Cheap Pizza Calzones!

There’s nothing like the joy of making a quick and easy meal that also happens to be a family favorite. That’s exactly what these Cheap Pizza Calzones bring to our table. Using readily available ingredients like Pillsbury Pizza Crust and Armour Pepperoni, these calzones are not just budget-friendly, but also a hit with both adults and kids. The best part? They’re customizable. We’ve tried adding ground sausage in the past, and it turned out fantastic! Topped with a homemade mix of butter, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning, these calzones are a delicious treat that everyone looks forward to.


  • Pillsbury Pizza Crust (Thin Crust) or any frozen pizza crust
  • Armour Pepperoni
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Butter
  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasoning Mix


  1. Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 425°F or as directed on the pizza dough packaging.
  2. Prepare the Baking Tray: Lay down aluminum foil on the baking tray and spray it with cooking oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Prepare the Dough: Roll out the pizza dough and cut it into four pieces (or more/less based on preference).
  4. Add Toppings: Place pepperoni and cheese on each dough piece, alternating between them until satisfied.
  5. Seal the Calzones: Fold the dough over the toppings and press down the edges. Use a fork to seal the edges firmly.
  6. Vent the Calzones: Make 2-3 small slits on the top of each calzone.
  7. Add the Seasoning Mix: Melt some butter and mix in garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Brush this mixture over the calzones.
  8. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve: Enjoy hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: Approximately 300-400 per calzone
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Protein: 12g (Note: Nutritional values can vary based on the ingredients used.)

Bonus Tips:

  • Dough Selection: While thin crust is preferred for a crispy texture, feel free to experiment with other types of pizza dough based on availability and preference.
  • Filling Variations: Don’t hesitate to get creative with the fillings. Vegetables, different types of cheese, or various meats can add a unique twist.
  • Sealing Technique: Ensure the edges of the calzones are sealed tightly to prevent the filling from oozing out during baking.
  • Even Cooking: Place the calzones evenly spaced on the baking tray to ensure uniform cooking.

FAQ Section:

  1. Can I make these calzones ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare them in advance and refrigerate. Just add a few extra minutes to the baking time when cooking from cold.
  2. Can I use homemade pizza dough? Absolutely! Homemade dough can be a great alternative.
  3. What other cheeses work well in these calzones? Apart from mozzarella, try ricotta, cheddar, or a blend of Italian cheeses for different flavors.
  4. Are there vegetarian options for fillings? Yes, you can use a variety of vegetables like bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, or spinach.
  5. How do I store leftovers? Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

These Cheap Pizza Calzones are not just a meal; they’re a fun and interactive way to bring everyone together in the kitchen. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a party with friends, these calzones promise a delightful experience for all.