Tag Archives: Ground Beef

Slow Cooker French Onion Meatball Soup

Delicious pork & beef meatballs are added to a crockpot with caramelized onions, herbs & beef broth to make this amazing French Onion Meatball Soup recipe!

Meatballs and egg noodles in french onion soup in large white bowl with sprigs of fresh thyme and a sliced baguette in the background

One of my favorite things to do is combine two foods I love into one amazing new recipe creation!

Buffalo Taco Spaghetti, Mexican Street Corn Mac & Cheese and Philly Cheesesteak Frito Pie are just a few of my favorite recipe mash-ups!

Today I have a delicious new recipe mash-up to share, combining meatballs and french onion soup. Together, they make the best meatball soup ever!

The meatballs can be served with the broth, soup style, tossed with egg noodles, or spooned over mashed potatoes.

I tried each version so that I could give my honest feedback on which way to serve it and honestly, I couldn’t pick just one! You seriously can’t go wrong with any of these options!

Read the full recipe here!

French Onion Dip Tacos

Creamy French onion dip adds a delicious twist to these ground beef tacos! The entire recipe is made in just 20 minutes, for an easy dinner!

Ground beef tacos in crispy shells with shredded lettuce and french onion dip on plate with bowl of french onion dip

In our house, French Onion Dip and chips are always a requirement on the menu for NFL Sundays!  So like any good food blogger, I made my own French Onion Dip Mix and started making homemade dip every Sunday.

Since I now had this delicious French Onion Dip Mix sitting in the pantry, I decided to try it out on other recipes, instead of just dip!

I first tried it out on pot roast and the result was AMAZING! Seriously, French Onion Pot Roast is the best pot roast ever! It was so good, I made it both in a pressure cooker and in a slow cooker.

Next up, I made these French Onion Dip Tacos. The perfect game day food that combines easy ground beef tacos with a seriously delicious dip!

We ate them on game day in crispy shells, then I made them again for dinner during the week and served them on flour tortillas. Both totally tasty options for this seriously easy taco recipe!

Read the full recipe here!

Buffalo Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

This easy, cheesy Buffalo Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole is seriously the best! It’s made with ground beef, buffalo sauce and cheddar cheese, all in one pot, for a quick and simple recipe!

Buffalo cheeseburger tater tot casserole in blue cast iron skillet with red spatula lifting casserole out of skillet

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need more tater tots in my life. They’re delicious, crispy little bites of potato goodness that make you feel like a kid again, what’s not to love?!

Of course, I decided to make my first tater tot casserole with buffalo sauce and cheese, because buffalo cheesiness is my favorite!

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne, Buffalo Cheesy Sausage Balls, Buffalo Cheesy Tortellini and Buffalo Cheesy Pizza Bread, just a few examples of my love for all things buffalo cheesy!

Read the full recipe here!

Taco Ring

This Taco Ring recipe made with crescent rolls and filled with taco seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, bell peppers and onions, is an easy recipe for weeknight dinners, made in under an hour!

Taco ring with crescent rolls on cutting board with ramekin of sour cream topped with tomatoes and jalapenos

Tacos! One of my favorite things to put recipe twists on! Whether it’s Taco Spaghetti, Taco Soup or Taco Dip, I love finding new & different ways to eat tacos!

The Taco Ring was introduced to me when I was 12 years old and my Mom took me to a Pampered Chef party. (And people wonder why I love cooking so much!) We made taco rings at the party and the recipe instantly became a favorite at the Bond house!

Over the years I’ve put my own spin on the taco ring, with a buffalo chicken version and a breakfast version

For this recipe, I kept it classic, but added two of my favorite taco mix-ins, onions and bell peppers!

Read the full recipe here!

Taco Soup

This simple Crockpot Taco Soup Recipe is made with taco seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, beans and corn for the best taco soup, that’s also so easy to make!

Taco soup in a yellow crock with cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro

This crockpot taco soup recipe was one of my favorite dinners that my Mom would make when I was growing up!

Over the years, I’ve made several different versions of the soup, from a One Pot Turkey Taco Soup, to a Vegetarian Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup, to a Slow Cooker Cheesy Turkey Taco Soup. They’re all delicious, but when I’m in the mood for a taste of home, I always go back to this simple taco soup recipe my Mom used to make!

