To make a calzone in 45 minutes, only a few ingredients and an oven are needed. The ingredients include 1 cup of marinara sauce, 1/4 cup of basil, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, one can of refrigerated pizza crust and any other toppings the chef wishes to add.
The first step is to roll out the dough into a rectangle roughly 7 by 5 inches. The cheese and toppings are added to one side of the rectangle, along with any extra toppings. If Italian sausage or beef is being used as a topping, the meat needs to be properly cooked before adding it to the dough. After the toppings have been added, the dough is then folded over and sealed. The dough can be sealed with a fork or by hand, and butter or olive oil helps seal the dough.
The baking temperature is 425 degrees Fahrenheit, and the baking time is between 15 and 17 minutes. Coating the pan with oil keeps the calzone from getting stuck to the pan, and oiling the calzone also gives it extra flavor. To keep the calzone from getting too dark on top before it has finished baking, place a sheet of tin foil over the top of the calzone. After the calzone has finished baking and the marinara sauce has been heated, it's ready to be eaten.