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Homemade Italian Stromboli Pizza

This homemade Italian Stromboli recipe that is filled with cheese and pepperoni combined with the right amount of crispness, will give you the perfect Stromboli Pizza experience!

September 29, 2021
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 8 people
Preparation 75 mins
Cooking 25 mins
Total 100 mins



  1. Sift your all-purpose flour and add it to a large, clean and dry bowl. Create a well in the center of the flour mound.
  2. Then add the warm water, melted butter, and salt to a separate appropriately sized bowl and combine them before pouring this mixture into the center of the well.
  3. In the same bowl, sprinkle 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast and 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar over the water in the well and stir gently. Leave the yeast, sugar, and water mixture like this for at least 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate.
  4. Once the yeast is active, mix all these dry and wet ingredients of the dough until everything is well incorporated. Cover the resulting dough with plastic wrap or cling film and leave it alone to rise for about an hour.
  5. Cover your working surface generously with flour and add the raised dough onto it. Roll the dough out to get a 12"x17" rectangle and transfer it to a rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper in preparation.
  6. Begin spreading the marinara sauce onto this flat rectangular dough, but make sure to leave at least half an inch of dough along the edges free to avoid the sauce overflowing and oozing out.
  7. Now spread the pepperoni slices, salami, and ham evenly over the sauce-covered dough and top with 1½ cups of shredded cheese.
  8. Roll this topped dough into a burrito as tightly as you can without pushing out all the toppings. Place the seam of the dough under the burrito roll and tightly pinch the edges together, tucking them in, so the filling doesn't ooze out during baking.
  9. Heat your oven to 375°F. While that happens, combine 1 large egg, 2 teaspoons water, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds to make an egg wash.
  10. Brush the Stromboli pizza with this egg wash using a pastry brush and transfer it to the oven. Bake until golden in color (20-25 minutes) and serve it hot.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients

Homemade Marinara Sauce Directions

  • To make this gorgeous marinara sauce at home, start by adding 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to a large saucepan and heat it on medium-high heat.
  • Then add the chopped onion and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes or until soft, stirring frequently.
  • Add finely chopped garlic and canned tomato paste to the sautéed onions and cook for about a minute while stirring constantly.
  • Pour in the red wine and cook for another whole minute while stirring constantly.
  • Then add crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper and bring the mixture to a boil while stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and gently boil for an hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the sauce has cooked for an entire hour, take it off the heat and either serve warm immediately or store it for later.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Stromboli
    Serves 8
    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value*
    Protein 13 g26%
    Total Fat 14 g17.9%
    Cholesterol 53 mg17.7%
    Sodium 806 mg35%
    Potassium 178 mg3.8%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


    • There aren’t any rules on what kind of cheese to use for this Stromboli recipe, so feel free to use any shredded or sliced cheese you like. You can even mix the two together to use a combination of cheeses.
    • This Stromboli dough recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast, but you can use 1 ⅓ teaspoon of instant yeast instead if active dry yeast isn't available.
    • You need about a pound of pizza dough to make one Stromboli. Homemade pizza dough gives the best results, but store-bought can also be used when you don’t have enough time.
    • Make this recipe egg-free by skipping the egg wash and brush the Stromboli with a tablespoon of melted butter instead.
    • This recipe uses large pepperoni slices, salami, and ham, but you can also use other kinds of meat like capicola, soppressata, prosciutto, and roast beef if they are pre-cooked.
    • Marinara sauce can be easily replaced with other tomato and pizza sauces for the same flavor and texture. But if looking for something different, use a mixture of butter, garlic, and parsley instead.
    • This recipe is super versatile, and the options are endless. Some other Stromboli filling ideas include cooked mushrooms, cooked chopped broccoli, sliced peppers, spinach, etc. You can also make Meatball Stromboli and Chicken Stromboli using cooked meatballs and chicken, respectively.
    Rate This Recipe

    Never had Stromboli pizza before? This crispy pizza dough roll filled with ham, salami, pepperoni, and cheese is a treat to the taste buds and bound to take you to cloud nine.

    Not to mention it's versatile! You can use any ingredient as a topping for pizza. All the ingredients you need to prepare the most delicious Stromboli are in this recipe! Try it now. Bon Appetit.

    What is Stromboli?

    A Stromboli pizza is a kind of roll made with pizza dough, meat, cheese, and sauce, then baked until golden and crispy. Its origins are unclear, with some stories pointing to Italy while others credit Italian immigrants living in Philadelphia.

    What are the Differences Between Stromboli and Calzone?

    Stromboli and calzone resemble each other and can even be made with the same ingredients, but they are not the same. The main difference lies in the way they are shaped and sealed. Stromboli is rolled like a burrito, while calzones are folded in half like a flat taco. And while both use pizza dough, Stromboli isn't usually made with vegetables and ricotta, which are common ingredients in a calzone.

    What to Serve with Stromboli?

    Serve this Stromboli recipe with side dishes like roasted cauliflower, Parmesan broccoli, breadsticks, soup, Ratatouille, Caesar salad, potato salad, etc., for a balanced and wholesome experience. Stromboli can also be enjoyed with a dip like Spinach Artichoke Dip, Marinara sauce, or Cheese dip.

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    How to Store Stromboli?

    Leftover Stromboli can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. To keep your Stromboli for longer, wait for it to cool, wrap it up in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and freeze it in a freezer bag. Frozen pizza Stromboli stays good for up to 3 months and can be reheated at 350 °F for about 30 minutes after thawing.

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