Friday, August 1, 2008

Ricotta-Spinach Calzones

These calzones are absolutely delicious, with a moist, flavorful filling and a tender crust. Compared to the original recipe, my main changes were to reduce the amount of filling by half (Mollie Katzen must have been on crack if she thought a full recipe of filling would fit into that amount of dough!) and to add in some pepperonis (to the originally vegetarian recipe). With or without the pepperoni, this recipe is a winner. I'd suggest serving with marinara sauce for dipping.

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Ricotta-Spinach Calzones (from Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook)

Makes 6 calzones (enough for 6 regular eaters or 3 big eaters)


1 ½ tsp dry yeast

1 T honey

1 cup warm water

1 ½ tsp salt

2 ½-3 cups flour (mix whole wheat and white, or just white)

Soften together the yeast, honey, and water for 5-10 minutes until the yeast bubbles up. Add the salt and flour, then knead 10-15 minutes (by hand, or less if using a stand mixer). Cover, and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Prepare the filling while the dough rises:

½ pound fresh spinach

2 T butter, very soft

1 clove minced garlic

¼ cup minced onion

½ pound ricotta cheese

1 packed cup grated mozzarella

¼ cup grated parmesan

Dash nutmeg

Salt and pepper

Several pepperonis (optional)

1. Wash, stem, and finely chop the spinach. Steam it quickly over medium high heat, adding no additional water. When wilted and deep green, it is done and should be removed to a mixing bowl with a slotted spoon.

2. Saute the garlic and onion in half the butter (1 T) until translucent and soft. Add to the bowl with the spinach. Add the cheeses, nutmeg, and remaining 1 T butter and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reserve pepperonis for the next step.

Make the calzones:

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Punch down the dough. Divide into six sections and roll or press out into rounds about ¼-inch thick. Fill each with ½ - ¾ cup filling, placing the filling on half of the circle and leaving a ½-inch rim. Tuck in a few pepperonis, if desired. Moisten the rim with water, fold the empty side over, and crimp the edge well with a fork. Prick the top 2-3 times.

2. Bake the calzones on oiled trays for 15-20 minutes, until crisp and lightly-browned.

3. If desired, serve with good marinara or meat sauce for dipping.


  1. Moosewood is one of my old favorite cookbooks but I don't think I've ever made this from it. Your calzones look terrific!

  2. This looks AMAZING. I have got to try it!

  3. I have a Moosewood cookbook packed away in storage somewhere. Great book. I also can not remember the last time that I had a calzone. They look absolutely wonderful.

  4. Oh my.

    Can you come make these for me please? I'm bad with dough but the combo of crispy bread, cheese and spinach is enough to move me to tears sometimes. :P

    Thanks for coming by...

  5. those look delicious. i'm too lazy to make them, but i want one!

  6. I love these - I cheat by making the dough in a bread machine. ;) great blog!

  7. I love these - I cheat by making the dough in a bread machine. ;) great blog!

  8. I love these - I cheat by making the dough in a bread machine. ;) great blog!

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