Saturday, March 7, 2009

Calzones with Italian Tomato Sauce

Deliver with potato chips and fresh fruit.

Makes 6 servings

* 1 pound lean ground beef
* 3 1/2 cups (14 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
* 1 (6-ounce) can low-sodium tomato paste
* 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
* 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
* 2 (10-ounce) cans refrigerated pizza crust
* Olive oil
* Italian Tomato Sauce
1 1/2 cups
* 1 1/4 cups tomato sauce
* 1/4 cup tomato paste
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Cook all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain.

Combine beef, 2 1/2 cups cheese, and next 3 ingredients.

Unroll each pizza crust, and cut each crust into thirds. Roll each portion to a 5-inch circle. Spread 3/4 cup of meat mixture evenly over half of each circle. Moisten edges with water; fold dough over, pressing or crimping edges to seal. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet, and cut slits in tops to allow steam to escape. Brush with olive oil.

Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Top with Italian Tomato Sauce; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Melt cheese under broiler, if desired.

Note: Freeze baked calzones up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Wrap calzones in aluminum foil, and bake at 300° for 1 hour or until thoroughly heated.

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recipes by: Southern Living


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