I’m always on the lookout for simple winner weekday dinner recipes. This easy homemade Stromboli recipe fits the bill for our family. It can be put together in about 15 minutes, and it bakes up hot and crispy in the oven.
Stromboli is pizza dough layered with a variety of toppings, rolled up and baked until it’s golden brown.
Why It’s Worth Making
- Quick and easy – it’ll take you about 15 minutes to assemble the Stromboli.
- Well-balanced flavors – you’ll love the combination of meats, sauce, crust and cheese!
- Family friendly – one of our favorite easy supper recipes.
- Versatile – I made this Stromboli with meats and cheeses, but you can add whatever you like.
Stromboli vs Calzone
How does a Stromboli differ from a Calzone? I’m glad you asked.
A Stromboli is generally easier to make, since it’s a single unit that feeds several people. Calzones, on the other hand, are usually made in single servings. Traditional calzones are made with ricotta and mozzarella cheese, with no sauce inside.
The great thing about making a Stromboli is that you can fill it with ingredients you have on hand, or family favorites.
Filling Ideas for Stromboli
- sliced steak
- crumbled cooked bacon
- Italian sausage
- caramelized onions
- roasted garlic
- roasted eggplant
- red and green peppers
- sliced olives
- fresh spinach
- sliced mushrooms
- artichoke hearts
- fresh basil
- chopped chives
- fresh mozzarella
- shredded Parmesan
You can make your own pizza dough or use prepared pizza dough. Begin by pressing the dough into a rectangle that is roughly 10 by 14 inches. If the dough is sticky, you can put down a light dusting of flour first.
Next, spread the dough lightly with your favorite marinara sauce. Go all the way to the top edge, and leave a 1-inch border on the bottom edge and sides.
Next, begin layering your ingredients. For this Stromboli, I used shredded mozzarella, shredded Parmesan, uncured ham, dry-cured salami, and pepperoni.
Sprinkle the sauce with the cheese first. For the perfect balance of flavors, a cup of shredded mozzarella and 2 tablespoons fresh shredded Parmesan cheese is just right.
Then layer on the meats:
Here’s a little trick that will make your Stromboli less greasy.
Spread the pepperoni slices on a double layer of paper towels and microwave for 30 to 40 seconds, until some of the grease renders but the slices are still soft and flexible. Blot with another paper towel on top.
Add the pepperoni and press lightly.
Now begin gently rolling the Stromboli. Start with the top edge, the same edge where you brushed the marinara sauce all the way to the edge.
Roll up and gently pinch the seams with your fingers to seal.
Transfer the Stromboli to a parchment-lined baking sheet and put it seam side down. Brush it generously with garlic butter.
Using a sharp knife, make 1-inch diagonal cuts along the top of the Stromboli to allow steam to escape. Sprinkle the top with shredded Parmesan cheese.
Bake it in a 400 degree F oven until the top is browned and the filling is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Your house will smell so good! Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes.
Cut the Stromboli in slices. You can serve it with additional marinara sauce for dunking if you like.
Depending on appetites, the Stromboli will feed 3 to 4 people.
Here’s the easy, printable recipe:
- 1 ball (about 11 ounces) pizza dough, homemade or store-bought, or 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
- 1/3 cup marinara sauce, plus extra for dipping if you like
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 12 slices dry salami
- 8 slices ham
- 12 slices jumbo pepperoni
- 1 tablespoon salted butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll the dough out in a large rectangle (about 10 by 14 inches). Spread with the pizza sauce, leaving a 1-inch border on the sides and bottom edge of the dough. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons of the shredded Parmesan.
- To make the pepperoni less greasy, place a double layer of paper towels on a microwave-proof plate. Arrange the pepperoni slices on the paper towels and cook on High for 30 seconds. Blot with another paper towel and reserve.
- Layer the ham, salami and pepperoni evenly on the dough. Starting at the top edge, gently roll up the dough like a jelly roll. Pinch the edges together and tuck under.
- In a small dish, combine the melted butter with the garlic powder. Brush the mixture on top of the dough. Make 1-inch diagonal cuts along the top of the Stromboli to allow steam to escape. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
- Bake until the top is golden brown, about 20 minutes.Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve accompanied with marinara sauce for dipping, if you wish. Makes 3 to 4 servings.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 469Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 2306mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 45g
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How About You?
Have you made homemade Stromboli? What ingredients do you like to use for the layers? If you have any easy dinner recipes you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you.