Wednesday, July 5, 2023

The Best Quick & Easy Low Carb Sausage and Ricotta Calzones

Last month, I was watching an old episode of Chopped on The Food Network and my mouth started watering when I saw one of the chefs in the competition use the crazy basket ingredients for one of the courses to make delicious calzones. Then, my friend Sam Monaco published his easy homemade calzones recipe here on Review This Reviews. I guess I had calzones on the brain, because the next time I reached for my Scotty's Everyday Keto Pizza Crust Mix to make pizza, I decided to try using the zero carb pizza crust mix to make low carb calzones instead. 

I decided to fill the dough with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmigiano Romano cheeses, precooked sausage and herbs and serve the calzones with a good quality jarred pizza sauce as a dipping sauce. They turned out to be a big hit with both my husband and me. They also reheat well and we discovered that the leftovers are even good cold, which is great for a quick and easy hot weather dinner without turning on the oven.

I've provided both the low carb sausage and ricotta calzones recipe and variations for those of you who either don't follow a low carb or keto diet or who may be watching your calories and fat intake. And you can easily use regular pizza dough with wheat flour, if you aren't watching your carbs.


Low Carb & Keto-Friendly Sausage & Ricotta Calzones -- Quick & Easy
Using Scotty's Everyday Keto Pizza Crust Mix with 0 net carbs makes this low carb sausage and ricotta calzones recipe quick, easy and keto diet friendly!

Just because you're following a low carb or ketogenic diet doesn't mean you can't enjoy delicious pizza or calzones! Check out my product review of Scotty's Everyday Keto Pizza Crust Mix with 0 net carbs, which I use in this low carb calzones recipe.

The Best Quick & Easy Low Carb Sausage and Ricotta Calzones Recipe

Low carb sausage and ricotta calzone

Using my favorite 0 net carbs keto pizza crust mix makes this recipe quick and easy to prepare so you can get this yummy dinner on the table in less than 40 minutes. It's a real treat for carb lovers who are watching their carbs, and it's also easy to adapt to make it lower in calories and fat.

You can also substitute conventional store-bought pizza dough if you aren't counting carbs, so it's a great recipe for everyone at your table.

Buon appetito!


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Baking Time: 18–20 minutes

Tools, Supplies and Equipment

*When making low carb sausage and ricotta calzones, you can't use wheat or semolina flour (which is high in carbs and can spike insulin levels) to keep the dough from sticking as you roll it out. I have tried substituting almond flour or coconut flour, but it doesn't work well. A lightly oiled silicone pastry mat is the best rolling surface I have found for working with keto dough.


    • 12 links Applegate Naturals Classic Pork Breakfast Sausage (or other sausage of your choice)
    • 1 cup whole milk (4% fat) ricotta cheese (I recommend Maplebrook Farms brand)
    • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
    • 4 ounces finely shredded mozzarella cheese
    • Fresh or dried herbs to taste (I love Penzeys Greek or Italian Herbs for this recipe)
    • 16 pitted black Greek olives (I use Divina organic kalamata olives), coarsely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • Water
    Dipping Sauce:
    • 1 cup Primal Kitchen unsweetened pizza sauce (Rao's and Yo Mama's are also good low carb, keto friendly brands of pizza sauce)


    1. Place the pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 425 ℉. Line the rimless cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    2. To make the filling, pan fry the sausage links according to directions in a nonstick pan, then halve each link lengthwise and slice. (Alternatively, crumble and brown bulk Italian sausage.) Add to a mixing bowl along with the ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano, finely shredded mozzarella, herbs and chopped olives and mix to combine. Cover and set aside.
    3. To make the dough, add the keto pizza crust mix, water and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the paddle attachment to mix at low speed until the dough comes together. Scrape the bowl and the paddle attachment, replace the latter with the dough hook attachment and let the mixer knead the dough for about 3 minutes until it is uniform and smooth.
    4. To assemble, use 1 tablespoon of the oil to grease the silicone pastry mat. Divide the large ball of dough into four pieces and roll each piece into a smooth ball. Roll out each ball thinly. Place 1/4 of the filling mixture along the center of one half of the dough, leaving a margin of dough around the rim. Moisten the rim with water, fold the dough over the filling and press the moistened edges together firmly. Use the extra-wide turner to help you carefully lift and transfer the calzone onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet. Repeat with the three remaining balls of dough and the rest of the filling. Use your fingers to spread the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over the tops of the calzones.
    5. Open the hot oven and, using potholders to protect your hands, carefully slide the parchment paper with the calzones onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake for 18–20 minutes, or until the bottoms are nicely browned and the tops are baked through.
    6. Put 1/4 cup pizza sauce in each ramekin and serve with baked calzones.

