Spinach and Cheese Calzone

Spinach and Cheese Calzone

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!
Total Time 35 Minutes
Servings 6

Ingredient List

  • 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


  1. Heat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain well, pressing excess moisture out with paper towels.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Fold dough over, press edges with fingers or fork to seal and cut small vents in the top; place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Brush with slightly beaten egg white; sprinkle with sesame seeds or Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with salsa for dipping.

Expert Tips

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