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Philly Cheesesteak Frito Pie

Philly Cheesesteak Frito Pie is a fun twist on the southern dish, Frito Chili Pie. Ground beef, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms are cooked together and served over Fritos, topped with a creamy provolone sauce for one easy and epic recipe!

Fritos topped with ground beef and creamy provolone sauce in casserole dish

Never underestimate the amazingness that can come from combining two delicious recipes into one, like Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket or Mexican Street Corn Mac & Cheese, this Philly Cheesesteak Frito Pie combines one delicious northeastern dish with one scrumptious southwestern dish for a totally tasty meal!

If you’re not totally on board with this Philly Cheesesteak Frito Pie yet, I’ve got 4 words for you, creamy provolone cheese sauce!

Oh yes, I did!

Read the full recipe here!

Korean BBQ Beef

Seriously delicious Korean BBQ Beef, also known as bulgogi, is made with the best, easy homemade Korean BBQ Sauce recipe and ground beef. It can be served in a rice bowl, as lettuce wraps or tacos!

Korean BBQ Beef in a Bowl with Diced Scallions

Thanks to my friends at California Beef Council for sponsoring today’s post!

There’s nothing I love more than making one dish that you can turn into multiple meals throughout the week. On next weeks episode of the “Feed Me!” podcast, we’re talking all about that!

If you haven’t tuned in to the “Feed Me!” podcast yet, you definitely need to! It’s so much fun and we talk all about delicious recipes, tacos, one pot meals and more!

On the upcoming episode, it’s back to school time and I’m talking about easy recipes you can make once and turn into different lunches through the week. This Korean BBQ Beef is made in just 29 minutes, then can be used to make tasty tacos, delicious bowls or healthy lettuce wraps throughout the week.

I made this Korean BBQ Beef recipe with my go-to Korean BBQ Sauce! I first introduced this sauce on the blog almost 4 years ago in this recipe for Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Meatballs. Since then, I’ve used it in recipes for Korean BBQ Grilled Salmon, Korean BBQ Short Ribs and Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Chicken Tacos.

Needless to say, it’s one of my favorite sauces ever and it’s so easy to make!

Read the full recipe here!

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni, it’s like Hamburger Helper, but so much better! This meaty, cheesy pasta dish is so delicious and made in under 45 minutes for a quick and easy dinner recipe!

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni in bowl with spoon

From Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne to Buffalo Taco Spaghetti to Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Tortellini, there’s a reason I’ve been called “The Queen of Buffalo Sauce”!

Cheesy pasta recipes with buffalo sauce are totally my jam! It’s quick, easy comfort food with a kick!

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20 Minute Enchilada Pasta

Small pasta shells, ground beef, enchilada sauce and cheddar cheese are combined in this incredibly easy and flavorful 20 minute enchilada pasta recipe!

Enchilada Pasta Recipe in Bowl

I absolutely love taking my favorite Mexican recipes and turning them into epic weeknight pasta dishes! From Taco Baked Ziti with Creamy Avocado Sauce to Mexican Stuffed Shells with Green Chili Sauce to One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti, Mexican Pasta Mash-Ups are my jam!

For my latest Mexican pasta mash-up, I’m sharing how to make enchilada pasta with beef!

Read the full post here!

Whole30 Hamburgers with Sesame Scallion Sauce

Whole30 Hamburgers are healthy, packed with protein, and gluten free, they’re wrapped in lettuce and topped with a sesame scallion sauce for a flavorful meal!

Whole30 Hamburgers are healthy, packed with protein, and gluten free, they're wrapped in lettuce and topped with a sesame scallion sauce for a flavorful meal!

One of the most important aspects of the Whole30 diet is paying attention to labels and buying the best 100% grass-fed, organic meats whenever possible.

During “Whole30 March” I’ve relied on my friends at ButcherBox to fill my fridge with grass-fed beef, free range organic chicken and Whole30 approved bacon.

If you’re not familiar, ButcherBox is a high quality meat subscription service that delivers your choice of beef, chicken, pork, or a combination of meats, right to your door every 30 or 60 days! You can also add items like burgers, uncured sugar free bacon (that’s Whole30 approved and paleo!) and breakfast sausage.

