The Difference Between Stromboli and Calzone [Recipes & Nutrition]

00;”>If you like pizza on the go, a calzone is the perfect portable pie since it is folded over with all the toppings on the inside and a side of pizza sauce to dip it in.

00;”>Calzone and stromboli are essentially different formats of pizza that serve different purposes.

Calzone and Stromboli are quite similar. They are made with pizza dough and traditional pizza toppings. Calzones are half-circle-shaped sealed hand pies. They are typically filled with ricotta and other cheeses and an assortment of veggies and meat. You dip them in pizza sauce served alongside. Calzones are made as a single serving.  Stromboli is a rolled-up pizza share with sauce baked in, mozzarella cheese, and toppings like you would find in an Italian deli. After rolling and baking the stromboli, you slice them and serve individual spirals. 

00;”>Then organize a fun gathering and invite your friends to make their own calzones.

Overview & Nutritional Information for Ingredients

00;”>That estimate does not include other pizza-type foods like calzone and stromboli even though each of these foods is made with essentially the same ingredients.

Pizza Dough Recipe and Nutrition

00;”>Try this basic recipe for pizza dough. Then once you have the hang of it, try adding other seasonings to the dough like garlic powder, oregano, and basil.

Ingredients

  • 00;”>1 teaspoon sugar
  • 00;”>2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 00;”>2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

Instructions

  1. 00;”>Combine the flour, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and mix with a bread hook to combine. 
  2. 00;”>Mix in the salt.
  3. 00;”>Add in the water and 2 tablespoons of oil and continue mixing until the dough forms a ball. 
  4. 00;”>You can add additional flour if the dough is too sticky or additional water by the teaspoon is the dough is too dry.
  5. 00;”>Turn out the dough onto a floured board and knead until it forms a smooth ball.
  6. 00;”>Grease a large bowl with the 2 teaspoons of olive oil and place your dough in the bowl. 
  7. 00;”>Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 hour).
  8. 00;”>Turn out the dough onto a floured board and separate into 2 equal pieces.
  9. 00;”>Cover with plastic wrap or a clean towel and rest for 10 minutes.

The Busy Mom Dough

00;”>Just spread it out, lay a plate on it, and cut out circles for calzones. For stromboli, just make it a big rectangle like a pizza then roll it like a burrito.

Pizza Dough Nutrition (One Serving, 3 ounces)

This information is approximate. The exact nutritional information will vary based on the recipe you use, the size of your calzone or slice of stromboli, or the brand of storebought sought. 

  •  218 Calories
  • 3.9 g fat
  • 306 mg sodium
  • 60 mg potassium
  • 39 g carbohydrates
  • 5.4 g protein
  • 12.6 % DV iron
  • .7 % DV Calcium

Sauce Recipe and Nutrition

00;”>You can purchase a pre-made pizza sauce or make a homemade version. 

Pizza Sauce Nutrition (1/3 cup)

This information is approximate. The exact values will vary based on brands, volume, or ingredients that you include in homemade sauces.

  • 34 calories
  • .7 grams
  • 219 mg sodium
  • 223 mg potassium
  • 5.5 g carbohydrates
  • 1.4 g  protein
  • 8.4 vitamin A
  • 12% DV vitamin C
  • 2.6% DV calcium
  • 3.1% DV iron

Ingredients

  • 00;”>2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 00;”>Minced garlic 1 clove
  • 00;”>1 can (28 ounces) of crushed tomatoes (Roasted Tomatoes are wonderful if you can find them)
  • 00;”>1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 00;”>½ tablespoon of sugar
  • 00;”>¾ teaspoon salt
  • 00;”>1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 00;”>1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 00;”>Crushed red pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 00;”>In a large saucepan, combine olive oil and garlic and cook until the garlic is soft. 1-2 minutes.
  2. 00;”>Add all of the other ingredients and give it a stir to combine.
  3. 00;”>Cover and simmer for 15-30 minutes. 

