I was completely excited to try these calzones. They are based off of this recipe for garlic bread baked with spaghetti inside that I got from Pinterest. I'm a huge fan of baking my own bread, so I wasn't going to buy a pre-made loaf as the instructions suggest. I decided to also take it up a notch by making everyone their own little pocket of spaghetti goodness.
I used my basic pizza dough recipe (below) to make four calzones which I then stuffed it with a mix of my homemade spaghetti sauce and angel hair pasta. I brushed the outside with a mix of garlic, butter, and basil before sticking it in the oven, and then another coating when there were 10 minutes of baking time left.
As you can see, the spaghetti probably could have used a bit more sauce and definitely more cheese. It was a good concept though. I'll be trying these again with my suggested changes.
There really isn't a wrong way to do a calzone. What ingredients would you include in yours so turn up the flavor?
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Plus, extra flour and olive oil
- Dissolve the sugar into the warm water then stir in yeast and let sit until foamy.
- Add flour (reserving 1 cup) and salt to large bowl.
- Mix in yeast mixture, oil, and slowly add remaining flour until the dough has come together (you might need slightly more or less flour). Knead until smooth.
- Form the dough into a ball and lightly coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to sit until doubled in size (hour-ish).
- Once the dough has risen, punch it down and form a ball again. Let it rise a second time, covered.
- When ready, roll dough out on a lightly floured surface. This can be used for pizza, calzones, garlic rolls.