I received my first ButcherBox two years ago, in April 2016, and have been hooked ever since!

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Buffalo Cheddar Cornbread Chili Pie

Traditional cornbread chili pie is kicked up a notch in this downright delicious version of the dish made with buffalo sauce and cheddar cheese!

Traditional cornbread chili pie is kicked up a notch in this downright delicious version made with buffalo sauce and cheddar cheese!

Say hello to the ultimate comfort food recipe! Warm flavorful chili with buffalo sauce paired with light fluffy cornbread with cheddar cheese, what in the world could be better than that? Nothing, I tell you, nothing!

This was one of the last recipes I made in our apartment before moving into the new house and I was so excited to come home after working on the house all day to leftovers of this dish. Who gets excited about leftovers?! Someone that has this Buffalo Cheddar Cornbread Chili Pie as leftovers, that’s who!

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One Pot German Meatballs & Potatoes

In one pot, create a delicious meal of German meatballs and potatoes in a creamy white caper sauce, incredibly flavorful and an easy dinner recipe!

In one pot, create a delicious meal of German meatballs and potatoes in a creamy white caper sauce, incredibly flavorful and an easy dinner recipe!

This week, I’ve partnered up with some of my favorite fellow food bloggers to promote the “Food Blogger Winter Games”, a series of recipe posts from each blogger highlighting different countries cuisines ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

The country I selected to cook from was Germany and yesterday I shared a delicious recipe for Pork & Sauerkraut Cabbage Rolls. Today, I’m sharing a new one pot recipe for German meatballs and potatoes. This is a great dinner recipe for all those fellow “meat and potato” lovers out there! And that creamy lemon caper sauce, O-M-G, I dare you not to drink it straight from the pan, it’s seriously so good!

Read the full post here!

Philly Cheesesteak Mac & Cheese

This insanely delicious Mac and Cheese recipe is a seriously scrumptious twist on the Philly Cheesesteak and it’s easily made in only 29 minutes!

This insanely delicious Mac and Cheese recipe is a seriously scrumptious twist on the Philly Cheesesteak and it's easily made in only 29 minutes!

Allow me to introduce you to the BEST MAC & CHEESE EVER! What started as an experiment almost 2 months ago, lead me to the most amazing twist on a Philly Cheesesteak ever!

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Sous Vide Sliders

 Sous vide burger sliders are easy to make, with very little prep, and will result in the most flavorful, juicy burgers you’ve ever had!

Sous vide burger sliders are easy to make, with very little prep, and will result in the most flavorful, juicy burgers you've ever had!

Last week I joined my friends at Cox Communications in Baton Rouge for another “Cox Smart Home” event. I spent the day in the kitchen sharing tips and tricks for how to make your kitchen “smart” by incorporating WiFi enabled devices and appliances into your cooking.

One of the WiFi enabled devices in the smart home kitchen was the Anova WiFi enabled sous vide. I used this device at past events to make Steak Crostini‘s to share with guests of the event, but this time I decided to switch things up!

Since it is football season in Baton Rouge, I decided to serve some of my favorite game day recipes, like Slow Cooker Green Chili Queso Dip and Football Shaped Nutella Rice Krispie Treats. I then decided to make sliders in the sous vide, because they’re perfect for tailgating! Prep the sliders and toss them in the sous vide, remove them from the sous vide, take them to the tailgate, then give them a quick sear on the grill and you’ve got the most delicious and juicy sliders you’ve ever had in your life!

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Buffalo Frito Chili Pie

Frito Chili Pie is given a spicy kick with the addition of buffalo sauce, green chilies and spices in this delicious twist on a classic recipe, easy to make in only 20 minutes!

Frito Chili Pie is given a spicy kick with the addition of buffalo sauce, green chilies and spices in this delicious twist on a classic recipe, easy to make in only 20 minutes!

Frito Chili Pie has been a favorite meal of mine since I was a kid. It’s quick and easy to toss together, making it the perfect weeknight meal!

This week has been a little crazy since returning from Arizona. I was hanging out in Phoenix most of last week with my friends at Cox Communications in the “Cox Smart Home” kitchen.

