Whole Wheat Calzones {Freezer Meal}


These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever!

Looking for a meal that everyone will devour? And that you can freeze and pack for school lunches? Whole Wheat Calzones are it!

These Whole Wheat Calzones are kind of a result of Two Peas and Their Pod‘s whole wheat pizza dough recipe making a baby with The Pioneer Woman‘s Easy Calzone recipe…with a few of my own tweaks. My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures again.

These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever!

Let’s pause here for a public service announcement about homemade pizza dough. Do not…I repeat…do not be scared off by the homemade dough part. It’s really not that hard! And let me tell you, friends, this entirely whole wheat dough comes out perfect–light, delicious and healthy. But, here’s the trick: use white whole wheat flour. It’s so much lighter than the other variety, but still a whole grain.

I always make two batches of the dough because it’s so easy. Plus, you can freeze the extra one if you don’t have time to make calzones or pizza with it right away.

These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever!

You can see here that after I formed the dough into a big ball, I divided it into 8 equal portions, which resulted in man-sized calzones. On the second batch, I divided it into 16 portions, which were perfect kid-sized calzones.

These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever!

After that, I formed them into little balls and then used a rolling pin to roll them out very thin.

These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever!

Now, what’s inside the calzone, you ask? Well, the inside of the calzone is similar to a lasagna filling. Gooey, comforting, and just plain yummy. It’s got three kinds of cheese, seasoning, and whatever cooked meat or veggies you prefer. Then, you seal them and brush on an egg wash, which gives them a nice golden color.

These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever!

Oops, I may have overfilled my first batch a little too much. It looked like they threw up lasagna filling. But, rest assured, the calzones were still gone minutes after being set on the table.

These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever!
I served these guys with some warm marinara sauce. We had to put the brakes on my 8-year-old son after he consumed calzone #4. Yes, #4. I’m gonna go broke when the teenage years hit, aren’t I?
These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever!

I know I sound like a broken record here, but can I say how much I love that you can double and freeze these Whole Wheat Calzones? All you do is bake, cool, and freeze them. They make for an easy lunch box main dish or weeknight dinner, because you can rewarm from frozen in the microwave in minutes. I even warm them in the morning, wrap in foil and an insulated pouch in their lunchbox, and send it with my kids to school.

These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever!Whole Wheat Calzones have already become a regular in our dinner routine. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Whole Wheat Calzones
 
These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever! Enjoy them for a weeknight meal and then freeze a bunch for easy lunches.
Author:
Serves: 8 large calzones or 16 small calzones
Ingredients
For Dough:
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 2¼ teaspoons (one ¼ oz packet) Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour (Highly recommend using white whole wheat flour!)
  • 1½ teaspoons Kosher salt
For Calzone Filling:
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, cooked OR 1 package uncured pepperoni, chopped (suggestion: Applegate Turkey Pepperoni)
  • 15 ounces, ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 whole eggs
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 whole egg, beaten
  • Marinara Sauce, for serving
Instructions
For Dough:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Stir and let sit until the yeast starts to foam and bubble, about 10 minutes.
  2. Using the dough hook, turn the mixer on low and slowly olive oil, honey, salt and the flour in 1 cup increments until all is added. Once dough starts to form, increase speed to medium. Mix for 5 minutes, until dough is well combined.
  3. Dust the counter with flour. Remove the dough and knead on counter a few times to form a ball. Place dough in a well-greased bowl, cover loosely with a towel, and let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place. At this point, dough is ready to use for calzones or to freeze to use later.
For Calzone:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, eggs, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper. If using pre-cooked Italian sausage or pepperoni, stir in now. Set aside.
  3. Grab a pinch of dough and roll into about a 2 inch ball (or desired size of calzone.) Roll out very thin, about ¼ of an inch thick.
  4. Spoon 3-4 tablespoons (approximately) filling onto half of the dough circle, leaving a little room around the edges. (Do not overfill the calzone or it will split open while baking.) Fold half of the dough over itself, then press edges to seal. Use the back of a fork to make sure it's sealed well. Then, poke a few holes with the fork in the top of each calzone.
  5. Brush surface of calzone with beaten egg, then bake on a parchment or foiled-lined baking sheet for 10-13 minutes, or until nice and golden brown. Serve with warm marinara sauce.
Notes
Freezer Meal Instructions:
To Freeze:
Cook according to instructions. Let calzones cool. Place in an airtight freezer bag or container. Freeze until ready to eat.
To Prepare:
Wrap frozen calzone in moist paper towel. Microwave on defrost setting until warmed through.




Comments

  1. Jennifer says

    I have been waiting to put these on my dinner rotation. I had too much filling for the amount of dough, so I just made a second batch of dough. Now I’m making scrambled eggs with ham and cheese to use with the leftover dough. I think I’m going to get four meals out of this. Thanks so much for this great recipe!

    • Rachel says

      Nice work! Breakfast calzones? Genius.

  2. Kristie says

    Have you used your whole wheat pizza dough bread machine recipe for these calzones? The recipe here seems easy enough, I’m just a bit addicted to my bread machine. 🙂

    • Rachel says

      I haven’t but I’m sure it would work just fine!

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