Kale and three cheese calzones stuffed with a hint of spice, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and sweet golden raisins.

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Kale and Three Cheese Calzones

When my kid pops out shaped like a ball of mozzarella…I feel like none of us are going to be surprised.

Am I right?

Kale and Three Cheese Calzones

I just can’t stop with ALL THE CHEESE! It’s really the best kind of craving, in my opinion.

And these calzones are packed with not one,

not two,

but THREE cheeses!

AND KALE.

All star status, right there.

Kale and Three Cheese Calzones

I wish I could take credit for coming up with this comfort on comfort on LOADS OF VITAMIN A recipe, but I can’t.

It was all Blue Apron.

Honestly, 99% of the time, Blue Apron is the only thing that gets me through the week. I’ve been obsessively using the service since going back to med school/becoming pregnant (at my own expense!) for a gazillion reasons, but mostly because (a) their recipes are always delicious, (b) I love that they deliver all the farm fresh ingredients I need right to my door in the perfect portions so that I don’t have to go to the store, and (c) I don’t have to do any of the grunt work of finding new recipes to make – they do all the hard work for me! They are always mixing it up and keeping it inventive, which is exactly my eating style.

 

Kale and Three Cheese Calzones

For those of you who haven’t heard my spiel of love about Blue Apron before, here’s the deal: it is basically a meal delivery service that delivers ingredients and recipes to your door each week. They have either a Family (4-person) or a 2-person plan that delivers either 2 or 3 meals, respectively. Though, personally, I find that often the meals for the 2-person plan actually serve 3 (leftovers, FTW!). Each meal is between 500-700 calories and can be prepared in 40 minutes or less, making them totally doable for a weeknight. Even though I can’t hand-select the ingredients myself, I know that they will be high quality because Blue Apron sources them from suppliers and artisans who practice sustainable farming and fishing.

The ingredients are delivered in a refrigerated box so that they stay fresh even if you’re not home to receive them and you can recycle all of the packaging either by recycling as you would normally in your neighborhood OR, if there are no recycling options in your area, by returning it for free to Blue Apron via USPS so that they can recycle it for you (learn more about that here!).

One of my favorite parts of each week is checking to see which recipes are going to be coming up for delivery. Some that I’m already pining for are this Creamy Lemon Linguine with Caramelized Onion, Chard, and Walnuts, the Vegetable Bibimbap and Kimchi, and the Heirloom Carrot and Toasted Farro Salad with Labneh and Pickled Dates.

Kale and Three Cheese Calzones

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Kale and Three Cheese Calzones
 
Kale and three cheese calzones stuffed with a hint of spice, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and sweet golden raisins.
Yield: 3 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb plain pizza dough
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ lb fresh mozzarella
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp aleppo pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp golden raisins
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup semolina flour
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 475F. If using refrigerated pizza dough, remove it from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Tear the mozzarella cheese into bite-sized pieces. Remove and discard the kale stems and roughly chop the leaves.
  2. In a medium pot, heat 2 tsp of olive oil on medium-high heat until hot. Add half the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the Italian seasoning and aleppo pepper and cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until toasted and fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, 2-4 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and warmed through. Remove from the heat and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. While the tomato sauce cooks, in a medium pain, heat 2 tsp of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the remaining garlic and cook, stirring frequently, 30-45 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the kale, raisins, and 2 tbsp water. Season with salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes, or until the kale has wilted and the water has evaporated. Try to cook out as much of the liquid as possible.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the kale, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan cheese, and ⅓ of the tomato sauce. Stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  5. Sprinkle half the flour on a clean, dry work surface. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions. Stretch each portion to a ¼-inch-thick round. Divide the filling between the centers of the rounds. Fold each round in half over the filling. Press or crimp the edges of the dough with a fork to seal the calzones.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining flour on a sheet pan. Carefully transfer the calzones to the prepared pan and drizzle or brush the tops with olive oil. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let stand for at least 2 minutes. Cut in half and serve with the remaining tomato sauce on the side for dunking.
Notes
Recipe from Blue Apron
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 calzone

 

Kale and Three Cheese Calzones

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34 Responses to Kale and Three Cheese Calzones

  1. Thanks to you I got to try the free trial this week and loved it! It was such a fun break from the typical boring meals I sort of kind of plan. No wonder you’ve been using it regularly!