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Buffalo Cheesy Meatloaf

Buffalo sauce, ground beef, pork sausage and two cheeses are combined in this delicious, easy Buffalo Cheesy Meatloaf recipe!

 Buffalo sauce, ground beef, pork sausage and two cheeses are combined in this delicious, easy Buffalo Cheesy Meatloaf recipe!

Mmm meaty, cheesy, buffalo sauce deliciousness, it really doesn’t get much better than that!

This recipe was inspired by a popular WhitneyBond.com party app, Buffalo Cheesy Sausage Balls. A recipe which I actually whipped up earlier today for a fun event.

The event was the Cox Communications Smart Home event in Gainesville, Florida, where I was sharing with local media, bloggers and community members how to use my Amazon Alexa App “Whitney Bond’s Recipe Search” which will verbally walk you through any recipe on WhitneyBond.com totally hands free! I also shared how to use WiFi devices in the kitchen, like this WiFi Crock Pot and WiFi Coffee Maker.

Read the full post here!

Heart Shaped Meatloaf

This Italian Meatloaf recipe is easy to make & so delicious! It can be made into a heart shape for Valentine’s Day, or made anytime of the year using a traditional meatloaf pan!

This Italian Meatloaf recipe is easy to make & so delicious! It can be made into a heart shape for Valentine's Day, or made anytime of the year using a traditional meatloaf pan!

If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner that’s both really delicious and captures the festive spirit of Valentine’s Day, then this Heart Shaped Italian Meatloaf is where it’s at!

This meal if perfect for boyfriends, girlfriends, hubbys, wives, kids and friends! It’s easy to make and something that everyone will love on Valentine’s Day!

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Jamaican Jerk Beef Patties

Jamaican jerk seasoned beef patties are a popular dish in Jamaica. In this recipe, the patties are made into the perfect size for a party appetizer!

Jamaican jerk seasoned beef patties are a popular dish in Jamaica. In this recipe, the patties are made into the perfect size for a party appetizer!

Oh, hey y’all, it’s day two of “Jamaica Week” on WhitneyBond.com, where I’m sharing all of my favorite recipes inspired by my recent trip to Couples Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica!

Yesterday, I shared a Sweet Potato Soup Recipe inspired by a 5 course dinner at The Verandah restaurant located inside Couples Resort Tower Isle. Today, I’m sharing a dish that is a Jamaican staple, beef patties!

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One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti

In one pot and under 30 minutes, make this scrumptious Buffalo Taco Spaghetti recipe, perfect for weeknight dinners in a hurry!

One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti Recipe

Oh hey y’all, it’s Wednesday, and if you’re ready for some mid-week deliciousness, then I have just the recipe for you!

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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Beef and broccoli stir fry is a delicious, quick and easy recipe made in only 20 minutes, perfect for weeknight dinners in a hurry!

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

About a week ago I was craving Beef Chow Fun from my favorite local Chinese restaurant. Instead of heading into downtown to grab a bowl at the restaurant, I decided to come up with a recipe to make it at home, and share it on the blog!

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Easy One Pot Beef Stroganoff

This made-from-scratch Beef Stroganoff recipe is so easy to make, it only requires one pot and 29 minutes to prepare, for one delicious dinner!

Easy One Pot Beef Stroganoff Recipe

My love for one pot meals runs deep!

I love the delicious flavors that develop from cooking everything together, and even more, I love the fact that you only have to wash one pot when the meal is over 😉

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

This Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf recipe is easy enough to cook up for weeknight dinners, but also impressive enough for a dinner party!

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe

Last night at 6 PM:  I decide to make a bacon wrapped meatloaf for dinner, not for the blog, just to try something new.

This morning at 8 AM: At the grocery store buying the ingredients to make another bacon wrapped meatloaf, because I had to photograph it & share it on the blog ASAP, like today ASAP!

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Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

In this easy recipe, Swedish Meatballs are slow cooked in a delicious sauce, then served as an appetizer or over pasta for dinner.

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Where do my recipe ideas come from? A question I am asked quite regularly, and to be honest, I always answer the same, the ideas come from everywhere!

Sometimes it’s recipe inspiration from a restaurant, or recent trip, sometimes it’s a recipe twist on an old family favorite, and sometimes, it’s a direct request from the boyfriend, i.e. Swedish Meatballs!

