This keto calzone recipe should just be called ‘Best Ever Calzone’ because that’s just what it is — it’s so versatile and delicious with any filling, and it’s impossible not to love, no matter your eating plan or lifestyle!
When that craving for pizza hits, it can be ravenous. But don’t worry friends, there’s a low carb cure! This scrumptious keto calzone is one of the best low carb snack ideas of modern times, sure to fill you up and curb those cravings. This keto calzone is the perfect little gift of warm gooey goodness, all wrapped up in a tasty low carb foods package that you can eat on the go!
Making more than one ensures you have plenty of low carb snacks or keto snacks at the ready. Use my keto pizza sauce recipe for a little tang, and a lotta robust flavor (it’s the perfect compliment to all sorts of low carb recipes!)!
Okay, I am obviously a little excited about this one, so let’s dive in!
How to Make a Keto Calzone
Eating this keto calzone is just so satisfying — it’s sure to be one of your favorite low carb meals! It’s like enjoying a keto pizza sandwich that was made just for you. Serving multiples of this keto calzone as keto appetizers or low carb appetizers is always a crowd pleaser.
Just don’t overlook the possibilities for keto breakfasts or low carb breakfasts, either! Who says you have to be in college to have pizza for breakfast?
Anyway, there are a few important things to know about the ingredients before making your low carb shopping list for this recipe, here’s what’s up:
Almond flour tends to be heavier and less “fluffy” than traditional wheat flour.
Traditional recipes depend on gluten, the protein in wheat flour, to create structure — it acts as a glue that holds everything together, while adding fluff. Since baking with almond flour doesn’t have this glue-like capability, we’ll bring in another low carb food list ingredient to fill in the gap.
I use psyllium husk for a fluffy, decadent crust that doesn’t fall apart.
Almond flour makes a nutrient dense pizza crust that tastes divine. Incorporating psyllium husk into the dough for your keto calzone gives it a subtly sweet and wheat-y flavor, plus it is high in fiber.
1. Start with the low carb pizza dough
Divide your low carb pizza dough into two portions, and set them aside while following the rest of the keto calzone instructions…
2. Make the low carb pizza sauce
If you’re planning on following my low carb pizza sauce recipe, it’s a great idea to get this started in the beginning, as it takes a while to simmer and thicken before you can use it in your keto calzone.
I like to have this going in the background as I prep the keto calzone ingredients. Bonus: it’ll make your house smell AMAZING!
Cook the sausage in a pan, and drain it on a paper towel lined plate. Toss the onions into the pan, and cook on low until they’re translucent — you may need to add more oil to the pan, I was able to use the grease from the sausage to cook the onions.
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Roll out each portion of your pizza dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper until they’re about 7” wide. It should be a little thick to prevent tearing. Keep in mind, the dough will be sticky! It’s easiest to handle with damp hands.
Spread a spoonful of keto pizza sauce on half your dough. Add half the sausage and your other ingredients being careful not to overfill your dough. I know its hard but this time less is more!
Fold your keto calzone in half. Pro Tip: Grab the edge of the parchment paper and fold it over. Peel back the paper when your keto calzone is closed.
Crease the edges with damp hands. The moisture allows you to smooth out any tears quickly and easily. Nudge your ingredients towards the center and make your keto calzone look pretty!
Brush your keto calzone with olive oil before popping it in the oven. I like to use a spoon to trace between the crust and the decadent goodies inside.
Bake keto calzone in your preheated oven for 22-25 minutes, or until you see that the top is an irresistible golden-brown color.
Keto Pizza Filling Options
Choosing your keto pizza fillings is one of the best parts! Doing it ahead of time lets you incorporate all your favorites into your low carb meal prep. The possibilities are endless, so here are a few general choices:
- Low carb vegetables like spinach, olives, kale, bell peppers and onions
- Fresh herbs like basil, chives and cilantro
- Your choice of meats – pepperoni, sausage, proscuitto, paleo meatballs, you name it! (this is a great way to use leftovers)
- Sauces – low carb alfredo, paleo pesto, whatever you’d like.
- Cheeeses – since there are hardly any carbs in cheese, load up on whatever kind you’re craving!
- Low carb breakfast ideas – fill your keto calzone with scrambled eggs, bacon and onions!
Low Carb Pizza For Meal Prep
Prepping these little low carb pizza meals just makes life easier. They’re fantastic low carb dinner ideas, and they keep great in the fridge, for portable low carb lunches everyone else will envy!
Freezing is another option if you’re feeling some serious low carb pizza prep — Put them in freezer bags for tantalizing, guilt-free low carb lunch ideas that’re ready when you are! Just make sure you have plenty of parchment paper before you start prepping…
More Keto Pizza Recipes
In the infinite wisdom of the universe, there’s no end to the number of keto pizza recipes you can enjoy! Although this keto calzone is at the top of my list of faves, here are a few others that may better suit your cravings:
- Crustless Pizza
- Meatza Pizza
- Chicken Crust Pizza
- Cloud Bread Pizza
- Cauliflower Pizza
- No Crust Pizza Bites
- Zucchini Pizza
- Eggplant Pizza
- Portobello Mushroom Pizza
Another wildly popular alternative for those on a low carb meal plan is fathead pizza, which is a heavenly, gluten-free, low carb and keto friendly pizza dough that’s made with low carb flour, cheese and eggs. The result is a mouth-watering and 100 percent guilt-free fathead dough that can be adapted to almost any healthy lifestyle!
Keto Calzone Recipe
Enjoying all the warm, gooey goodness of a keto calzone is enough to make your heart flutter. I mean, who doesn’t love pizza? Whether you have it for lunch or dinner, you won’t mind stopping to savor every single incredible bite!
This keto calzone recipe is a fantastic make ahead meal for those crazy, hectic days and it’s a total crowd pleaser in a pinch! Let me know what fillings you tried in the comments below, and enjoy!
- Make the pizza dough per recipe, and divide the dough into 2 balls. Set aside while you make the filling.
- In a large nonstick, cook the sausage until brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you cook it.
- Place the sausage on a paper towel lined place and toss onions into the nonstick. Add oil if there isn't enough grease left in the pan.
- Saute until onions are soft and translucent, about 10-12 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 425 F.
- Roll 1 of the pizza dough balls between 2 sheets of parchment paper using a rolling pin, until the dough is about 7" wide. You want the dough to be kind of thick, or else it will tear.
- Remove the top sheet of parchment paper.
- On 1/2 of the dough, spread a spoonful of pizza sauce.
- Sprinkle with 1/2 the sausage, cooked onions, and shredded cheese. Don't over fill your dough! Less toppings is better and will prevent the dough from tearing.
- Grab the edge of the parchment and fold the calzone dough in half, the peel back the top.
- Damped your hands, and crease the edge. I like to push the ingredients in toward the center to get more crust along the edge. With damp hands, you can also smooth out any tears that may have happened and make your calzone look pretty. I also used a spoon to trace between the crust and the calzone.
- Brush you calzone with olive oil, and pop it in the over for 22-25 minutes, or until the top become golden brown.
- Serve with extra pizza sauce, and enjoy!