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Recipe for vegan Mini Calzones filled with spinach, mushrooms, tomato sauce & homemade vegan cheese. They are perfect little finger foods for parties!

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Calzone Party!! Oh man… have I ever mentionedhow much I love those little pockets filled with steaminghot deliciousness? My boyfriend loves those as well and he demands them on a regular basis and that’s absolutely okay with me because they are one of the most awesome things one can make in the kitchen.

They are also great for parties because people can eat them without a knife and fork and you can dip them in tomato sauce.If you want more party ideas, make sure you check out my collection of .

How to make vegan Mini Calzones from scratch

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This is how the dough should look like. I’ve let my bread machine knead the dough, but you can use a kitchen machine as well or knead it by hand, afterward let the dough rise until it doubles in size.

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Cut the doughin 8 equal pieces. Of course, you can make 2 bigger calzones instead or smaller ones.

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Make cute little balls so they are easier to roll out into an evenly round shape.

Roll the pieces in mini pizza bases! Use a floured surface.

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Top the pizza bases on one half with tomato sauce, the filling and the nooch cheese sauce and fold it. Press the edges down. Fold them again and press them down again to make a pretty crust!

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Brush them with oil. I’ve used a herb oil, but you can use olive oil, garlic oil or anything you prefer and have at home.

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I’ve doubled the measurements for the tomato sauce to have something to dip the vegan Mini Calzones in afterwards. Totally worth it!

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Mini Calzone dipped in a smoky tomato sauce – Yumm! But be careful, the calzones are super hot!

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Mini Calzones

Elephantastic Vegan

Recipe for vegan Mini Calzones filled with spinach, mushrooms, tomato sauce & homemade vegan cheese. They are perfect for parties!

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Prep Time 45 minutes mins

Cook Time 50 minutes mins

Resting Time 2 hours hrs

Total Time 1 hour hr 35 minutes mins

Course Main Course, Snack

Cuisine Italian, Vegan

Servings 8 mini calzones

Calories 203 kcal


Ingredients for the dough

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water

Ingredients for the filling

  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach
  • Homemade Nooch Cheese (or sub with your favorite vegan cheese shreds)
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato purée* (if you don’t want tomato sauce to dip the Calzones in afterwards, half the amount of tomato purée!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • a few twigs fresh oregano
  • olive oil for brushing the top


  • For the dough put all ingredients in a kitchen machine or mix by hand and let it rise until it doubles in size, but keep it covered under a clean kitchen towel otherwise the dough will dry out.

  • Prepare the Nooch Cheese Sauce.

  • Preheat the oven as hot at 480°F/250°C.

  • Cut the dough in 8 equal pieces and roll them out on a floured surface.

  • Clean the mushrooms and spinach, cut the mushrooms in thin slices and put the mushrooms in a hot pan (You want the mushrooms to lose most of their water now, they shouldn’t water up the calzone later). Add the spinach to let it cook down.

  • For the tomato sauce mix the tomato purée with the salt, ground pepper, fresh oregano, onion powder and liquid smoke. (Adjust the sauce to your taste)

  • Spread the tomato sauce over half of the calzone pizzas, add the mushroom-spinach mixture and add the vegan cheese sauce.

  • Fold the calzone and press it down on the edges. Fold the edges again and a third time to make it pretty! Repeat until all calzones are fold.

  • Brush the calzones with a bit of olive oil and bake them in the oven for about 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!


Be careful not to burn yourself, they’re super hot!
*I used store-bought tomato purée (with salt, no additional herbs) for this recipe – it’s often canned or in cartons, not to confuse with tomato paste which is thicker in consistency.


Serving: 1mini calzoneCalories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 6gFat: 1gSodium: 169mgPotassium: 391mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 955IUVitamin C: 7.8mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 3.4mg

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How do you fold a mini calzone? ›

Fold the side of the calzone with nothing on it over the side with all the ingredients so that the sides touch creating a half moon shape. press down on the edges and push in any veggies that try to escape. Next start from one end and roll up the edges creating the seal. See video for extra help.

What is veg calzone made of? ›

These vegetarian calzones are filled with fresh veggies like kale, onions, mushrooms and bell peppers plus ooey gooey cheese. Don't forget the tasty pizza sauce for dipping!

How do you keep calzones from getting soggy? ›

Keep moisture to a minimum to prevent soggy crust. If possible, try to get as much moisture out of any fillings you can. Like for eggplant, you can salt it and put it in the oven first to get a good bit of water out. For cheese, go easy on the fresh mozzarella.

How do you seal the edges of a calzone? ›

Decoratively Sealing Empanadas, Calzones, and Pies
  1. Moisten the edges of the dough with water, then lightly press them together to seal. ...
  2. Starting at one end, pinch and slightly twist the dough diagonally across the seam between your thumb and index finger.
  3. Continue pinching and twisting the dough around the seam.

Is there sauce in a calzone? ›

Calzones' fillings do not include sauce; marinara is served on the side for dipping. Stromboli portions can also be dipped, but they can also be baked with the sauce inside.

Is there a difference between pizza dough and calzone dough? ›

Both are prepared with flour, water, salt, and yeast; that's the solution. In contrast, the eggs and olive oil used in most calzone dough give it a deeper flavor and a softer texture. Eggs and oil are not common ingredients in pizza dough, contributing to its crispiness and durability.

Is calzone more unhealthy than pizza? ›

Did you know that a standard calzone has over 1000 calories? On the other hand, a slice of pizza is around 300 calories. So just because they're technically the same in terms of ingredients and taste, they're not! A calzone can equal 3 slices of pizza so choose wisely!

Is a calzone just a folded over pizza? ›

A calzone is an Italian dish that features a circular piece of pizza or yeasted bread dough that's folded in half over a filling that includes ricotta, and often mozzarella and Parmesan, too, cured meats, vegetables and herbs, then sealed shut using a crimping technique.

What is a calzone pocket? ›

A Calzone can be simply described as an Italian style folded stuffed bread that is made with a leavened pizza dough. For this reason, it is also often referred to as a 'turnover' or more popularly as Pizza Pockets or Calzone Pocket. The fillings can be made with veggies, cheese, herbs, spices, meats, egg, etc.

Is a calzone just a rolled up pizza? ›

A calzone is essentially a regular pizza that's been folded in half. The inside contains the typical pizza toppings (like cheese and meat), but the circular dough is folded in half and crimped shut before it is baked, creating a closed, half-circle doughy pizza snack.

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