Two Cheese and Ground Beef Calzone

Hello again.  This is yet another pre-move recipe.  This was a super-duper simple calzone recipe courtesy of The Nest.  It called for homemade marinara sauce, but I just used store-bought (I’ve checked ingredients of most store-bought, and honestly, it’s mostly the same).  I also HATE tomatoes, and I’ve found that I really, really, really have to puree the tomatoes in order to get the sauce to be chunk-free, and that’s just too much work.  Also, store-bought is less than a dollar, whereas homemade is super expensive!


On a related note, I do loooove homemade alfredo sauce!  Cheesy, creamy goodness.  Mmmm…now I want alfredo! ;);)

In any case, this was an easy meal to throw together (I used refrigerated dough)…and the calzones were HUGE!!  Plus, I wasn’t paying attention to the serving size, so we had TONS of the meat mixture left over, since I made the full 4 serving amount, but for only two of us.  Oops. =P

Side note: I apologize for the terrible photo quality!


Two Cheese and Ground Beef Calzone

serves 4

-1lb cooked seasoned leanest ground beef (I just threw in onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, all the good stuff!)
-1cu shredded low-moisture/part-skim/health-ified mozzarella cheese
-1/4cu ricotta cheese
1 large egg
-1cu 30-Minute Marinara (click The Nest’s link above for the recipe – or just use store-bought)
-1 package refrigerated pizza dough

-Mix beef and cheeses in medium bowl. Stir in egg and Marinara. Set aside.
-Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll out each piece on lightly floured surface to 7-inch round. Spoon an equal portion of beef mixture on each round, leaving 1-inch border. Fold dough over to make a semicircle. Pinch edges together and fold over to seal tightly. Place on nonstick baking sheet.
-Bake in preheated 425ºF oven 20 minutes or until slightly puffed and golden brown.


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