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These easy, cheesy Meatball Calzones start with premade pizza dough and frozen meatballs, making them super quick to put together! It’s a recipe the whole family will love!

A calzone on a wire rack sprinkled with parmesan cheese and parsley.

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Anyone else LOVE Italian food?  Yep, same here!  And what I love even more is Italian food I can whip up quickly any night of the week.  Enter these Meatball Calzones!

This is the perfect recipe when you need something quick as it uses pre-made dough & meatballs and the kids love them!  

Ingredients needed to make Meatball Calzones setting on a white countertop.

Ingredients Needed

  • Store-Bought Pizza Dough – I like the Pillsbury 13.8 ounce tube of pizza dough.  You can also use a homemade pizza crust recipe, if you prefer.  I’ve seen calzones made with pie crust, but much prefer the flavor and texture of traditional pizza dough.
  • Pizza Sauce 
  • Mozzarella Cheese – I prefer to shred the cheese myself as it tends to be more creamy and melt better than pre-shredded cheese.
  • Meatballs – You can use homemade or frozen Italian meatballs from the grocery store (just make sure they’re thawed before you bake the calzones).
  • Vegetable Oil – Or olive oil
  • Parmesan Cheese 
  • Italian Seasoning – You can also top with garlic powder and red pepper flakes!
Two calzones stacked on each other showing the inside full of meatballs and mozzarella cheese.

What is a Calzone?

If you’ve never had a calzone, you’re in for a real treat!!  A traditional calzone is made with a yeast dough pressed into a circle, filled with meats and cheeses, folded over, crimped around the edges and baked.  Ricotta is the most common cheese, though my kiddos prefer mozzarella so that’s what I went with here!

How to Make Easy Meatball Calzones

Start by opening a tube of pizza dough and dividing it into 4 equal pieces.

Shape each of the four dough pieces into an 7- to 8-inch circle. I find it easiest to do with a rolling pin. If the dough is really sticky, add a little flour to the surface you’re working on.

Next, keeping a 1-inch border spread about 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce over half of the circle. Then, sprinkle on some of the mozzarella cheese.

Next, cut your thawed meatballs into quarters. Divide meatballs and the remaining cheese onto the calzones.

​Fold the dough over and press edges together. I find that it works best to fold the bottom layer of dough up over the top layer and pinch them together.

Place calzones on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or coated in cooking spray for easy release. Brush with oil, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.

Use a knife to cut three small holes or slits into the calzones.

A calzone baked to perfection.

Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown on the top and on the bottom. If they’re browning too quickly on top, simply cover them with foil until they’re done throughout.

Warm leftover sauce in a small bowl and serve with the warm calzones!

A hand holding a piece of a meatball calzone; dipping it into a small bowl of pizza sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store leftover calzones?

Let the calzones cool completely, then place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

How do you reheat leftover calzones?

​Warm them in the microwave, oven or in the air fryer.

What is the difference between a calzone and Stromboli?

They’re very similar in that they both use yeast dough and are filled with pizza toppings before being baked to perfection.  A calzone is folded to create a half-moon shape whereas a Stromboli is rolled up.

​What other toppings are good in a calzone?

You can customize calzones to make them exactly how you like!  Other than meatballs, you could add in cooked Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, onions, olives, peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, a spoonful of ricotta cheese, etc!

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Meatball calzone on a small wire cooling rack.

Meatball Calzones

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
4 large calzones
These easy, cheesy Meatball Calzones start with premade pizza dough and frozen meatballs, making them super quick to put together! It's a recipe the whole family will love!


  • One Sheet Pan


  • One 13.8 ounce tube pizza dough
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 12 ounces frozen meatballs* thawed and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • additional pizza sauce for dipping optional


  • Preheat oven to 375℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Open the tube of pizza dough and divide it into 4 equal rectangles.
    One 13.8 ounce tube pizza dough
  • Re-shape each piece of dough into a 7-inch circle.
  • Spread about 1 tablespoon of the pizza sauce onto half of each of the circles, leaving at least 1/2 inch from the edge.
    1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • Then, top with 1/4 cup of shredded cheese, the quartered meatballs and then the remaining cheese.
    1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 12 ounces frozen meatballs*
  • Fold the other half of the dough over the toppings.
  • Fold the edges of the dough and pinch them together; transfer to the baking sheet.
  • Brush the oil over the calzone; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Cut three small slits into the tops of the calzones.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Serve warm with additional pizza sauce, if desired.
    additional pizza sauce for dipping


You can certainly use cooked homemade meatballs and homemade pizza dough, as well.
Try adding different vegetables to the calzones such as peppers, onions and mushrooms.
You can also swap the meatballs out for cooked ground Italian sausage and/or pepperoni!


Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1200mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 4.2g | Sugar: 5.9g | Vitamin A: 193IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 431mg | Iron: 1.9mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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