Easy Stromboli

This is the first stromboli I have ever made and I think I nailed it! I wanted something italian but didn’t want to fuss over making pizza and thought a stromboli would be a fun kitchen activity and a great new recipe to try. It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. A stromboli is similar to a calzone, but the sauce is served on the side and it is a different shape. Think of a stromboli as a pizza sandwich filled with delicious cheese and fillings. You can totally customize the fillings to your liking and get creative with it. We love this recipe so much we actually made it a few days in a row because of how simple and tasty it was. Ditch the takeout pizza and whip up these stromboli instead!

For the Sauce:

  • 1 14.5 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1.5 Tbsp Basil
  • 1.5 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano
  • 2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper

For the Stromboli:

  • 8 oz Pizza Dough
  • 3-4 Cups Shredded Mozzarella
  • 1.5 Cup Pepperonis
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 1/2 Onion, Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Black Olives
  • 1 Tbsp Basil
  • 4 Tbsp Butter, Melted
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley, Minced
  • 1/4 Cup Freshly Grated Pecorino
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Flour for Rolling the Dough
  • Serves: 2
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 Minutes

To Make:

  1. This step is not required, although I think allowing the sauce to simmer for a few hours makes it even more delicious. If you have the time, cook the sauce for 2-3 hours – the longer it sits, the more the flavors combine. But if you only have 30 minutes that is fine too! In a large pot over medium heat, add in the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, basil, onion powder, pregano, pepper flakes and salt and pepper and stir to combine. Allow the sauce to start bubbling and then reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. On a well floured surface, sprinkle the pizza dough with flour as well to prevent sticking. Roll out the dough in to a thin, long sheet (roughly 9 inches long and 5 inches wide – give or take).
  4. Transfer the dough to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  5. In the center of the dough, add a generous layer of mozzarella cheese. On top of the cheese, sprinkle the 1 tbsp basil and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Next, add the pepperonis, mushrooms, black olives, and onions, and top with the remaining mozzarella.
  6. Carefully fold one side of the dough over the toppings and roll it over so the seam is on the bottom.
  7. Tuck the ends under as well so the ends stay sealed while cooking.
  8. Carefully slice a few slits in the top of the stromboli.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. While the stromboli bakes, in a small bowl add the melted butter, minced garlic, parsley and pecorino and stir to combine.
  11. When the stromboli has cooked for 20 minutes, remove from the oven. Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  12. Brush the melted butter mixture on top of the stromboli evenly and place back in the oven for 10 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing.
  14. Slice and serve with the sauce for dipping!

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