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Vegan Mini Calzones

Recipe for vegan Mini Calzones filled with spinach, mushrooms, tomato sauce & homemade vegan cheese. They are perfect little finger foods for parties!

Vegan Mini Calzones on wooden plate

Calzone Party!! Oh man… have I ever mentioned how much I love those little pockets filled with steaming hot deliciousness? My boyfriend loves those as well and he demands them on a regular basis and that’s absolutely okay with me because they are one of the most awesome things one can make in the kitchen.

They are also great for parties because people can eat them without a knife and fork and you can dip them in tomato sauce. If you want more party ideas, make sure you check out my collection of 12 vegan drinks & eats for your next party.

How to make vegan Mini Calzones from scratch

Vegan Calzone Dough

This is how the dough should look like. I’ve let my bread machine knead the dough, but you can use a kitchen machine as well or knead it by hand, afterward let the dough rise until it doubles in size.

Vegan Calzone Dough

Cut the dough in 8 equal pieces. Of course, you can make 2 bigger calzones instead or smaller ones.

Vegan Calzone Dough

Make cute little balls so they are easier to roll out into an evenly round shape.

Vegan Calzone Dough rolled out

Roll the pieces in mini pizza bases! Use a floured surface.

Assembling vegan mini calzones with tomato sauce, homemade cheese sauce, mushrooms and spinach

Top the pizza bases on one half with tomato sauce, the filling and the nooch cheese sauce and fold it. Press the edges down. Fold them again and press them down again to make a pretty crust!

Vegan Mini Calzones on a baking tray before baking

Brush them with oil. I’ve used a herb oil, but you can use olive oil, garlic oil or anything you prefer and have at home.

Vegan Mini Calzone filled with spinach and mushrooms being dipped in tomato sauce

I’ve doubled the measurements for the tomato sauce to have something to dip the vegan Mini Calzones in afterwards. Totally worth it!

Vegan Mini Calzone filled with spinach and mushrooms

Mini Calzone dipped in a smoky tomato sauce – Yumm! But be careful, the calzones are super hot!

Vegan Mini Calzones | ElephantasticVegan.com

Mini Calzones

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for vegan Mini Calzones filled with spinach, mushrooms, tomato sauce & homemade vegan cheese. They are perfect for parties!
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Italian, Vegan
Servings 8 mini calzones
Calories 203 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Ingredients for the dough

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water

Ingredients for the filling

  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach
  • Homemade Nooch Cheese (or sub with your favorite vegan cheese shreds)
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato purée* (if you don't want tomato sauce to dip the Calzones in afterwards, half the amount of tomato purée!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • a few twigs fresh oregano
  • olive oil for brushing the top

Instructions
 

  • For the dough put all ingredients in a kitchen machine or mix by hand and let it rise until it doubles in size, but keep it covered under a clean kitchen towel otherwise the dough will dry out.
  • Prepare the Nooch Cheese Sauce.
  • Preheat the oven as hot at 480°F/250°C.
  • Cut the dough in 8 equal pieces and roll them out on a floured surface.
  • Clean the mushrooms and spinach, cut the mushrooms in thin slices and put the mushrooms in a hot pan (You want the mushrooms to lose most of their water now, they shouldn't water up the calzone later). Add the spinach to let it cook down.
  • For the tomato sauce mix the tomato purée with the salt, ground pepper, fresh oregano, onion powder and liquid smoke. (Adjust the sauce to your taste)
  • Spread the tomato sauce over half of the calzone pizzas, add the mushroom-spinach mixture and add the vegan cheese sauce.
  • Fold the calzone and press it down on the edges. Fold the edges again and a third time to make it pretty! Repeat until all calzones are fold.
  • Brush the calzones with a bit of olive oil and bake them in the oven for about 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

Be careful not to burn yourself, they're super hot!
*I used store-bought tomato purée (with salt, no additional herbs) for this recipe - it's often canned or in cartons, not to confuse with tomato paste which is thicker in consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mini calzoneCalories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 6gFat: 1gSodium: 169mgPotassium: 391mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 955IUVitamin C: 7.8mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 3.4mg
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Allison

Saturday 4th of April 2020

I've made this dough 2x now, and both times it was so separated and didn't rise or become pliable. I'm not sure what I could have done wrong. Used 2 different yeast packets. Tried adding a bit more moisture too. Scratching my head... But your recipe encouraged me to try my hand at calzones during this quarantine, and they were a bit regardless, so I persist! :)

Allison

Saturday 4th of April 2020

I meant, "they were a HIT"

Michelle

Thursday 13th of June 2019

Hi have you tried making gluten free dough? I’d love to make these for a party, but need gf dough. Thank you,

Bea

Sunday 18th of August 2019

This is sooo good! And surprisingly simple. My family devoured them in one night so I made it again!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Bianca

Saturday 15th of June 2019

I haven't tried that yet. Sorry!

Liz L.

Saturday 11th of February 2017

I made this for my teenager girls this morning and they LOVE IT!!!! I added vegan mozzarella cheese but forgot to add Nooch in my recipe. I only made 4 and saved the other dough for next time. I baked it for 25 mins at 400 degrees.

Bianca

Sunday 12th of February 2017

Yeay, so glad your girls loved them, Liz! :) Mhhh, vegan mozzarella cheese sounds delicious!

Cecilia Derry

Monday 22nd of August 2016

I absolutely loved these! They were a last resort for something to eat and they honestly did not take that long to make. So very delicious, thanks so much for the recipe!

Bianca

Monday 22nd of August 2016

I'm so glad you liked them, Cecilia!

myeverydayveganlife

Monday 14th of March 2016

I made these tonight for dinner. My boyfriend and I loved them. They were very easy to make. The dough tasted just like pizza dough. I'm going to use it to make a pizza. Also love the mooch sauce. Anytime I can find a recipe for cheese sauce that doesn't require me to soak cashews over night is a good thing. I was wondering how long would these keep in the refrigerator and could they be frozen. Great recipe!!!

Bianca

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you and your boyfriend liked them! The dough for the calzones is my regular pizza dough - I love having multifunctional simple doughs :) Great to hear that you loved the nooch sauce! The cheese sauce is really good on pizza, lasagne (YUMM!) or as a mac & cheese sauce, too. I'd say the calzones keep in the fridge for about 2 days... I haven't tried freezing them yet but one of my readers did and she said it worked well and they still tasted great :)