Cheesy Whole Wheat Vegetable Calzones

Cheesy Whole Wheat Vegetable Calzones

Creamy, cheesey vegetable filling inside a whole wheat bread


6 servings


Calzone Dough Ingredients:

1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 to 3 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon dry yeast

Filling Ingredients:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons dried onions
1/3 cup pizza sauce
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing (creamy or regular)
1 large head of broccoli (about 7 ounces)
1 large carrot, finely shredded
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 ounces (2 cups) shredded sharp cheddar cheese


1. Prepare whole wheat calzone dough by putting ingredients (in order listed) into a large bowl (or bread machine), using about 2 cups of the flour. Stir to combine; continue adding flour and knead mixture with hands to make a smooth, elastic dough. Knead 5 minutes. Let dough rest while you prepare the filling.

2. Begin preparing the filling by chopping the broccoli into florets. Place broccoli into a sauce pan with minimal water. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook 2-3 minutes, until broccoli is just starting to get tender and change color. Drain well.

3. In a large bowl, mix filling ingredients in order listed.

4. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Pat or roll each piece into a 7-inch circle on a lightly floured surface.

5. Top half of each circle with about 3/4 cup of the filling mixture, spreading to within one inch of the edge. Fold dough over filling and crimp edges to seal, leaving a half-circle.

6. Place calzones on greased cookie sheets or jelly roll pans. Sprinkle with salt if desired. Bake at 375 degrees until bread is cooked and filling is hot, about 25-30 minutes. Cover loosely with foil part way through baking if calzones start to brown too quickly.

Making the calzones...

Cheest Whole Wheat Vegetable Calzones
Preparation Time: 

55 minutes

Cooking Time: 

25-30 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

These calzones are so tasty! They do take a little bit of effort to make (using a kitchen aid or bread machine to knead the dough makes them quicker though!) but they're healthy and delicious. They're a little fancy, and fun to eat.

The whole wheat dough goes perfectly with the vegetable mixture. Even if you don't usually use (or like) 100% whole wheat, it's great with this recipe! My husband guessed that there was some whole wheat flour in the dough, but he was surprised when I said it was 100% whole wheat flour!

My rating :10/10


Please see the recipe above for my complete review!


I had a couple of problems with this recipe. First, I think maybe the circle might need to be 8 inches instead of 7. I only added 1/2 cup of mixture instead of 3/4 and I still had a hard time sealing the edges. They opened up during cooking and some filling spilled out. Also, the whole wheat crust was a little bitter. Maybe it was the flour I had, I don't know, but I think I might try to use this filling with my other calzone dough. Overall, I think it was a good recipe, just would adjust somethings for our tastes. Thanks Tammy!


I've made this twice and I doubled it this last time. My kids (ages 6,5,and 18 months) love these! It is so yummy. My husband is planning on bringing these to work for lunch. I followed directions exactly, except that I omitted the salt in the filling and put half the amount of salt in the dough. Thanks Tammy! I love your recipes!


I loved this meal! I made it into a calzone with ham, pepperoni, mushroom, cheese, onion, and pizza sauce. It was so yummy! I loved the dough for it, it was very good! My family wants these all the time! In fact I will be making them again tonight! :)


I enjoyed these calzones, though something about the flavor wasn't quite right for me. Not exactly sure, but maybe the Italian dressing? Anyway, I also had 4 out of 6 open up from the bottom for some reason, which doesn't make any sense to me.


I made these yesterday for guests and they were a bit hit, among toddlers and adults alike. I used frozen broccoli and frozen diced green pepper because that's what I had on hand. Just put them in boiling water for a couple of minutes. The whole wheat dough turned out great.


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