Mozzarella, pepper & aubergine calzone on a chopping board

Mozzarella, pepper & aubergine calzone

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4

Try these healthy Italian-inspired mozzarella, pepper and aubergine calzones for a working lunch, or pack up and eat outdoors on a warm day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal523
  • fat13g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs71g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre15g
  • protein24g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 400g strong wholewheat bread flour, plus extra for dusting



    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • ⅛ tsp salt (optional)
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast



    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil, plus extra for the baking sheet
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

For the filling

  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into small chunks



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 1 large aubergine, halved lengthways and thinly sliced



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

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    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • small bunch basil, roughly torn



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 8 pitted Kalamata olives, halved
  • 125g ball mozzarella (drained weight), quartered
  • milk or beaten egg, for brushing



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…


  1. Put the flour, salt (if using), yeast, oil and 300ml lukewarm water in a bowl and mix until soft. Knead into a ball (try not to add any extra flour) – it will be sticky but the flour will absorb some moisture. Return to the bowl, cover and leave somewhere warm.

  2. Meanwhile, make the filling. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan, then stir-fry the peppers for about 1 min until they start to soften. Add the aubergine and garlic and continue to cook over a medium heat for 8-10 mins, gently pressing the veg with a wooden spoon until it breaks down a little. If it doesn’t, fry, covered, for a few extra mins.

  3. Stir in the tomato purée, vinegar and 2 tbsp water. When the veg is soft, remove the pan from the heat and stir through the basil.

  4. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Quarter the risen dough and roll each piece out to a 20cm circle on a lightly floured surface. Spoon a quarter of the filling over one side, scatter over a quarter of the olives, top with a quarter of the cheese, and brush the edges with the milk or beaten egg. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges together at the side, a bit like making a Cornish pasty. Lift onto a lightly oiled baking sheet and brush with more milk or beaten egg. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling to make four calzones, then bake for 15-20 mins until golden. Leave to cool slightly and serve at room temperature.

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