. Comfort food in 30 minutes.

    Cheesy calzone on parchment paper garnished with fresh oregano.

    Have you ever made homemade pizza or calzone? If so, then you know how much work the dough is! Today we are simplifying the traditional calzone and using puff pastry instead of yeast dough. This will substantially shorten the baking time, keep your kitchen mess free and provide you with a delicious dinner in about 30 minutes! Despite this little shortcut, the calzone has an amazing flavor, especially if you make your own marinara sauce. The incredibly crispy and light puff pastry (topped with a generous amount of cheese of course) satisfies any pizza craving.

    Cheesy calzone on wooden background next to jar of marinara sauce.

    I am almost too embarrassed to tell you how this recipe came to be. In fact, the first time I made this calzone was a pure accident. This was never supposed to be a calzone.

    It all started with some puff pastry dough and the wish to make pizza pin wheels (which are a regular in our household). I was filling it with my usual pizza-type fillings and everything was working great. Then when it came to rolling it up, my brain shut off entirely. I stood there absentmindedly, rolling the dough widthwise as opposed to lengthwise. Before I even knew what I was doing the dough was rolled up into a giant big blob. I still debated whether or not I could maybe cut it into slices only to come to the conclusion, that I had utterly failed at my mission to make pinwheels. However, failure is not a word we use here on HBB so instead I took the Tatin sisters as my example and got creative. I closed up the sides and sprinkled some cheese over it, making a calzone out of it. I found the end result so delicious, I wanted to officially this recipe with you.

    The lesson we learn from that: keep calm and bake on like the Tatin sisters.

    Cheesy calzone on parchment paper garnished with fresh oregano.

    Now let’s get into the preparation. (Spoiler: it’s super easy!)

    Spreading a layer of marinara sauce on the puff pastry.

    Roll out your puff pastry dough and spread the marinara sauce on top. I used about a cup of marinara sauce for my dough.

    Puff pastry topped with marinara sauce, corn, tomatoes and cheddar cheese.

    Add toppings of your choice. I kept it incredibly simple with just tomatoes, corn and cheese but you can add whatever you wish. Keep in mind to only add a thin layer otherwise rolling it up becomes quite a challenge!

    Rolling filled calzone lengthwise.

    Roll roll roll. Make sure to roll the dough (widthwise) as tightly as possible.

    Brushing calzone with egg white.

    Crimp the sides together to prevent your filling from oozing out while baking. Use a fork to make a nice pattern. Then brush with an egg wash. (This will give it that beautiful golden color.)

    A calzone sprinkled with cheddar cheese.

    Sprinkle with cheese and bake!

    It’s literally as simple as that. It’s best to let it cool a bit before slicing, otherwise your slices will look a bit messy. However, they’ll still taste great of course. 😉

    A sliced cheesy calzone garnished with oregano.
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    30 Minute Calzone

    • Prep Time: 10
    • Cook Time: 20
    • Total Time: 30
    • Yield: 1 (serves 2) 1x


    A super quick and incredibly delicious dinner recipe that you can make in a pinch. Comfort food in 30 minutes.


    • 1 sheet of puff pastry
    • 250ml marinara sauce (1 cup)
    • filling of your choice: e.g. cherry tomatoes, corn and grated cheese
    • 1 egg
    • grated cheese for sprinkling


    1. Roll out the puff pastry dough and preheat your oven to 200C or 400F.
    2. Spread a layer of marinara sauce onto the puff pastry dough.
    3. Add fillings of your choice and tightly roll up, widthwise.
    4. Whisk an egg and lightly brush the calzone with it. Use the leftovers for another recipe.
    5. Sprinkle with a generous amount of cheese and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
    6. Let it cool slightly before slicing and serve hot or at room temperature.


    My puff pastry dough was rather small, that’s why the recipe only serves 2 people. Double or triple if making for more people.

    Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.




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