Sausage & Vegetable Calzones | Cooking Light

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Turn a childhood favorite, into a healthy weeknight meal with these easy, freezer-friendly calzones. Once you’ve done the prep work, it’s as easy as unwrapping, baking, and eating. You’ll love having these delicious bites on hand.

1 1/2 pounds refrigerated fresh pizza dough
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 cups chopped seeded tomato
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
8 ounces mild turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups diced red bell pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
4 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
Cooking spray

1. Let the dough stand, covered, at room tem­per­ature 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 450°.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in tomato paste and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add tomato and sugar; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in basil and oregano. Keep warm.
4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage, and cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Place sausage in a bowl. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan. Add onion, bell pepper, black pepper, and salt to pan; cook 5 minutes. Add pepper mixture to sausage.
5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and sprinkle with cornmeal. Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 6-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Top each round with about 2 tablespoons sauce, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top rounds evenly with sausage mixture and cheese; fold dough over filling, and crimp edges with a fork to seal. Arrange calzones on prepared baking sheets; coat with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Bake an additional 10 minutes, or follow freezing instructions. Top each calzone with about 2 tablespoons sauce.

FREEZE: Wrap cooled, partially baked calzones individually in foil, and seal in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Freeze up to 2 months.
REHEAT: Bake calzones, unwrapped, at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with warm lower-sodium marinara sauce.

Yield: Serves 8
CAL 407; FAT 12.6g; PROTEIN 18g; CARB 53g; CAL 125mg

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