Vegetarian Calzone with Shitake & Pesto

vegetarian calzone

This fabulous vegetarian calzone recipe has the ambiance and taste of Naples Italy revisited in your very own home.

As the aroma of calzone slowly wavers through the air you can almost touch the century old cobblestone ristorantes of culinary mastery. 

This delectable main course is rich in body, flavor and quality.


Serve this incredible dish with a fresh salad and homemade garlic bread.

 Healthy recipe for pesto: Traditional Pesto


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Vegetarian Calzones with Portobello Pesto
Serves 3
Rich in Body, Flavor & Italian Quality
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. *¼ - ½ cup Pesto (recipe below)
  2. *2 TBLS olive oil
  3. *½ cup onion, chopped
  4. *4 cloves garlic, minced
  5. *1 small zucchini, sliced
  6. *4 button mushrooms
  7. *4-5 Shitake mushrooms
  8. *2 TBLS fresh oregano or thyme
  9. *¼ cup pine nuts, light roasted
  10. *¾ cup ricotta cheese
  11. *¾ cup mozzarella cheese
  12. *Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Optional Garnishes
  1. * Red sauce
  2. *Dried red hot pepper flakes
  3. *¼ cup fresh Romano or parmesan cheese, grated
  1. Preheat oven to 350’
  2. Roll dough onto flowered surface to desired size, approximately 8’ in diameter.
  3. Sauté garlic, onion, zucchini, mushrooms and oregano in oil until vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper if desired.
  4. Place vegetables in the center of the dough. Top the vegetables with pine nuts, ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
  5. Fold the crust over the filling diagonally. Moisten the edges of the round then use a fork to seal the seams.
  6. Place Calzone in oven and bake for 15 -25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  7. Serve hot with preferred garnish. Goes well with salad. But usually the Calzone is a meal in itself.
  1. If you adore pesto, omit the mushrooms and zucchini for a special meal.
  2. Diet Type: Vegetarian
  3. Diet Tags: High Protein
  4. Culinary Tradition: Italian
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Calzones with side of red sauce: Scorpions and Centaurs via photopin cc
Close up of Calizone: JozefSK via photopin cc
Calazone with just pesto and cheese: annieseats via photopin cc




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  1. October 21, 2015

    […] pesto is frequently used on many Italian dishes like pasta, pizza and calzone.  Pesto is also delicious with sun dried mushrooms, potatoes or in […]

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