  2. Julia says:

    Three cheeses alllll the way! The goo factor on these things is driving my taste buds berzerk! I’ve heard lots of great things about Blue Apron and I’m digging how easy it makes weeknight cooking. Bring on the tres cheese calzones!

  3. Kate says:

    I mean really the baby is going to look more like string cheese than a ball of mozzarella.

    I love calzones. We never make them enough.

  4. Wow, what fabulous looking calzones! Calzones are actually on our meal plan for this Saturday, ironically. This recipe may just have to make an appearance in our kitchen!

  5. I keep hearing about blue apron, and I am really intrigued! I will try it one of these days..

  6. Sues says:

    I just love that there are raisins in this! It sounds so flavorful and unique… Perfect after a long workday 🙂

  7. Oooooh look at that oozy cheese! I completely understand your craving/addiction!

  8. Katrina says:

    Look at all that cheeeeeese!! So flipping yummy.

  9. Marcia says:

    You really can’t go wrong with kale and cheese.

  10. Pam says:

    I craved cheese, seafood, pasta, and ice cream while I was pregnant. This calzone would make me happy – pregnant or not!

  11. Now you have me crave for calzones! That tomato sauce looks fantastic too, Joanne.

  12. Yes, yes, yes! The more cheeses the better- and kale! Love it 🙂

  13. Hey, you’re feeding that baby cheese AND kale, so you’re doing it right. I just want to eat all these calzones until it looks like I have an actual food baby, soooo…

  14. Ah, you finally gave me a use for all the kale i have! Calzones will def be on the menu this week. Hope baby liked them 😉

  15. P says:

    These look insanely DELICIOUS! It’s been forever since I had a great calzone!

  16. What a Delicious looking calzones ! 3 cheeses and kale ? It has to be good!! We can see why you use their service regularly… And your photos are gorgeous.

  17. Yaaaaaas! I LOVE the way that cheese is oozing out of these calzones, Joanne! Beautiful!

  18. Hotly Spiced says:

    That’s a great service. I’ve tried something similar here and love it. Very handy and you don’t have to spend all day wondering what you’re going to cook for dinner. I hope the pregnancy is progressing well. I’ve heard you’re in for a lot of snow! xx

  19. Lynn says:

    Love the gooey, ooziness of this. Yum.

    And I want to make that milk chocolate shortbread recipe in a lower post.

  20. These look amazing, anything w cheese!!!! I’ve been meaning to check out Blue Apron, good to know you like them.

  21. Velva says:

    Looks delicious! My family too, has been using a meal service. I find it saves us money and time.

    Hope all is well.

  22. i have heard/read alot about blue apron and it sounds amazing..i’d love give it a try sometimes esp when i have a crazy schedule.

  23. Mmmm, comfort food for these cold winter afternoons! I’m all for three (or more) cheeses! Hope you’re feeling well, Joanne. My daughter’s triplets turned 4 months this weekend and she is busier than ever! Are you going to determine whether you’re having a boy or girl or let it be a surprise?

  24. The only time I’ve made calzones was when I accidentally dropped the pizza onto the pizza stone and needed to act fast. Need to give it a real try though next time and this version looks fabulous!

  25. This sounds unbelievably swoon worthy m’lady, I really should give Blue Apron a try!

  26. Okay, this is awesome!! The perfect kind of comfort food sandwich I would basically live off. I’m going to be honest with you, I had a not so awesome experience with Blue Apron, but with two free meals and meals like this, it’s definitely worth another chance!!

  27. lovely lovely comfort food. perfect for this time of year!

  28. 3 cheeses are definitely always better than one!

  29. Kale and cheese? Check and check. Your baby is going to come out perfect: in love with cheese. I see no wrong here.

  30. Haha don’t most babies look like balls of mozzarella linked together?? All those soft rolls! But I digress before it sounds like I want to eat your child. I love all the cheeses in this. A few of my friends use Blue Apron but I have not tried it myself yet. It seems to be sweeping the nation though!

  31. Johanna GGG says:

    mmmm cheese – need calzone right now – that looks so delicious – your kid might pop out early just to eat one of these 🙂

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