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Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Taco seasoned ground beef and hot sauce add delicious flavor and spice to this Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese recipe!

Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Today I’m combining 3 of my favorite things in life, the almighty slow cooker, tacos and macaroni and cheese!

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Taco Croissants

Put a delicious dinner twist on Taco Tuesday with this easy Taco Croissant Recipe, or serve it as the perfect appetizer for Superbowl Sunday!

Easy Taco Croissant Recipe

Football Playoffs officially kicked off this past weekend, which means the Big Game is less than 3 weeks away!

If you’re looking for a super simple app to serve while watching football, this taco croissant recipe is perfect!

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Sloppy Joe Pizza Rolls

Sloppy Joe Pizza Rolls Recipe

Let me start off with a big WELCOME to the new WhitneyBond.com! I’m so excited that you’re here 🙂

If you’ve been visiting LittleLeopardBook.com for the last 4 years you might have noticed that over the weekend the website began redirecting all LLB links to WhitneyBond.com and the header on the website changed from “LittleLeopardBook.com – Cooking Secrets of Whitney Bond” to “WhitneyBond.com – Traditional Recipes With A Bond Girl Twist!

I wrote a post last week talking all about the rebranding and I’m so excited that it’s all happening now!

Just in case you missed the post, don’t worry, nothing is changing except for the name! You can still expect delicious new recipes coming at you every week on WhitneyBond.com, starting with these scrumptious Sloppy Joe Pizza Rolls, combining two of my childhood favorites!

This recipe took a couple of tries to perfect (you’ll see three lessons I learned throughout the recipe post!), but was well worth the time and effort to make it an absolutely amazing first recipe post on the new WhitneyBond.com!

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Gluten Free Stuffed Poblano Enchiladas

Gluten Free Stuffed Poblano Enchiladas

I’ve been wanting to make a new stuffed pepper recipe for a while now, and last week, it finally happened!

I decided to make Stuffed Pepper Enchiladas, subbing tortillas for roasted poblano peppers. This is a great way to make enchiladas gluten-free and healthier!

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BBQ Meatball Sub

BBQ Meatball Sub Recipe

Growing up, I loved to put BBQ sauce on everything! Maybe it was the sweetness of the sauce, or maybe the fact that I grew up in the south, but either way, I loved it!

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Creamy Sriracha Beef Enchiladas

This beef enchiladas recipe combines spicy ground beef with creamy Sriracha sauce & lots of cheese for a delicious recipe that’s quick and easy to make!

Creamy Sriracha Beef Enchilada Recipe

It’s been an entire week since my last new recipe post on the blog! Why the long wait for a delicious new recipe you ask?! Because I took my first trip to New Orleans last week with two of my best friends!

If you follow me on Instagram you got to see all of the alligator holding (yup, that happened!) beignet eating, St Patricks Day glitter throwing, tutu wearing fun! I even created a Food Bloggers Guide to New Orleans with some of my favorite spots to eat, drink and shop in the city!

I loved the city and the food, and was so inspired to come home and create my own spins on beignets, shrimp and grits and jambalaya!

While this enchilada recipe was not inspired by my trip to New Orleans, it is a recipe I’ve been planning for a while now and I couldn’t wait to get home from my trip to whip it up!

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One Pot Mediterranean Spiced Beef and Macaroni

This Mediterranean Spiced Beef and Macaroni is made in one pot with 15 minutes of prep for a quick, easy and delicious dinner recipe!

One Pot Mediterranean Spiced Beef and Macaroni

Happy New Year my friends! For the first new recipe of 2015 I’m so excited to share this Bond family favorite that I put my own little twist on!

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Taco Baked Ziti with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Taco Baked Ziti with Creamy Avocado Sauce

If you’ve ever thought, “Man, oh man, I really love pasta and I really love tacos, I just can’t decide which one I love more!” Well, you don’t have to choose between the two anymore!

That’s right, I took the delicious flavors of a taco and incorporated them into this baked ziti recipe, that is not only totally scrumptious, it’s totally easy too!

