Spinach and Cheese Calzone

  • Mild
  • 35 Minutes
  • Vegetarian
  • Serves 6
  • Bakes
Looking for a quick and easy alternative to pizza? Bake calzones instead! Pillsbury's* Italian Pizza Crust makes it simple — and your kids will get a healthy serving of spinach out of this tasty dish!


  • 1 pkg (300 g) frozen cut leaf spinach
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) chopped onion
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
  • 1 cup (250 mL) cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 cans (235 g) Pillsbury* Italian Pizza Crust
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) sesame seed OR Parmesan Cheese
  • Old El Paso* Thick N' Chunky Salsa - optional


  • Heat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain well, pressing excess moisture out with paper towels.
  • In medium skillet, cook garlic, onion and basil in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in salt and pepper, mixing well.
  • In medium bowl, combine spinach, onion mixture, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese and egg yolk, mixing until well blended. Unroll well-chilled dough and cut into 8 rectangles.
  • Press or roll each piece into a 5x7-inch (12x17 cm) rectangle. Spread 1/4 cup (50 mL) spinach cheese mixture in middle of dough leaving 1/2" (1 cm) edge to seal.
  • Fold dough over, press edges with fingers or fork to seal and cut small vents in the top; place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Brush with slightly beaten egg white; sprinkle with sesame seeds or Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with salsa for dipping.

Expert Tips

Tip: Create a new taste experience by introducing a variety of cheese such as feta, goat and ricotta to your calzone.