Spinach & Mushroom Calzones {Vegetarian}

We might raise our own meat: beef, pork, and chicken – but we also choose to eat vegetarian once or twice a week for health purposes as well as the financial benefits.

A fresh batch of ricotta and mozzarella make these calzones the perfect meal for a Wednesday evening. Ricotta is one of the simplest cheeses to make, and will leave you feeling like a farmstead rockstar. I made the cheeses the morning of, before my farm deliveries, and the dough upon returning home. Components spread throughout the day make for an easy compilation at dinner time.


The crust for these calzones are from scratch whole wheat – with a small amount of honey to activate the yeast, and only take an hour. Pizza dough is definitely one of those things that are super easy to make by hand. You can whip up a batch to rise quickly.

Mushrooms, Spinach, Garlic, and melty cheese. You can’t go wrong with those flavors.






Add these calzones to your weekly meal planning. You won’t regret it!

Serves 4

Spinach & Mushroom Calzones {Vegetarian}

Whole wheat calzones filled with mushrooms, spinach, and melty cheese. The perfect weeknight meal for busy parents who love garlic.

20 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 2 cups Ricotta
  • 1 cup Grated Mozzarella
  • ½ cup Grated Parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups Mushrooms (cleaned and chopped)
  • 3 cups Spinach (chopped)
  • 4 cloves Garlic (diced)
  • 1 stick Butter
  • ¼ Fresh Parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • ½ tsp Red Chili Flakes
  • ¼ cup melted garlic butter for brushing tops (melted)
  • Cornmeal for sprinkling baking sheet
  • Marinara for dipping.


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. If using stone baking sheets, place in oven to preheat.
  3. Divide prepared pizza dough into four equal pieces.
  4. Gently clean mushroom by wiping with a cloth or paper towel.
  5. Prepare calzone filling by sautéing mushrooms and spinach in butter over medium heat.
  6. As the mushrooms and spinach begin to cook down, add garlic and 1 tsp salt.
  7. Once mushroom and spinach are cooked down, drain liquid through a mesh strainer. Set aside.
  8. Prepare cheese mixture by mixing ricotta, shredded mozzarella, and parmesan in a large bowl.
  9. To cheeses, add one egg, salt, pepper, chili flakes, and chopped parsley. Mix gently to incorporate.
  10. Begin filling calzones.
  11. Roll out pizza dough into a rough circle.
  12. Place ⅓ cup cheese mixture on one side of the pizza circle.
  13. Spoon ¼ cup mushroom filling onto cheese.
  14. Fold over the other half of pizza dough, pinching seams. Crimp edges as you prefer.
  15. Brush melted garlic butter on top. Sprinkle with corse salt and grated parmesan.
  16. Sprinkle baking sheets or stoneware with cornmeal to prevent calzones from sticking.
  17. Transfer prepared calzones to baking sheet.
  18. In a hot oven, bake calzones for 20-25 minutes.
  19. Remove from oven.
  20. Serve hot with marinara for dipping and a side salad.


If you don't have time to prepare the cheeses or dough, store bought will also work beautifully.

Bonus: You can freeze these before or after baking! Simply place on a baking sheet. Freeze for a couple hours. Transfer to a freezer safe bag. Bake (do not thaw) in a screaming hot oven until cooked all the way through. Easy!

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