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If you love pizza and other Italian recipes, but want to stick to a keto diet, you’re going to love this keto calzone recipe. It’s golden, chewy, cheesy, and so satisfying. I immediately made a double batch after testing these low carb calzones, just so I could freeze them for easy heat-and-eat lunches.
The best way to get chewy, golden brown keto calzones? Use the right flour! This dish swaps white flour with Wholesome Yum Almond Flour for satisfying crust without the high carbohydrates. Since it’s made with only premium California almonds and ground superfine, it’s the perfect choice for making keto pizza, calzones, or any other fathead dough recipes like keto bagels, cinnamon rolls, and even keto ravioli.
What Is A Calzone?
A calzone is a folded kind of pizza. You’ll usually find it folded into a half moon shape and stuffed with traditional pizza toppings like meat and cheeses.
Is a calzone keto?
Most store-bought or homemade calzone recipes are not keto, as the dough traditionally contains white flour. However, it’s easy to make a keto friendly version with fathead dough and keep net carbs low!
Stromboli vs. calzone: What’s the difference?
The difference between calzone and stromboli is straightforward. You can tell them apart in these three ways:
- Fold – Calzones are folded in half to seal them, while stromboli is rolled.
- Cheese – Calzones traditionally use ricotta cheese (or a mixture of ricotta and other cheeses). Stromboli usually uses mozzarella cheese, parmesan, or even cheddar.
- Tomato sauce – Calzones use marinara sauce for dipping instead of inside the hot pockets themselves. Stromboli rolls the sauce in with fillings.
Why You’ll Love This Keto Calzone Recipe
- Classic pizza flavor
- Chewy dough with meaty fillings
- Quick and easy to prepare
- 8.6 grams net carbs
- Naturally low carb and gluten-free
- Tastes like it came from a pizza place!
Low Carb Calzone Ingredients
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for a keto fathead calzone, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
For the crust:
- Wholesome Yum Almond Flour – Do not substitute coconut flour cup for cup in this recipe, as the dough will be far too dry. If you have a nut allergy, you could try replacing the 1 1/2 cups of almond flour with 1/3 to 1/2 cup coconut flour and add an extra egg, which would achieve the right dough consistency, but you’d end up with less dough and I have not experimented with the correct amount proportional to the filling when made with coconut flour.
- Eggs – Use whole, large eggs.
- Mozzarella Cheese – Get pre-shredded cheese to save time. Be sure to use a low moisture variety instead of fresh mozzarella.
- Cream Cheese – A full fat variety works best, but lower fat content will work as well.
For the fillings:
- Ricotta Cheese – Full fat is the best choice for a fully keto calzone, but any ricotta will work.
- Mozzarella Cheese – As long as it’s shredded, you can use any hard cheese you prefer.
- Garlic – Use whole, fresh cloves, or use the kind minced in a jar. Garlic powder will also work, but fresh will taste better.
- Frozen Chopped Spinach – Make sure it is thawed and drained well, or the calzone will be too wet.
- Italian Seasoning – Use store bought, or make homemade Italian seasoning.
- Ground Italian Sausage – If possible, find one without added sugar. You can also use turkey or chicken sausage, ham, or slices of pepperoni.
How To Make A Keto Calzone
This section shows how to make a calzone keto with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Make dough. In a food processor, process almond flour and eggs. In a separate bowl, add mozzarella and cream cheese and microwave. Stir, then microwave again until melted and smooth. Add cheese mixture to the food processor and pulse until a dough forms, scraping the sides as needed.
TIP: A food processor works best. You can also mix the dough by hand, but it may not mix as evenly.
- Make filling. Brown sausage in a skillet on medium heat. Once cooked, remove from heat and add to a bowl with ricotta, mozzarella, garlic, spinach, and seasoning. Stir until combined.
- Assemble. Divide the dough into 6 portions and use a rolling pin to roll dough into thin circles. Spoon filling onto the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold dough in half and crimp closed, then cut two holes in the top of each homemade calzone to allow steam to escape.
- Bake. Place low carb calzones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until golden.
TIP: Brush calzones with egg wash if you like. This will give them a more golden color, but is not required.
The best thing about calzones is that they’re so easy to customize! Try changing it up with these toppings.
- Sauces – These calzones would taste delicious with keto pesto, alfredo sauce, or even sugar free barbecue sauce.
- Cheese – Trade in cheddar cheese, provolone, or any keto cheese you prefer.
- Meats – Try shredded chicken, microwave bacon, keto meatballs, or classics like pepperoni or cooked ground beef.
- Veggies – Add sauteed mushrooms, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, or any of your favorite low carb vegetables!
- Store: Keep this easy calzone recipe covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Meal prep: Make fathead dough ahead of time and store in the fridge for a week until ready to use. (You can also freeze the dough!)
- Reheat: Warm calzones in a 350 degree F oven, until hot. You can also microwave them.
- Freeze: Store in a freezer-safe container or bag for 3-4 months.
