Calzone

Italian calzone

Serves 4

  • 1 pizza dough recipe

  • flour, for dusting

  • olive oil

  • 500 g mixed mushrooms (such as girolles, shiitake, enoki and chestnut), cleaned and torn up

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely sliced

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • 50 g butter

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 200 ml quickest tomato sauce

  • 300 g spinach leaves, washed and spun dry

  • 2 x 125 g good-quality mozzarella pieces, torn into pieces

First, make your pizza dough. Preheat the oven to full whack, then tear the knocked-back dough into four pieces and roll each one out on a floured surface. You want to get them roughly circular, about the thickness of a pound coin, and 30cm across. You can now either keep these in the fridge, stacked and separated with olive-oil-rubbed and flour-dusted tinfoil, until you're ready to cook them, or you can put your topping on and cook them straight away.



Pour a large lug of olive oil into a hot frying pan. Add the mushrooms and toss briefly in the hot oil before adding the sliced garlic and the thyme. Fry until the mushrooms are cooked and smell fantastic. Drop in the butter and toss the mushrooms in it to make them tasty and shiny. Season with a little salt and pepper.



Add the tomato sauce to the pan and stir. Cook for a few minutes, then add the spinach (in batches if you need to) and stir again. Simmer away the liquid until you're left with a thick, tasty mixture that's not too moist (otherwise it will burst through the dough when you're cooking the calzone).



Divide the mushroom and spinach mixture evenly between the four pizza bases and spread it out nicely. Top with pieces of mozzarella and season with salt and pepper. To make your calzone, carefully lift the far edge of the pizza dough and pull it over the top towards you – you basically need to fold it in half (imagine it looking like a big Cornish pasty!). Crimp the edges so none of the filling can spill out. Place the calzone side by side on a floured baking tray (use two if you need to), pizza stone or granite slab.



Cook for 10 to 15 minutes on the bottom of the preheated oven until the dough is puffed up and golden on top and the filling is hot.

Nutritional Information

Calzone

Filled with mushrooms, spinach and melted mozzarella

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This cracking calzone recipe makes a clever portable lunch and is great for using up leftover veg
Serves 4
1h 30m
Not too tricky
Method

Calzone is a folded Italian pizza which, by the sheer nature of its shape, is far more portable than a normal pizza and looks a bit like a Cornish pasty. Although the flavourings can be the same as for pizza, Italians often fill their calzone with leftover veg from the night before, or with various things that need using up, mixed with lovely tomatoes and some melting mozzarella. Great served hot or cold.

First, make your pizza dough. Preheat the oven to full whack, then tear the knocked-back dough into four pieces and roll each one out on a floured surface. You want to get them roughly circular, about the thickness of a pound coin, and 30cm across. You can now either keep these in the fridge, stacked and separated with olive-oil-rubbed and flour-dusted tinfoil, until you're ready to cook them, or you can put your topping on and cook them straight away.

Pour a large lug of olive oil into a hot frying pan. Add the mushrooms and toss briefly in the hot oil before adding the sliced garlic and the thyme. Fry until the mushrooms are cooked and smell fantastic. Drop in the butter and toss the mushrooms in it to make them tasty and shiny. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Add the tomato sauce to the pan and stir. Cook for a few minutes, then add the spinach (in batches if you need to) and stir again. Simmer away the liquid until you're left with a thick, tasty mixture that's not too moist (otherwise it will burst through the dough when you're cooking the calzone).

Divide the mushroom and spinach mixture evenly between the four pizza bases and spread it out nicely. Top with pieces of mozzarella and season with salt and pepper. To make your calzone, carefully lift the far edge of the pizza dough and pull it over the top towards you – you basically need to fold it in half (imagine it looking like a big Cornish pasty!). Crimp the edges so none of the filling can spill out. Place the calzone side by side on a floured baking tray (use two if you need to), pizza stone or granite slab.

Cook for 10 to 15 minutes on the bottom of the preheated oven until the dough is puffed up and golden on top and the filling is hot.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 1301
    65%
  • Carbs 118.0g
    45%
  • Sugar 5.4g 6%
  • Fat 31.5g 45%
  • Saturates 9.1g 46%
  • Protein 30.4g 68%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 1 pizza dough recipe

  • flour, for dusting

  • olive oil

  • 500 g mixed mushrooms (such as girolles, shiitake, enoki and chestnut), cleaned and torn up

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely sliced

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • 50 g butter

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 200 ml quickest tomato sauce

  • 300 g spinach leaves, washed and spun dry

  • 2 x 125 g good-quality mozzarella pieces, torn into pieces