    Serving Suggestion

    I enjoy serving these low carb sausage and ricotta calzones with either a side salad of fresh greens or just some micro greens, as shown here. (Check out my Hamama microgreens seed quilts review. These microgreens are SO easy to grow, no green thumb required—just soak in water and let them do their thing!)

    Nutrition Information

    For those of you who are counting calories or carbs or tracking macros on a low carb or ketogenic diet, these generously-sized low carb sausage and ricotta calzones each have 691 calories, 54.3g of total carbs, 46.3g of fiber, 8g of net carbs, 35.1g of protein and 51.1g of fat.

    Recipe nutrition data calculated by Carb Manager app

    Variations for Conventional, Low Calorie or Low Fat Diets

    If you're not worried about calories, carbs or fat, you can easily substitute homemade or ready-to-use pizza dough, your favorite sausages (Italian would be great) and your favorite pizza sauce. You could also roll out your dough on a board sprinkled with semolina and bake on a semolina-sprinkled pizza stone. 

    To reduce fat and calories, you could try substituting low fat ricotta (although the filling might be a bit watery) and substitute Applegate Naturals Chicken & Sage Breakfast Sausage links.

    The Best Quick & Easy Low Carb Sausage and Ricotta Calzones by Margaret Schindel

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    1. I have never made calzones and was quite tempted by Sam's recent recipe review! You both make them sound really easy to make and delicious to eat. I'm not on a diet, but still appreciate the option and recommendation for Scotty's everyday keto pizza crust mix. I like the idea of having a packaged pizza crust mix on hand to use whenever I am ready to try my hand at making calzones.

      1. Ms. Mouse, using a pizza dough mix or refrigerated or frozen pizza dough is a wonderful time-saver for making these delicious calzones. I look forward to hearing what you think when you try one Sam’s or my recipe! 💗

    2. I'd actually never heard of calzones until Sam, and now you, began talking about them. But my son has made a recipe I now realize is similar to calzones, which I love. His is called a 'sausage roll' and is made with refrigerated pizza dough, ground Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions and mozzarella cheese. So perhaps that is a calzone without us realizing it. :). Glad you were able to come up with a sausage calzone version that fits into your dietary requirements and still gives you the 'taste treat' of a delicious sausage calzone.

      1. Calzones and sausage rolls are very similar, Elf. They differ mostly just in shape. My husband and I are thrilled to be able to enjoy calzones while sticking to our low carb lifestyle.

    3. What a great way to make this favorite low carb. Using ricotta cheese makes a true calzone for sure. Thanks so much for the mention in your post. I'm going to try the Scotty's pizza crust as Fran watches her carbs, but me not so much. Thanks for the recipe.

      1. You’re very welcome, Sam! I hadn’t had a calzone in years and your recipe as well as the Chopped episode inspired me to try making a low carb version. While a low carb pizza crust isn’t quite as tasty as a traditional, conventional crust made with wheat flour, it’s a great alternative for those of us watching our carbs!

    4. Margaret, this sounds and looks delicious - I really appreciate how you linked to the product ingredients where necessary so we can get an idea of where to get it and what you're referring to - Your articles are always so detailed and easy to follow - I'm so hungry right now! Oh, I'm still watching carbs, but having a lesser appetite these days has made that a whole lot easier - This recipe is right up my alley.

      1. Barbara, thanks for the wonderful compliments! This recipe is definitely a keeper and satisfies the desire for pizza or calzones while being low carb, delicious, and quick & easy to prepare. I hope you get a chance to try it! 💗

    5. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, it looks and sounds delicious. I appreciate the step by step instructions. I have never made calzones and we do not eat much meat anymore but I think the recipe can be adapted.

      1. You are very welcome, Jasmine! You can certainly omit the sausage or substitute a vegetarian ingredient.


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