What To Serve With Keto Calzones
These calzones are so satisfying on their own, but make a beautiful meal with these easy sides.
- Simple Salads – Marinated artichoke salad, chopped antipasto salad, or a simple cucumber tomato avocado salad would pair well with keto calzones.
- Easy Veggies – Serve calzones with zucchini fritters, air fryer eggplant, or baked cheesy asparagus.
- Hearty Soups – Calzones make the perfect pairing with Italian sausage kale soup, keto zuppa toscana, and chicken florentine soup.
- Italian Desserts – Serve keto tiramisu, a berry ricotta dessert, or homemade mascarpone with keto fruits alongside calzones.
More Keto Pizza Recipes
If you love pizza on keto, there are so many tasty ways to get your fix!
Tools You’ll Need
- Food Processor – If you love making keto dough, this is a must-have.
- Rolling Pin – This one is so easy to clean, even with sticky doughs.
- Nonstick Skillet – I use it almost every day!
Keto Calzone Recipe
This low carb keto calzone recipe is here to fulfill all your pizza cravings! Just like the one at your favorite pizza place, it has all the gooey cheese and chewy dough you love… but way fewer carbs.
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a food processor, puree the almond flour and the eggs, until smooth.
Combine the shredded mozzarella and cream cheese in a large bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Stir, then microwave again for another 45 seconds. Stir the melted cheese until smooth.
Add the cheese to the food processor, positioned directly over the blade, and process until a dough forms. Pulse or scrape the sides as necessary. Mix until well-combined.
Form the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until no longer sticky.
Meanwhile, add the Italian sausage to a large skillet, and cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, breaking apart with a spatula, until browned. Remove sausage from heat.
Add Italian sausage, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic, spinach, and Italian seasoning to a large bowl, stir until combined.
Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Sprinkle the work surface and rolling pin with almond flour and roll the dough into 8-inch (20.3 cm) circles.
Spoon 1/6 of the filling onto the half of the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) border. Fold dough in half, then roll and crimp, pinching it closed. Cut two holes into the top to allow steam to escape. Repeat with remaining dough circles.
Place the assembled calzones onto the lined baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown.
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Serving size: 1 calzone
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If I was going to freeze these, should I cook them first or assemble uncooked and then freeze?
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Hi Nicole, Both ways should work. It’s up to you.
Love this recipe. It was easy to make and worth the time to construct. I used my tortilla press I bought from amazon to press out the circles. I use the press to make Maya’s tortillas made with similar ingredients minus the cream cheese. I was able to make three of these for my family and freeze the ingredients and balls of dough for the calazone for another meal kit to have again.
Is there a way to make these when I have no food processor for making bread-type recipes. Can it be done by hand ?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi, You can also mix the dough by hand, but it may not mix as evenly.
I made this I did half the recipe and made one large one. Mine did not come out good it seem to be to bread like any suggestions how I did wrong?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Steve, What exactly do you mean bread like?
This was absolutely delicious! So happy that it was keto and a healthier version of a calzone.
This was really delicious! I will be making this again on the regular!
Can’t get enough of that gooey cheese! Totally making it again next week! The crust and filling were both delicious!
I am amazed how easy this is to make! And delicious!
Can you make the dough by hand if you don’t have a food processor?
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Yes, you can. You’d have to knead with your hands until the dough comes together.
This calzone looks amazing! I love using almond flour for baking, so filling.
Love making calzones! A nice change from pizza!
I’m new to the keto lifestyle and already seriously missing pizza/calzones. So thrilled to have come across this recipe. The dough actually sounds delicious and the filling is making my mouth water just thinking about it. Headed to the store shortly to pick up the ingredients.
I can’t wait to try this! I haven’t had a calzone in so many years!
This looks so delicious! I’m so excited to try them out!
Oh yes! I’m so excited about this one! I LOVE a good calzone but do NOT want the added carbs!!
Such an easy recipe to make and so very delicious too! We enjoyed it for our family movie night dinner!
While I’m not afraid of carbs, I appreciate a full-flavored recipe that’s a little better for me. Your keto calzone delivered!
This is super yum. Mouth melting delicious.
Thank you so much for the excellent tutorial!
Love all your suggestions!! It was delicious!! I’ll take a calzone over pizza anytime!
Yum!! Calzones are so good!! Love this filling! I will be making these again!
Lovely dinner idea. I’m making this for sure.
Wow this doesn’t even seem like a keto dish, so flavorful!! Great ingredients with easy to follow instructions as well, thanks!
Amy L Huntley0
Calzones are a favorite of mine! So happy that these are Keto too! I prefer these better than regular calzones!
Looks great. Can’t wait to try it.
Keto Calzone looks delicious Love to try this.
We loved this recipe! So easy and good.
I love how easy this was to make! I will definitely make it again soon!
Delightful change up from traditional pizza! Love the spinach in here. It’s one of my favorite pizza toppings! I might include some shredded zucchini next time – my all time favorite pizza topping! Love the crust. It’s delicious!
We loved this! SO happy to be able to eat calzone again!