Thursday, March 12, 2009

Meatball, Mozzarella, Marinara - Oh My, Calzone Pie!

So, I lied on my birthday by saying I was going to be making a Trader Joe's recipe last night. I forgot I had slated it for tonight. Last night I needed a quick crockpot dinner, so I went with my old standby, Chili Cheese Tortilla Wraps. It was good, as usual.

Oh, I want to point out that the boy has been an angel yesterday and today!! Since I usually complain about his behavior I figured I should let everyone out there know that he is capable of being nice. He really is a sweet boy, he just doesn't know how to deal with his anger and frustration. But he's been so, so, so good yesterday and today. Hooray!! It makes me a much happier and nicer mommy. :)

Last week I was looking on the Trader Joe's website and noticed a Recipe section. As you know (or probably could figure out), I'm a sucker for recipes. I didn't look at all of them, but the title of this one intrigued me. Then I was beyond delighted to discover I had most all of the ingredients I needed for this, except a pie crust, but that was easy enough to pick up at my grocery shopping trip this week. The recipe lists all TJ's ingredients, so I'll keep it like that.

Meatball, Mozzarella, Marinara - Oh My, Calzone Pie!
1 package Trader Joe's Gourmet Pie Crust, thawed
1 cup Organic Basil Marinara
1 package Frozen Meatballs (Meatless or Turkey work too!), thawed and quartered
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Follow the directions on the pie crust packaging for double pie crust. While filling, first spoon 2 Tbsp of sauce on the pie crust and spread to cover. Add meatballs and top with remaining sauce and cheese. Continue with the rest of the directions on the package, baking 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden.


Mmmmm...sounds yummy! I had a bag of TJ's Meatless Meatballs in the freezer, so I have those thawing on my counter right now. I'll probably use more than half a cup of cheese, too, because a small amount of cheese just isn't my style. I think I have an Italian cheese blend in the fridge. Not sure what we'll have with it, maybe some frozen peas or broccoli. I have a bagged salad mix in the fridge, but I think it's Asian blend which seems kind of weird to have with this. I was going to get Lite Ceasar, but the nutrtional info was better on the Asian one. Weird.


This was really good! We all liked it a lot. It was really easy to throw together which was nice. When I was assembling it I wondered if it would be weird having the cheese next to the crust on the top, but it wasn't at all. It was yummy with the cheese stuck to the crust. Mine baked for about 20 minutes, the crust didn't look quite done after 15 minutes. This is definitely something I'd make again. With the soy meatballs, it was a great easy vegetarian dinner, too.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

That sounds very tasty. I think I'm gonna have to try it.