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Chicken Sausage Calzone

November/December 2013

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A typical calzone packs almost 800 calories and 25 grams of saturated fat. In this healthier calzone recipe, we use lean chicken sausage to keep fat in check and add nutrient-rich spinach to bulk up the filling without adding calories. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.


Chicken Sausage Calzone

Makes: 5 servings

Serving Size: 1 calzone

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Total Time:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 ounces Italian chicken sausage, sweet or hot, casings removed
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough, preferably whole-wheat

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking it into small pieces, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 1 minute. Transfer the sausage and spinach to a large bowl; stir in mozzarella, ricotta, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 6-inch log and divide into 5 equal pieces. Pat and roll each piece into a 6-inch circle. Place 1/2 cup filling on one half of each circle, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold the dough over the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. Cut several small slits in the top to vent steam; brush the calzones with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Transfer the calzones to the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake the calzones in the lower third of the oven until browned on top, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition

Per serving: 415 calories; 20 g fat (6 g sat, 7 g mono); 48 mg cholesterol; 39 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 23 g protein; 2 g fiber; 667 mg sodium; 247 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (45% daily value), Calcium (29% dv), Zinc (16% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 1/2 medium fat meat, 1 fat


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Recipe Categories

Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Meal/Course
Dinner

Style/Theme
Kid-friendly
Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Main Ingredient
Chicken
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