Spinach, Provolone, and Pepperoni Calzone Recipe

A spinach and pepperoni calzone cut in half on a cutting board.

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You can make this calzone with store-bought dough if you'd like, or use this recipe, which is an adaptation of my NY-style dough. If you don't have much experience working with calzones, you might find it much easier to transfer the calzones to the peel and the stone if you build them directly on a sheet of parchment paper. Transfer them, parchment and all, to the peel and then to the stone in the oven.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Proof/Rest: 25 hrs 55 mins
Total: 26 hrs 40 mins
Serves: 3 to 4 servings
Makes: 2 large calzones

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  • 11 ounces (about 2 cups) bread flour, plus more for dusting surfaces

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 0.15 ounces salt (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)

  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 6 1/2 ounces (1 cup minus 3 tablespoons) lukewarm water

  • 1 (6-ounce) bag baby spinach

  • 8 ounces provolone cheese, cut into small cubes

  • 4 ounces pepperoni or soppressata slices, cut into 1-inch by 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in bowl of food processor. Pulse 3 to 4 times until incorporated. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and water. Run food processor until mixture forms ball that rides around the bowl above the blade, about 15 seconds. Continue processing 15 seconds longer.

  2. Transfer dough ball to lightly floured surface and knead once or twice by hand until smooth ball is formed. Divide dough into 2 even parts and place each in a covered quart-sized deli container or in a zipper-lock freezer bag. Place in refrigerator and allow to rise at least one day, and up to 5.

  3. At least two hours before baking, remove dough from refrigerator and shape into balls by gathering dough towards bottom and pinching shut. Flour well and place each one in a separate medium mixing bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise at warm room temperature until roughly doubled in volume.

  4. Meanwhile, place spinach in microwave-safe bowl and cover with large plate. Microwave on high heat until wilted, about 1 minute. Transfer spinach to a triple layer of paper towels and roll tightly. Press to remove excess moisture. Roughly chop spinach and transfer back to bowl. Add provolone, pepperoni, parmesan, and remaining olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss to combine.

  5. 1 hour before baking, adjust oven rack with pizza stone to upper-middle position and preheat oven to 500°F.

  6. When ready to bake, turn single dough ball out onto lightly flour surface. Gently flatten ball with fingers. Using a flour rolling pin, roll into a circle 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Repeat with remaining dough ball. Working quickly, divide between dough discs, spreading it over half of each one. Fold the dough over and fold and crease the edges to seal.

  7. Carefully transfer to floured wooden pizza peel and slide onto stone. Bake until deep golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
822 Calories
47g Fat
64g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 822
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 1699mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 611mg 47%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 506mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)