Ricotta Cheese in Calzone

Ricotta Cheese Nutritional Information (3 tablespoons)

  • 64 Calories
  • 3.7 g fat
  • 14 mg cholesterol
  • 46 mg sodium
  • 58 mg potassium
  • 2.4 g carbohydrates
  • 5.3 g protein
  • 3.6% DV vitamin A
  • 9.7% DV calcium
  • 1.1 % DV iron

Mozzarella Cheese in Stromboli

Stromboli

Mozzarella Cheese Nutritional Information (2 ounces)

  • 170 calories
  • 12.6 g fat
  • 44 mg cholesterol
  • 356 mg sodium
  • 44 mg potassium
  • 1.2 g carbohydrates
  • 12.6 potassium
  • 7.6% DV vitamin A
  • 22% DV calcium
  • 1.4% DV iron

Meat and Vegetable Fillings

00;”>Cook the ground beef or Italian sausage before adding it to the dough. It is also a good idea to heat the pepperoni in a skillet or on paper towels in the microwave to drain some of the grease off before adding it to your dish.

Here is the nutritional information for 3 popular meat toppings.

00;”>Ground beef 00;”>Salami
00;”>15400;”>148
00;”>9.8 g00;”>13 g
00;”>52 mg00;”>646 mg
00;”>215 mg00;”>107 mg
00;”>0 g00;”>1.1 g
00;”>0 g00;”>0
00;”>15 g00;”>7.1
00;”>0%00;”>0%
00;”>.1% DV00;”>0%
00;”>8.8% DV00;”>6.9%
00;”>1.2% DV00;”>.3%

00;”>Wilt some spinach in the skillet so that it is already cooked a bit before you add it to the dough.

00;”>Mushroom00;”>Onion
00;”>5.100;”>12.5
00;”>.1 g00;”>.05 g
00;”>1.2 mg00;”>.8 mg
00;”>73 mg00;”>47 mg
00;”>.8 g00;”>2.9 mg
00;”>.2 g00;”>.4 g
00;”>.7g00;”>.4 g
00;”>.8% DV00;”>2.5% DV
00;”>0%00;”>0%
00;”>.6% DV00;”>.4% DV
00;”>.1% DV00;”>.5% DV

Calzone vs. Stromboli vs. Pizza

Pizza is the basic American food in this grouping. It is a flat piece of dough, round or rectangular that is coated with sauce, cheese, meat, and/or vegetables and baked like a pie.

The dough may be thin and crisp, soft and foldable, or deep dish. However you like the crust, an open-top dough is a pizza.

Calzone and stromboli are made with similar ingredients, potentially exactly the same ingredients, but are shaped differently.

It’s kind of like a  nachos vs. tacos vs. burritos debate. It is all about presentation.

00;”>What exactly is a Calzone anyway? A calzone is a pizza topping-filled hand pie. You start with a circle of dough, place fillings on one half, fold it over, seal, and bake it. 

Calzone

00;”>One calzone is intended to be a single serving for one person. The dough for a calzone is usually a little thicker and chewier to help keep all the delicious fillings in place.

00;”>They may have any kind of meat or vegetable fillings, but they typically do not have sauce inside them. Instead, the sauce is served on the side for dipping the calzone in.

Calzone vs. Panzerotti

00;”>If so you may question what the difference is between a panzerotti and a calzone because they look the same.

00;”>Although stromboli has many of the same ingredients as a calzone, they are distinctly different in a few areas.

00;”>There are two rumors floating around about where the name stromboli comes from. Some say that this pizza-sandwich-roll is named after the 1950 movie, Stromboli, or the off-screen love affair between the lead actors.

00;”>A stromboli uses a whole pizza crust to make, so it serves 4-6 people depending on how hungry they are.

00;”>Stromboli are made with mozzarella and perhaps parmesan rather than ricotta.

Stromboli vs Pizza Roll

A pizza roll that you get from the frozen food section of the grocery store and a rolled stromboli are two completely different things.

Pizza Roles

A stromboli essentially starts as a large rectangular pizza that is rolled on the long side like a burrito or a jelly roll.

A pizza roll from the frozen food section is a little 1 inch pocket of dough with tiny chopped pieces of fillings and sauce that you can heat up in your oven or microwave for a quick snack. 

 

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00;”>If you are looking for a way to change up your pizza night, try making calzone or stromboli.

00;”>Calzone also is convenient for lunch at school or work the next day since it is designed to be portable.

00;”>Stromboli are essentially spiral rolled pizzas that are made to be sliced and shared with others.

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