Easy Vegetarian Stromboli Recipe

 This easy vegetarian stromboli recipe has loads of mushrooms, spinach, black olives, and lots of melty cheese. The best part? You can switch things up and make this stromboli recipe with your favorite ingredients! Ready in under 30 minutes, it’s a quick and easy vegetarian dinner recipe that everyone in the family is sure to love.

Easy recipe for vegetarian stromboli

A Delicious Veggie Stromboli Recipe

I love this veggie stromboli recipe or veggie pizza roll because it’s so versatile. You can change up the ingredients and add any of your favorite vegetables, from sweet peppers and onions to broccoli and cheddar; there are infinite combinations. You can also change up the type of cheese to give this a completely different taste.

The best vegetarian stromboli

Of course, you can also add meats and or use vegan cheese for a vegan stromboli. For this recipe, I used store-bought pizza dough. If you don’t want to use store-bought pizza dough, a great option is to buy pizza dough from your favorite local pizzeria. And you can always make pizza dough from scratch. There are many pizza dough recipes out there, and one of my favorites is this pizza dough recipe from Joy Food Sunshine.

The best vegetarian stromboli

We love making this mushroom and spinach stromboli for dinner, but it’s also a great picnic food. We often take it with us when we’re spending a day at the beach or the park as it’s easy to transport and easy to eat. It’s delicious directly out of the oven, but it’s also delicious cold, so it’s the perfect food for taking on road trips or for snacking.

What is a stromboli?

A stromboli, sometimes also called a pizza roll, is a close cousin to the Italian calzone and pizza. Usually made with pizza dough, it’s filled with the usual pizza toppings, including Italian cheeses like mozzarella and provolone. In addition, you can easily add Italian meats or, in this case, your favorite vegetables. The pizza dough is rolled up with all the filling ingredients inside and then baked until golden brown and crispy.

Stromboli is easy to eat with your hands and perfect as an appetizer. It’s an easy dinner recipe as versatile as pizza because you can change up the ingredients for the filling to fit your taste or what you have available at home.

Easy vegetarian stromboli recipe

What is the difference between calzone and stromboli?

The main difference between calzone and stromboli is that the calzone is made with pizza dough folded over the filling ingredients like a hand pie or empanada. At the same time, you seal the stromboli by rolling it in a spiral motion.

The calzone and the stromboli also have different origins. The calzone is a traditional Italian food originating in Naples as a casual on-the-street way of eating pizza. On the other hand, the stromboli was invented in Philadelphia in the Italian-American neighborhood of South Philly and named after the Isle of Stromboli in Italy.

How to make the best stromboli

The key to making a fantastic stromboli or pizza roll is starting with a great pizza crust. There are a few different pizza crust options at the grocery store. If you’re going for store-bought pizza crust, make sure you buy the best quality pizza crust you can get your hands on; it makes a huge difference. Then, for even better results, call your favorite local pizzeria to find out if they will sell you pizza dough! 

When it comes to the ingredients for the filling, you can get as creative as you want to. Some of my favorite suggestions include:

Meats

  • Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Sausage

Cheeses

  • Mozzarella
  • Provolone
  • Cheddar
  • Havarti

Veggies

  • Onions
  • Green peppers
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Banana peppers
  • Black olives

I like to serve the stromboli with marinara sauce on the side for dipping, but you can also add the marinara sauce inside the stromboli. If you add the marinara to your stromboli, make sure you are not adding too much. You don’t want your pizza dough to become soggy.

Mushroom and spinach stromboli

If you are using veggies that might give off a lot of liquids when cooking, like tomatoes or mushrooms, it’s best to cook them before adding them to your stromboli. You don’t want your pizza dough to get too mushy and lose its delicious flaky texture.

Easy Vegetarian Stromboli Recipe

Ingredients

  • lb pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ lb baby Bella mushrooms cut into slices
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6-9 slices of provolone or mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup of frozen spinach or a large bunch of fresh spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup of black olives
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1tbs water)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Fresh chopped basil
  • 1 cup marinara sauce for dipping or drizzling

Directions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, the onion powder, the garlic powder, the smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until the mushrooms are cooked through. 

