Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sausage Spinach Calzones from Saving Said Simply

Nothing says YUM better than quick, easy, real ingredients and cheap! This is why I love pinning Christie from Saving Said Simply's recipes. This calzone recipe below can easily be adjusted to fit your family's tastes and even better.. I bet you can make them ahead of time and freeze them for a 'dinner in a pinch' night!
When it comes to family dinner time, there's always a few staple recipes I keep on hand. One of our family favorites is this recipe for Sausage Spinach Calzones. Quick, hits all major food groups, crowd pleaser and less than $2 per serving, we have one happy (and full) family! I love saving leftovers for lunches the next day too. 

  • 2 Cans Refrigerated Pizza Dough (I use Pillsbury THIN CRUST Pizza Dough - about $2 a can on sale)
  • 1 Jar of Pizza Sauce 14 oz. ($1.50 or less on sale)
  • 1 Sausage Roll 12 oz. (about $2.50-$3 on sale)
  • 1 cup of Shredded Cheese 8 oz. (Mozzarella or 4 Cheese Pizza works best) ($2.50 or less)
  • 2 cups Fresh Spinach, chopped (I buy them when BOGO $3.99 - or $2 each bag)
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese
TOTAL = about $12.50 for 8 calzones (or $1.56 per serving)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown Sausage over medium heat. Drain.
2. Mix browned sausage, 2 cups of spinach, 1 cup shredded cheese and 1 cup of pizza sauce in large bowl until well coated.
3. On lightly floured surface, roll out 1 can of pizza dough into 16 inch square. (This is why thin crust comes in handy). Cut into 4 inch squares.
4. Fill each square with about 1/2-3/4 cup of sausage mixture. Fold dough over into a triangle (gotta have the classic calzone shape).
5. Press edges together with a fork to seal. Prick tops of the calzones with a fork. Place calzones onto baking
6. Repeat steps 3-5 for 2nd can of pizza dough
7. Brush milk onto tops of the calzones. (I cheat and just use my fingers instead of a brush. The idea is to keep the calzones from burning/drying out).
8. Add sprinkle Parmesan cheese (as you can tell, my son really likes this step).
9. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for about 18 minutes or golden brown. 

Makes 8 servings

Read more about Christie at Saving Said Simply: An Asian Mommy Blog for more great recipes, kid crafts, family-friendly ideas and giveaways! Christie loves providing honest reviews on family-related products and services and sharing her knowledge of everything Orlando too! You'll find some parenting laughs, kid mishaps and great adventures of her family of 4 as she "saves" each precious moment. Be sure to check out Christie's website and follow via FacebookTwitter, & Pinterest for more great family moments!

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