Pepper, Pesto & Spinach Stromboli


Stromboli can often be heavy with meat and cheese, but this version is packed with veggies. Nutty fontina is more flavorful than classic mozzarella, so a little goes long way. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.

Pepper, Pesto & Spinach Stromboli
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 teaspoon, divided

  • 2 large bell peppers, chopped

  • ½ large onion, sliced

  • 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough, at room temperature

  • All-purpose flour for rolling

  • ¼ cup pesto

  • 3 cups chopped baby spinach

  • cup chopped pickled banana peppers

  • 1 ½ cups shredded fontina cheese

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Position a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 425°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle approximately 14 by 10 inches. Spread pesto over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with the bell pepper mixture, spinach, banana peppers and cheese. Starting at a long side, tightly roll the dough into a cylinder. Pinch and tuck both ends closed to contain the filling. Using two spatulas, carefully transfer the stromboli seam-side down to the prepared baking sheet. Brush with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  4. Bake until the crust is beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then slice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

443 Calories
24g Fat
44g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size 1/5 stromboli
Calories 443
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 17g 34%
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Vitamin A 4770IU 95%
Sodium 732mg 32%
Potassium 209mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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