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Tortilla Wrapped Jalapeño Cheeseburger

Tortilla Wrapped Jalapeño Cheeseburger

One of the ways I find recipe inspiration is through eating delicious dishes at great restaurants… or through my friends eating delicious dishes at great restaurants and sending me pictures!

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Chipotle Ranch Sloppy Joes

Chipotle Ranch Sloppy Joes

While Sloppy Joes may be a childhood favorite, I promise that they’re just as delicious at 20-something as they were at 7!

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Loaded Calzone

Loaded Meat and Cheese Calzone

By now, most of you know about my deep, passionate love affair with… Italian food!  I’ve never made a calzone but since I’m on a kick of making my own bread, breadsticks, pizza crusts, etc. I decided that it was time to make my own calzone!

Loaded Calzone Recipe

I simply took my pizza dough recipe, altered it a little and made a calzone dough, then filled it with all of my favorite things!  That’s the great thing about pizza and calzones, you can “load” them with whatever you like!

Loaded Calzone Ingredients

Ingredients – Dough

  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • .25 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • olive oil cooking spray

Ingredients – Filling

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian pork sausage
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup homemade tomato basil marinara (for dipping)

Start by combining the flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add the warm water and olive oil. Mix until a solid dough forms.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes. Form into a ball and place in a large bowl coated in cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm to rise for an hour.

Calzone Dough Recipe

While the dough is rising prepare the filling ingredients.

Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic. Sauté for 5-7 minutes.

Sauteed Bell Pepper and Onions

Add the ground beef and sausage. Cook until no longer pink. Drain the grease, then add 1 tbsp fresh basil, 1 tsp dried parsley and 1 tsp dried oregano.

Italian Calzone Meat Filling Recipe

Turn heat to low and allow the herbs to cook into the meat for 5-10 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.  Add the additional basil, oregano and parsley.

Italian Herb Ricotta Cheese

Place in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the calzone.

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Once the dough has doubled in size, roll into a thin, oval shape.

Calzone Dough Recipe

Spread the cheese mixture on the dough.

Three Cheese Calzone Recipe

Top with the meat mixture.

Italian Meat and Cheese Calzone Recipe

Carefully fold the calzone in half.

Crimp the edges to form a tight seal around the calzone.

Loaded Calzone Recipe

Brush the top with the additional tablespoon of olive oil to give it a nice brown crust.

Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Loaded Calzone

By this picture you get an idea of just how GIANT this calzone is!

You can easily half the recipe to make a smaller version or divide the dough in half to make two calzones with different fillings for friends or family members with differing tastes!

Three Cheese Italian Meat Calzone

Serve with a warm side of scrumptious, homemade marinara sauce for dipping!

Italian Sausage and Three Cheese Calzone

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute 4 cups of vegetables such as spinach, mushrooms and eggplant for the ground beef and sausage. Sauté the vegetables with the bell pepper and onion for 5-7 minutes.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten free flour in the calzone dough to make this recipe gluten free.

Loaded Calzone

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 6

Loaded Calzone

Ingredients

    Dough
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • .25 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • Filling
  • 2 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup homemade tomato basil marinara (for dipping)

Instructions

  1. Start by combining the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  2. Add the warm water and olive oil.
  3. Mix until a solid dough forms.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Form into a ball and place in a large bowl coated in cooking spray.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm to rise for an hour.
  7. While the dough is rising prepare the filling ingredients.
  8. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  9. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic.
  10. Sauté for 5-7 minutes.
  11. Add the ground beef and sausage.
  12. Cook until no longer pink.
  13. Drain the grease, then add 1 tbsp fresh basil, 1 tsp dried parsley and 1 tsp dried oregano.
  14. Turn heat to low and allow the herbs to cook into the meat for 5-10 minutes.
  15. In a small bowl combine the ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
  16. Add the additional basil, oregano and parsley.
  17. Place in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the calzone.
  18. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  19. Once the dough has doubled in size, roll into a thin, oval shape.
  20. Spread the cheese mixture on the dough.
  21. Top with the meat mixture.
  22. Carefully fold the calzone in half.
  23. Crimp the edges to form a tight seal around the calzone.
  24. Brush the top with the additional tablespoon of olive oil.
  25. Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  26. Slice and serve with marinara for dipping.
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