Italian Beef and Cheese Calzone

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Italian Beef and Cheese Calzone

Italian Beef and Cheese Calzone
Number of Servings: 4 Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 1 hour Source: California Beef Council and The Beef Checkoff
Food Groups: Vegetables, Grains, Protein
Main Ingredient: Beef
Meal Type: Lunch Entrée, Dinner Entrée
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Calcium
Origin: Italian
Special Features: Simple (6 or less ingredients) , Kids Love It, Kids Can Help Make It

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1 pound ground Beef
1/2 cup chopped green bell Pepper
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced Tomatoes with onions, drained
1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano leaves, crushed
1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1 tablespoon Cornmeal
1 package (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust Dough


1. Heat oven to 400°F. Brown ground beef with bell pepper in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is not pink, breaking beef up into 3/4-inch crumbles. Pour off drippings. Stir in tomatoes and oregano; continue cooking 5 to 7 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Set aside.

2. Sprinkle cornmeal evenly over rimmed baking sheet. Unroll pizza dough lengthwise on baking sheet, straightening edges of dough if necessary. Spoon beef filling over long half of dough, leaving 1-inch border on 3 sides. Gently lift and pull top half of dough over filling to enclose; pinch dough edges to seal.

3. Bake in 400°F oven 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Cut crosswise into 8 slices.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 496
Total Fat: 17 g
Saturated Fat: 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat:
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 758 mg
Carbohydrates: 50 g
Protein: 39 g
Fiber: 2 g
Vitamin A:
Vitamin C:
Calcium: 162 mg

Cook's Notes:

For easy cleanup, line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle with cornmeal and proceed as directed above. Nutrition information calculated based on 95% lean ground beef.