Cast-Iron Skillet Calzone


Cooking this ground beef recipe in a cast iron skillet transforms a calzone into a hearty kid-friendly casserole that satisfies six diners.

Cast-Iron Skillet Calzone
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 pound ground beef or uncooked ground turkey

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • 1 1 pound portion fresh pizza dough* or one 1-pound portion frozen pizza dough, thawed

  • ½ cup marinara sauce

  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or shredded Italian blend cheeses (8 ounces)

  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 1 cup chopped red, green, and/or yellow sweet peppers (2 small)

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • Marinara sauce, warmed

  • Snipped fresh parsley and/or crushed red pepper (optional)

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a 9 1/2- to 10-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet cook ground beef and onion over medium heat about 5 minutes or until the meat is browned and onion is tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat. Set meat mixture aside. Wipe skillet out with a paper towel; set aside to cool slightly.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, divide pizza dough in half. Roll one dough portion to a 12-inch circle (if dough is hard to roll, let stand for 5 minutes and then roll out). Press dough circle into the bottom and up the sides of the skillet. Spread the 1/2 cup marinara sauce evenly over the dough. Top with meat mixture, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, sweet peppers, oregano, and the 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Roll the remaining dough portion into an 11-inch circle. Place dough circle over filling. Pinch edges of bottom crust and top crust together to seal. Using the tip of a sharp knife, cut slits in the top crust.

  3. Bake about 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Cut into wedges to serve. Serve with additional warmed marinara sauce. If desired, garnish with parsley and/or additional crushed red pepper. If desired, serve with Parmesan cheese.


Look at an Italian market or a specialty food store for fresh pizza dough.

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Use frozen peppers for the fresh and sub in your favorite pizza topping for the mushrooms.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

498 Calories
22g Fat
42g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 498
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 782mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 33.4mg 167%
Calcium 305mg 23%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 510mg 11%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 29.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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