The Ultimate Stromboli Recipe

Learn how to make this quick and Easy Stromboli, packed with Italian salami, pepperoni, a rich pizza sauce, melted ooey-gooey cheese. This recipe is incredibly fast, effortless, and simply irresistible, leaving you craving for more every time you make it!

by Ioana

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Quick and Easy Stromboli Recipe A Mouthwatering Italian Delight

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So, calling all the pizza lovers!! Look no further if you crave a cheesy, mouthwatering, and easy-to-make Stromboli.

This easy stromboli recipe is here to save the day. Made from a combination of melted ooey-gooey cheese, your favorite meat, tomato sauce, and a pinch of Italian seasoning, this stromboli will become your new favorite comfort food recipe.

Just think about all of your favorite pizza flavors but in a convenient and handheld form, ready in just no time. You’re surprised about how simple and easy it’s to make.

This easy and delicious stromboli recipe is here to help you when you don’t know what to make for lunch or dinner. Everyone is going to love this recipe.

I mean, imagine a warm, flaky, and crispy pizza crust filled with layers of melted cheese and your favorite pizza filling; it sounds delicious, right?

How else could I describe this recipe? A flavor of explosion in every bite. Exactly, every bite from this stromboli recipe is bursting with delicious pizza flavors that will make you ask for one more.

So, whether you are looking for a lunch recipe, a dish perfect for game night, or a casual get-together, our easy stromboli recipe is just what you need. 

Besides that, you can customize the fillings to your preferences to please everyone.

Reasons For Loving This Easy Stromboli Recipe

  1. Versatile Recipe. One of the reasons to love the Easy Stromboli recipe is its versatility. You can enjoy this stromboli as a quick lunch for school or work or as a party appetizer.
  2. Easy to make. With only 10 minutes of prep, you can enjoy this stromboli recipe in no time, making it perfect for busy weeknights or unexpected guests.
  3. Loaded with delicious flavors. Just imagine a crispy and golden crust filled with melted cheese, savory meats, and aromatic herbs – an explosion of flavors in only one bite.
  4. A crowdpleaser. This delicious recipe is perfect for feeding your family or a group of friends since it will be loved even by the pickiest eaters.
  5. Budget-friendly recipe. Made from inexpensive ingredients and pantry staples, this easy stromboli is a budget-friendly recipe that everyone can enjoy.
  6. Customizable recipe. Feel free to play with the filling ingredients from this recipe and get creative by making your own stromboli.
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What is Stromboli?

Popular in Italian-American cuisine, stromboli is a delicious dish made by rolling a thin layer of pizza dough filled with pizza toppings such as tomato sauce, cheese, and salty meat, then baked in the oven until golden and crispy.

Actually, we can say that stromboli is a different type of calzone. The only difference between these two is that calzone is stuffed inside pizza dough while stromboli’s ingredients are rolled.

Served as an appetizer or main course, stromboli can be customized according to everyone’s preferences and are usually enjoyed with marinara sauce or other dipping sauces.

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Stromboli Vs. Calzone

Both recipes are delicious Italian-inspired culinary recipes, but it’s important to know that they have distinct characteristics that make each one unique on its way. Here is a list that will help us make a difference between each one.

  • Shape: As we can see, Stromboli has a more elongated shape, like a rolled-up sandwich, while a calzone is a folded pocket that looks like a half-moon.
  • Texture: calzone has a softer and moisterier texture due to the filling and the way of folding the dough, while stromboli has a crispier texture.
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So are you ready to prepare these delicious Stromboli? First, let’s ensure we have everything we need to bring these goodies to our table. Check the following list of must-have ingredients that you will need to make our easiest stromboli recipe. 

  • Pizza Dough – This is one of the key ingredients for making this stromboli recipe. Whether you choose to make your homemade dough or use a store-bought version, ensure it is at room temperature to obtain that beautifully golden crust that envelops all those delicious pizza fillings.
  • Pizza Sauce(1/2 cup) – Pizza sauce is used as a base in this stromboli recipe to add a tangy, savory flavor that completes the fillings perfectly. 
  • Italian Salami(12 slices) – To infuse delectable Italian flavors, Italian salami is a preferred choice for this recipe. Whether you prefer a spicy, genoa, or another salami variety, the result will be equally satisfying.
  • Pepperoni(16 slices) – Feel free to replace the pepperoni slice with your favorite type of salty meat. I like adding ham or prosciutto crudo.
  • Mozzarella Cheese(1 1/4 cup) – The cheese selection can be tailored to your preferences; I recommend using a combination of favorites like mozzarella, parmesan, and cheddar for an exquisite melange of flavors.
  • Italian Seasoning(1 tsp) – This mix of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and garlic will take your Stromboli to new heights of deliciousness.
  • Egg (one large egg) –  Use one large egg at room temperature for the egg wash to brush the stromboli before baking it.
  • Parsley(2 tbsp) – You will need fresh chopped parsley to boost the dish’s flavor and color.
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How To Make Easy Stromboli

So if you have prepared all the ingredients you need, get ready to become a Stromboli-making pro by following the following steps. So let’s start cooking and discover how simple and easy it’s to create these mouthwatering Stromboli in the comfort of your kitchen with only 10 minutes of prep.

