Friday, August 12, 2011

Purple Pesto Calzone

My middle child is leaving for college this weekend, so I harvested all the purple basil I could to make one of his favorites...pesto calzone. 


3 cups packed basil (leaves only, no stems)
3-4 large cloves of garlic
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup pine nuts
1/3 cup olive oil

Puree‛ everything together in a food processor, until smooth.

Calzone Dough

2 cups lukewarm water
1 T. sugar
1 T. salt
1 T. instant yeast
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
5 - 6 cups unbleached flour 

Mix everything together in electric mixing bowl. Knead using dough hook, until smooth and elastic. (5 - 10 minutes)
Turn out into oiled bowl, cover loosely, and let rise until doubled. (1 - 2 hours) 

Mix 1 cup pesto with 2 cups ricotta cheese.

Gently deflate dough and divide into 6 -8 pieces. Roll each piece into a circle. Place a portion of filling on one side if the dough and fold the other side over. Seal the edges and prick with a fork or knive to create steam vents. Brush with olive oil.

Bake in a well preheated 425˚ oven for about 20 minutes until lightly browned. I use parchment paper on a pizza stone.


Peace and Love,



  1. Looks yummy! Good luck to your middle child.

  2. Lucky child! I love calzone, but have never tried making them. You may just inspire me to.

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