Stromboli Recipe

A fun twist on pizza with a rolled-up version, this Stromboli recipe is perfect for pizza night. Easy to make and so delicious.

Stromboli recipe

Stromboli Recipe

Pizza is a staple at our house. It doesn’t matter if it’s the classic version of pizza or a fun twist like this Easy Muffin Tin Pizza, Pizza Stuffed Shells, or Pizza on the grill like this Greek Naan Pizza as long as every Friday night is pizza night.

What I love about this recipe:

  • This recipe for stromboli is delicious and easy to make
  • It’s a classic stromboli with cold cuts and cheese
  • Stromboli recipes are easy to customize with your own toppings and variations
  • This is a fun twist to traditional pizza for family pizza night


ingredients for Stromboli
  • Pizza Dough – this can be a homemade pizza dough , or a store-bought pizza dough
  • Olive Oil – I like to use classic olive oil
  • Pizza Sauce – I have a few recipes for homemade pizza sauce. One of them is really easy and a no-cook recipe for pizza sauce. Or, you can buy store-bought pizza sauce
  • Hard Salami – I found sliced salami at my local grocery store
  • Pepperoni – This can also be found at the deli counter
  • Ham – you can use any lunch ham, or buy your favorite kind of ham at your local grocery store delicatessen
  • Mozzarella Cheese – I used sliced mozzarella cheese, but your can use shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Butter – I used unsalted butter
  • Parmesan Cheese – I used fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • Dried Basil – I happen to like basil, so that is why I used it.
    • You can substitute Italian Seasoning or Oregano for Basil

Expert Tips

In some recipes, the sauce is added directly to the dough, but the dough tends to soak up some of the sauce. If you like extra sauce, as I do, then first add a layer of cheese, then sauce, then meats

If you leave an edge of dough without toppings, the end pieces of your stromboli probably won’t have many fillings to bite into. I just consider these pieces a bonus of delicious bread to dip into my pizza sauce, but if you don’t want stromboli pieces without fillings then spread everything as close to the edges of the dough as you possibly can

Stretching Out Pizza Dough

Stretching pizza dough

There are a couple of ways to stretch pizza dough out. One way is to pass the dough from hand to hand allowing it to kind of hang for a small period letting gravity take its’ course

Stretching pizza dough

Another way to stretch pizza dough is to push the dough with the tips of your fingertips

How to Make This Recipe for Stromboli

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Roll the pizza dough out into an oblong shape – like an oval or rectangle – about 10 inches wide and 15 inches long
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  • Top the pizza dough with cheese slices
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  • Spread sauce onto the cheese
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  • Add the meats
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  • Roll the stromboli up – starting at the short side in a tight roll
  • Fold the ends under and pinch them to seal
  • Place the rolled-up stromboli onto a parchment-lined baking sheet
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  • Place 3-4 slits into the top of the stromboli
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  • Brush olive oil over the top and sprinkle basil and Parmesan cheese

Stromboli Variations for more Stromboli Recipes

  • Ham and Cheese Stromboli – Mix mayonnaise and mustard together. Mix in cubes of ham, swiss cheese, broccoli florets, and chopped spinach (frozen that has been thawed and drained)
  • Meat and Veggie Stromboli – Layer cheese, and meats. Spread mustard and sprinkle vegetables
  • Chocolate and Cherry Stromboli – Brush dough with egg wash that has 1 tsp. of lemon juice. Sprinkle on 4 oz. of chocolate chips and dried cherries (chopped). Roll dough but do not seal. Brush more egg wash and sprinkle on granulated sugar
  • Beef and Broccoli Stromboli – Cook ground beef with onion and broccoli florets in a skillet. Stir in shredded mozzarella cheese, sour cream plus salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ground Beef and Pepperoni – Mix olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and mustard powder. Brush on the dough. Add ground beef, pepperoni, and cheese
  • Sausage and Cheese Stromboli – Cook sausage. Stir in mozzarella, eggs, and Basil. Roll dough, brush egg wash, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese

What to Serve with Stromboli

What is the Difference between a Stromboli and a Calzone?

The difference is mainly in the shape. A calzone looks like a half-moon as the dough is basically folded over. A stromboli is rolled up and the ends are pinched to seal making the slices layers of bread and filling

What is in a Classic Stromboli?

A stromboli typically consists of tomato sauce, meats, and cheese

Is a Stromboli or Calzone healthier?

A Stromboli has thinner dough, which reduces the amount of carbs making it the healthier of the two. You can add or reduce meats, and vegetables with both to customize them and add nutrition

Does a Stromboli Have Sauce Inside?

Stromboli can either have a light layer of sauce or can be dipped into heated tomato sauce

Is Stromboli Served Hot?

You can either serve stromboli hot like a typical pizza, but you can also serve it at room temperature which makes it a great party food

Make Ahead and Storing

Store Stromboli in the refrigerator for up to 3 days

Wrap in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. You could also store it in an airtight container

You can make stromboli ahead of time and tightly wrap it to store in the fridge. Let warm up to room temperature before baking

Reheating Pre-Baked Stromboli by lightly covering it with aluminum foil and baking it for 10-12 minutes or until warmed through

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Serving Size

This recipe will comfortably serve 4 people

You can double or triple the recipe to feed more

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Stromboli Recipe

Stromboli Recipe

A delicious and fun twist on pizza. This easy to make Stromboli is perfect for pizza night.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 659cal
Author: Melissa Haines


  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 1 Basting Brush


  • 1 pizza dough refrigerated – store bought
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ cup pizza sauce
  • 4 slices ham deli thin
  • 8 slices pepperoni large slices (or 16 small)
  • 8 slices salami large slices (or 16 small)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter unsalted – melted
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ tsp. Basil


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Roll dough out to a rectangle that is about 10"x15"
  • Brush olive oil over dough
  • Add slices of cheese
  • Spread sauce
  • Add meats
  • Roll from short side (pictures in post)
  • Fold ends under and pinch to seal
  • Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet
  • Cut 3-4 slits in the top of dough to allow air to escape
  • Brush melted butter and sprinkle with basil and Parmesan


Nutrition Facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 659cal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 2306mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 804IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 448mg | Iron: 4mg
Stromboli Recipe
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