  1. Preheat The Oven

Start by preheating the oven to 350F/180C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  1. Prepare The Pizza Dough

Remove the dough from the package and roll it out on a piece of parchment paper.

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  1. Add The Filling Ingredients

Start by spreading the pizza sauce over the dough, leaving about 2 inches from the edge, then add the Italian salami, cheese, and tip with the pepperoni slices.

  1. Roll The Dough

Start by rolling the dough as we did in our no-knead cinnamon roll recipe and pinch the edges to seal and fold the steam.

Transfer the stromboli with the seam side down on the prepared baking pan and brush with the egg wash, then make small cuts on the top using a sharp knife.

Top with the remaining 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and fresh chopped parsley.

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PRO TIP: When rolling the dough, make sure to obtain an even thickness throughout to ensure that the Stromboli bakes evenly and achieves that golden crunchy crust.

  1. Bake The Stromboli

Transfer the pan to the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on top.

Enjoy warm with your favorite dipping sauces.

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Essential Tips For Success

  • High-quality ingredients: When making this type of recipe, try using fresh and high-quality ingredients to ensure the best flavor.
  • Don’t overfill: I know you may want as many fillings as possible, but this thing may make the Stromboli difficult to roll and cook unevenly. So let’s try to balance the filling-to-dough ratio.
  • Seal the edges. This step is extremely important in making this stromboli recipe since it will prevent the filling from leaking during baking.
  • Don’t skip the egg wash. Brushing the Stromboli with egg before baking will help you obtain that beautiful golden-brown color.
  • Allow to cool. Once baked, let the stromboli rest at room temperature for a couple of minutes before slicing it. In this way, the fillings will settle, making the stromboli easier to slice.
  • Bake properly. Bake your Stromboli on the bottom half of your oven to ensure that the inside and outside of the Stromboli bake at the same rate.
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Easy Stromboli Recipe Variations 

If you are not a fan of Italian salami and pepperoni filling, feel free to get creative and play with different ingredients and combinations to your preferences and take this Stromboli recipe to the next level. You’ll find some interesting recipe variations in the following list, so have fun and create your unique Stromboli version.

  1. Mediterranean Stromboli: Replace the filling ingredients from this recipe with a mix of feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olive, and some dried oregano for a Mediterranean twist, and serve this stromboli with a delicious tzatziki sauce.
  2. Spinach and Ricotta: Make a delicious vegetarian stromboli by filling it with some sauteed spinach mixed with ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and fresh garlic.
  3. BBQ Chicken Stromboli: Make the perfect BBQ appetizer by filling this stromboli with shredded chicken, BBQ sauce, caramelized onion a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Caprese Stromboli: Bring the authentic flavor of Caprese salad in a stromboli by adding some layer of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil, then bake in the oven and drizzle some balsamic glaze on top as a final touch.

Storage Tips

Whether you are planning to refrigerate or freeze your Stromboli leftovers, the following steps and tips will help to keep them fresh and flavorsome for later, just like fresh removed from the oven.

  • Fridge: If you plan to eat the Stromboli in the next couple of days, you can store it in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic foil or an airtight container for up to 5 days to prevent odors from permeating and affecting its flavor.
  • Freezer: If you want to store these Stromboli leftovers for longer, freezing them is the perfect option. To do that, wrap each cooled Stromboli in plastic wrap, then add them to a freezer-safe bag and place them in the freezer for up to 2 months until ready to enjoy.


  • Preheat the oven to 350F/175C and place the stromboli on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then bake them for 5-10 minutes until heated through.
  • You can also reheat the stromboli leftovers in the microwave for 30 seconds until heated.
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Storage Tips

  • Before storing any leftovers, cool them completely to prevent condensation from forming inside the storage container.
  • I recommended labeling the storage container with the product’s name and date of preparation.

