Homemade Vegan Calzone Stuffed with Meatballs –  If you are looking for quick weeknight dinner recipe, these vegan calzones are going to be a huge hit.  They take very little effort and taste amazing

Disclosure: Gardein sent me a few of their wonderful products via Meatless Monday movement to create vegan-friendly recipes.  No monetary compensation was provided and all opinions are my own

Have you seen calzones being made at Italian restaurants?

The whole process is so mesmerizing, isn’t it?

Years ago, when I worked at an Italian restaurant, my favorite thing was to watch the pizza chef make calzones.  He was so talented and his fingers would just fly when he was making them.

Overhead view of a whole vegan calzon. A side of sauce, cilantro and a pan filled with meatblalls are also visible
“Folded Pizza” is the ultimate vegan comfort food.

Tips for making it

  • Use store bought dough to make the calzone because it will save you a lot of time
  • Make the marinara sauce from scratch if you have the time. Otherwise, use a store bought marinara that is vegan friendly
  • You can add mushrooms and other veggies if you have them. Any in-season veggies will be perfect in this vegan calzone
  • Do not thaw the meatballs. Put them in the baking tray directly from the freezer and then into the pre-heated oven they go.
  • They are best when served right out of the oven.
  • The peppers add so much flavor to this recipe, so don’t skip them. You can even add these grilled peppers and onions in it and it will taste so good.

P/S: Have you tried my paneer pizza or my potato pizza?

Front view of a calzone cut into half and stacked.
The meatballs add a lot of “meat” to these vegan calzones.

Why is it called a calzone?

I have been reading on the history of calzones and there are so many theories out there.   The most common explanation I have heard is that Calzone translates to “stockings” or “pant legs”. 

I take it to mean that it pizza that you can eat while on the go or even put it in your handbag to take to work.

Ok, maybe not the second one.  But, the idea behind it is that its folded over pizza so that it can be mobile.

Calzone is affectionately known as the folded pizza around my house!

Source: Spizzico’s History of Calzones

Front view of a calzone cut into haalf and stacked.
You will love the ease and taste of these vegan calzones

Can I freeze calzones?

I have tried freezing calzones before and learned a few tips and tricks.

– If possible, freeze it before cooking it.  Make the dough, roll it and place the meatballs in the middle.  Seal it and wrap in aluminum foil and then put it into a ziploc before freezing them.  Be sure to wrap them individually and use them up in a month

– You can also make them and freeze them in the same way.  The only difference is that you should use it within a week or 2 weeks at the most

– When ready to use them, DO NOT thaw.  Place them in a 400° oven and let them thaw out that way.  I don’t like the idea of microwaving the cooked one, so, I highly recommend using the oven to cook them

What is the difference between a stromboli and a calzone

Calzone is a half-moon shaped and stromboli are long, log shaped meal.  The calzone can be stuffed with almost anything (like meatballs) where as the stromboli has limitations (no meatballs).

Stromboli is rolled in which is about 2 layers and it kind of makes it hard to stuff some ingredients.  It tastes just as delicious as calzones but harder to stuff.

I like them both, but, I am biased towards calzones.

Overhead view of a vegan calzon cut into half. A side of sauce, cilantro and a pan filled with meatblalls are also visible
They taste scrumptious right out of the oven

Gardein’s Meatless Meatballs

My favorite way to cook them is in the oven.  In there, they cook evenly and all through.  They can be cooked in the microwave, but, I wasn’t fan of the texture after microwaving them.

If you are not sure about an ingredient, consult my “What vegans don’t eat” guide or feel free to contact me directly.  I am always happy to hear from my readers.

Front view of Gardein Meatless Meatballs packet with a bowl filled with cooked meatballs on the side. Vegan calzone in the back
The Gardein meatballs are thick, moist and delicious

After cooking them in a pan with peppers, zoodles and tomato sauce, they were ready to eat just like that.  If you don’t feel like stuffing them in a calzone, just eat them right out of the pan like I did.

They can be perfect with pasta or even rice.  For the pizza sauce, you can use my homemade pizza sauce recipe made from scratch, if you have time (takes about 30 minutes to make my pizza sauce recipe)

What’s your favorite way to stuff calzones?

Front view of a calzone cut into half and stacked.

How to make vegan calzones stuffed with meatballs

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Stuff calzones with vegan meatballs and pizza sauce
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 calzones
Calories 830 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the pizza dough

For the stuffing

  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic crushed
  • 1/4 Red Onion Julienned
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper Julienned
  • 2 Zucchini medium sized and zoodled
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Pizza Sauce for cooking
  • 1 packet Gardein Glassic Meatless Meatballs
  • Pizza Sauce for dipping
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450
  • Place the meatballs on a oiled baking tray and put it in the oven
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until they are browned
  • Cut the dough into 4 pieces and cover with a damp cloth. Set aside
  • Heat a stainless steel pan on medium heat for 30 seconds
  • Add the oil and garlic
  • Add the onions and bell peppers
  • Cook until they are soft (about 4-5 minutes)
  • Add the zucchini zoodles and cook for about 3 minutes
  • Add the pizza sauce
  • Mix well and set aside
  • Set the oven heater to 400°
  • Roll the dough in a long shape (like a flatbread)
  • Place the meatballs stuffings on one side, keeping the edges clean (about 3 meatballs per dough)
  • Fold over the bottom part of the dough
  • Using a fork, seal the top and bottom of the calzone
  • Place the calzone on an oiled baking tray
  • Generously brush the top of the calzone with almond milk
  • Repeat the process for the remaining 3 dough pieces
  • Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes until the top is browned
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool to touch before serving
  • Serve with pizza sauce

Video

Notes

– My local grocery store sells 16oz pizza dough which is about 1Lb per bag.  So, I used 2 bags.  Each bag makes 2 calzones, so, you will have 4 calzones in total
–  I put about 3 meatballs per calzone.  If you don’t want to make all 4 at once, refrigerate the remaining meatballs stuffing and use it in the future.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 830kcal
Keyword Calzone recipe, how to make calzones, vegan calzones
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2 Comments

  1. I’m making this now. Not done yet, so obviously I haven’t tried them yet, but they look great and I’m very excited.

    I had to come back to the website and watch the video, because the printed version of the recipe does not say where/when to add the pizza sauce and salt (and does not say to add the meatballs to the veggie stuffing).

    1. Oh no! So sorry about that Nathan. I did go ahead and change the recipe instructions to include when the pizza sauce is to be added. You are awesome for bringing it to my attention.