Mouthwatering with ANY filling, this keto calzone recipe is impossible not to LOVEEE!
With this low carb pizza recipe as your base, you’ll never run out of healthy recipes idea again! Cheesy and warm, calzones are exactly what you need to curb your pizza craving! PLUS, you can easily swap the filling for different low carb dinners every time…
Low carb pizza might sound like an oxymoron to some, but not with this recipe friends! With my low carb recipes for dough and pizza sauce, it’s EVERY bit as tasty as the traditional kind!
So let’s get cooking!
Keto calzone recipe takes the traditional Italian folded pizza and revamps it to suit your low carb lifestyle!
Besides tasting heavenly, I love this recipe because:
- It only takes 40 minutes
- It’s high in fat and protein
- It’ll satisfy your pizza cravings
- The filling is super customizable
- It’s hearty and downright delicious!
Don’t fret if you’ve never made calzones before! It’s simple enough that you can be a pro in no time!
There’s only 5 things needed for this keto calzone recipe.
Low Carb Pizza Dough – I like to use my own low carb pizza crust. It’s made from almond flour, which makes for a nutrient-dense crust that tastes stunning. And because the almond flour pizza crust is gluten-free, I add psyllium husks to hold the dough together and make it fluffy.
To avoid any unnecessary carbs, instead of flouring the surfaces, I like to roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Make sure the dough isn’t rolled too thin to avoid tearing.
The dough will be sticky! It’ll be easier to handle with slightly damp hands. And you can use the moisture to smooth out any tears when you fold it.
Low Carb Pizza Sauce – You can use store-bought or follow a homemade recipe. I again prefer homemade because it means I get to control exactly what’s in my sauce.
If you’re following my recipe, it’s a good idea to get it started first thing because it takes a while to simmer and thicken to the proper consistency. I like to let it keep cooking while I prepare the other ingredients. (The herbs make the entire kitchen smell remarkable!)
Italian Sausage – Italian sausage is a classic move, but you’re more than welcome to try other meats! Pepperoni, sausage, prosciutto, meatballs—whatever you want!
Mozzarella Cheese – Mozzarella is my go-to choice for calzones, but there’s nothing stopping you from choosing other kinds! Pick any low carb cheese of your desire, or mix them half and half!
Red Onion – After you cook the sausage, use the same pan to saute the red onions. It’ll give them an extra boost of flavor. If there’s not enough grease leftover, just add more oil to the pan.
Tools To Make
Here’s what you’ll need to make this AMAZING keto calzone recipe:
- Large nonstick
- Paper towel-lined plate
- Parchment paper
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet
Keep calzones in airtight containers in the fridge.
Reheat it in the oven/toaster oven to re-crisp the crust for a quick but DELISH healthy dinner ideas or lunch. A microwave will work as well, but won’t crisp the crust.
Can You Freeze This?
Freeze keto calzones by letting them cool, then sticking them in freezer safe containers. Label it with the date and recipe before freezing.
Meal Prepping Tips
An easy way to meal prep this keto calzone recipe is to double it, then freeze as instructed above. You’ll be set with sensational low carb dinners all week!
You can also meal prep low carb breakfasts by stuffing the pizzas with eggs, bacon, and cheese.
I love that you can customize keto calzones to suit whatever cravings you have! Here are some fun ways to go about it:
What Are Some Veggie Fillings??
All the best pizza toppings!!! To name a few:
- Mushrooms (or, check out my portobello mushroom pizza!)
- Thinly sliced zucchini (ala zucchini pizza)
- Diced bell peppers
- Chopped eggplant (eggplant pizza is always a winner!)
Can I Use Different Kinds Of Dough?
I personally love all the different doughs available for low carb pizzas. It’s so much more creative than traditional wheat-based dough!
My pizza dough of choice for this is recipe is made from almond flour and psyllium husk (link in recipe card below). I’ve found it to be the BEST dough for shaping calzones, but you’re welcome to experiment with other crusts!
Fathead pizza is another low carb dough made from cheese and cream cheese!
If you have a nut allergy, check out this coconut flour pizza crust. I haven’t tried making calzones with it, but I think it’d work well!
Then there are veggie-based pizza crusts like cauliflower pizza crust. Although it’s unbelievably delicious, it’d be the SUPER difficult to fold, so I’d recommend keeping these crusts for regular-shaped pizzas.
How Can I Add More Protein?
You can EASILY add more protein to your keto calzone by cooking it up and adding it to the filling!
What Kind Of Dip Can I Pair This With?
Serving the keto calzone recipe with extra pizza sauce is a no brainer. But that’s not the only delish option…
If you love dipping your pizza, you can try these fun pairings:
- Ranch Dressing (a classic!)
- Veggie dip
Keto CalzonePrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 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 plate 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 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 overfill your dough! Fewer toppings are better and will prevent the dough from tearing.
- Grab the edge of the parchment and fold the calzone dough in half, then peel back the top layer of parchment.
- Damped your hands, and crease the edges of the dough. 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 formed. I also used a spoon to trace the edge between the crust and the calzone.
- Brush your calzone with olive oil, and pop it in the oven for 22-25 minutes, or until the top becomes golden brown.
- Serve with extra pizza sauce, and enjoy!
Healthy pizza is the ultimate comfort food. For more finger licking recipes like this one, check out these:
- Low Carb Pizza Casserole. A great crowd pleaser!
- Crustless Pizza. Only 2 ingredients.
- Spaghetti Squash Pizza. Perfect for the fall squash season.
- Cauliflower Pizza Bites. Sneak some veggies into your snack!
- Cloud Bread Pizza. Fluffy, and SUUUPER delicious. If you like cheese, this one is for you!
This keto calzone recipe is a family FAVORITE! You’ll get the joy of indulging in a guilty pleasure without any of the empty carbs!
Let me know what you think in the comments below! Did you make your own dough and sauce? What kind of fillings did you use?