Mushroom and spinach stromboli

  • Dust your kitchen counter with some flour, roll the pizza dough, and flatten it out until you have a large rectangle.

How to make stromboli

  • Layer starting with the provolone, leaving about a 1½  inch border around the dough. Then, layer the spinach, the sauteed mushrooms, and the black olives. Top with the shredded mozzarella.

How to make stromboli

  • Roll the pizza dough like a cinnamon roll. When you finish rolling it, seal the seam by pinching it with your fingers.

How to make stromboli

  • Place a piece of parchment on a sheet pan. Transfer your stromboli to the sheet pan with the seam side down. 
  • Using a knife, cut some slits on the top of your stromboli and brush with egg wash. 

Easy cheesy veggie stromboli

  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 

Easy cheesy veggie stromboli

  • Top with fresh basil and sesame seeds, and serve with a marinara sauce for dipping or drizzling. 

Easy vegetarian stromboli recipe

Other vegetarian recipes:

  • Spicy Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers: Filled with chipotle quinoa, black beans, corn, and topped with avocado and crumbled vegan cheese, this vegan stuffed pepper recipe is healthy and can quickly turn into a vegan recipe.

Spicy Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

  • Roasted Mushroom Tacos: The best vegan tacos I’ve ever had! These vegan mushroom tacos made with roasted portobello mushrooms, red cabbage slaw, and fresh smashed avocado are easy to make.
  • Chipotle Black Bean Burgers: These vegan smoky chipotle black bean burgers with avocado are amazing and easy to make, and perfect for grilling and enjoying with friends while watching your favorite football team play!
  • Vegetarian Stuffed Butternut Squash with Mexican Rice: Spice up this holiday season with a Mexican-inspired Vegetarian recipe for stuffed butternut squash with some of my favorite ingredients: butternut squash, brown rice, and a concoction of Latin flavors, including black beans, corn, chipotle chili, and avocado.

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Mexican Rice

If you want to impress the pants off every family member, you must try my homemade vegetarian stromboli recipe! It is a super easy dish that you can fill with your favorite ingredients. Although there is no arguing that homemade dough takes time to make, I took a shortcut by making this delicious veggie stromboli with store-bought dough. So, to all moms out there, you are welcome!

Easy vegetarian stromboli recipe

Easy Vegetarian Stromboli Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

An easy vegetarian recipe filled with mushrooms, spinach, black olives, and lots of melty cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1lb pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ lb baby Bella mushrooms cut into slices
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6-9 slices of provolone or mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup of frozen spinach or a large bunch of fresh spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup of black olives
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1tbs water)
  • Sesame seeds
  • fresh chopped basil
  • 1 cup marinara sauce for dipping or drizzling

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
    2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, the onion powder, the garlic powder, the smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until the mushrooms are cooked through. 
    3. Dust your kitchen counter with some flour, roll the pizza dough, and flatten it out until you have a large rectangle.
    4. Layer starting with the provolone, leaving about a 1½ inch border around the dough. Then layer the spinach, the sauteed mushrooms, and the black olives. Top with the shredded mozzarella.
    5. Roll the pizza dough like a cinnamon roll. When you finish rolling it, seal the seam against your roll by pinching it with your fingers.
    6. Place a piece of parchment on a sheet pan. Transfer your stromboli to the sheet pan with the seam side down. 
    7. Using a knife, cut some slits on the top of your stromboli and brush with egg wash.
    8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 
    9. Remove from the oven and let stand for a couple of minutes before slicing.
    10. Top with fresh basil and sesame seeds, and serve with a marinara sauce for dipping or drizzling. 

Notes

If you’re going for store-bought pizza crust, make sure you buy the best quality pizza crust you can get your hands on; it makes a huge difference.

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