Serving Suggestions

Another great thing about this Stromboli recipe is that it can be served in many delicious ways to create a complete meal. Here are some interesting serving suggestions:

  • Dipping Sauces: What can be better than serving these Stromboli with your favorite dipping sauces for extra flavor and a delightful contrast? Marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or garlic mayo are all excellent choices that complement the flavors of the Stromboli.
  • Salad: Make a complete meal by pairing this stromboli with your favorite type of salad, such as Caprese, cucumber, or Greek salad. The fresh and refreshing flavors from the salad will pair perfectly with the rich and savory stromboli.
  • Antipasto: Make a delicious charcuterie antipasto with these Stromboli, some cured meats, olives, vegetable sticks, and a selection of dipping sauced to enjoy at a party.
  • Soup or chili: You will be surprised about how great it pairs this stromboli recipe with a warm bowl of your favorite soup or chili. My favorites are tomato soup, minestrone, or classic chili.
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Stromboli Recipe Substitutions

  • Dough: In this recipe, we used store-bought dough, but if you have time, you can make homemade pizza dough as well, or you can replace it with puff pastry or whole wheat dough for a healthier twist.
  • Cheese: Mozzarella cheese is commonly used in many Stromboli recipes, but you can also use other cheeses for different flavors, such as cheddar, provolone, parmesan, or a combination of cheeses can add a unique twist.
  • Sauce: While most Stromboli recipes are made with pizza sauce, you can experiment using different sauces like pesto, alfredo, or barbecue sauce.
  • Protein: If you want to replace the traditional meat fillings, consider using cooked shredded chicken, turkey, or even plant-based alternatives like tofu or a mix of your favorite cooked veggies for a vegetarian twist.


Even if making this Stromboli recipe is an easy and quick process, sometimes things can go wrong, and appear some troubleshooting during the cooking process. But here are some common tips that will help you avoid any accidents along the way.

  1. The Dough Is Tearing – This may happen if you have rolled the dough too thin. To avoid this happening, follow the steps from this post precisely.
  2. The Dough Is Sticky – If your dough seems too sticky and hard to roll, lightly dush some flour on your work surface and rolling pin to prevent sticking.
  3. The Filling Is Leaking Out – To avoid this happening, avoid overstuffing the stromboli and leave enough space(about 2 inches) to roll and seal easily.
  4. My Stromboli Is Soggy – to prevent this from happening, cut the slits on the top of the Stromboli to let the steam escape while it baked.
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Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I Make Stromboli In Advance?

Certainly, preparing this Stromboli ahead of time is possible, allowing you to bake it fresh when you’re ready to enjoy. To achieve this, follow these steps: assemble the Stromboli as per the recipe, then securely wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate it for a maximum of 24 hours before baking to ensure its deliciousness.

Can I Make Mini Stromboli?

Actually, this is a great idea, especially for when you are throwing a party. Turn these Stromboli into mini ones by dividing the dough into smaller portions and adjusting the fillings accordingly.  

Does Stromboli Have Sauce In Them?

In its traditional form, Stromboli doesn’t typically include pizza sauce within the filling, as demonstrated in this recipe. Instead, dipping sauces are commonly served alongside. However, it’s important to note that this recipe is versatile, enabling you to tailor it according to your preferences. You have the flexibility to choose whether you include or omit the pizza sauce based on your taste.

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The Ultimate Stromboli Recipe

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Learn how to make this quick and Easy Stromboli, packed with Italian salami, pepperoni, a rich pizza sauce, melted ooey-gooey cheese. This recipe is incredibly fast, effortless, and simply irresistible, leaving you craving for more every time you make it!
Author: Ioana
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
4 servings


  • 1 lb pizza dough homemade or refrigerated
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 12 slices Italian salami
  • 16 slices pepperoni
  • 1 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. On a piece of parchment paper, roll out the pizza dough to create a rectangular shape. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Spread the pizza sauce over the dough, leaving about 2 inches from the edge, then layer the Italian salami, and the cheese, and end with pepperoni slices.
  4. Carefully roll up the stromboli, starting from one of the longer sides. Roll it tightly to ensure the filling is secure. Pinch and seal the edges of the dough to prevent any leakage during baking.
  5. Transfer the stromboli with the seam side down on the baking pan and brush with the egg wash, then make small cuts on the top to let the steam escape while baking.
  6. Top with Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and fresh chopped parsley.
  7. Transfer the pan to the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until it's golden brown and the dough is cooked through.
  8. Once baked, remove the stromboli from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing.
  9. Serve the stromboli warm, optionally accompanied by your favorite dipping sauces such as marinara sauce or garlic butter.


If using refrigerated pizza dough, follow the package instructions for any necessary preparation. If using homemade dough, ensure it’s about 1 lb in weight.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 serving, Calories: 559 kcal, Carbohydrates: 57 g, Protein: 26 g, Fat: 25 g, Saturated Fat: 10 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g, Cholesterol: 98 mg, Sodium: 1937 mg, Potassium: 263 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 9 g, Vitamin A: 437 IU, Vitamin C: 2 mg, Calcium: 200 mg, Iron: 4 mg

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