How to Make Stromboli

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An easy, step by step guide on how two make Italian stromboli from scratch!

Pepperoni Stromboli Slices with Arrabiata Sauce

A few days ago we were talking about calzone vs stromboli, but decided to share an easy stromboli recipe guide today to make things easier.

How To Make Stromboli from Scratch:

  • Make a batch of this Italian pizza dough recipe.
  • Shape the dough into squares or rectangles.
  • Layer the dough with salami, ham or pepperoni slices then cover in good melting cheese, like: mozzarella, fontina, pepper jack, provolone or even swiss. You could go vegetarian of course and use a mix of sauteed peppers and onions instead. Don’t do as I did and layer the cheese first because it will ooze out and become a little messy. The BatMan likes it that way, but you do it right okay ? 😉
  • Roll the pizza into a log or you could even shape it into a ring. 
  • Cut a few slits on top and bake your stromboli on a hot pizza stone, just like you would a pizza. 

Stromboli dough layered with pepperoni and cheese

DO NOT put any sauce on the stromboli! This is very important as traditionally the sauce is served on the side on purpose, to keep the stromboli from becoming soggy while baking. You can dip all you want afterwards, but no sauce inside the stromboli. Don’t say I didn’t tell you, okay ?! Grazia! 

To reheat any leftover stromboli just preheat your oven to 400”F with the pizza stone inside. Place the stromboli on a cookie sheet and in the oven for about 15 minutes until you can see the cheese is melting.

More Stromboli Ingredients Ideas:

Slices of stromboli filled with melting cheese and cold cuts

Slices of stromboli filled with melting cheese and cold cuts
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How to Make Stromboli

An easy, step by step guide on how two make Italian stromboli from scratch!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes


  • 1 batch Italian Pizza Dough
  • 2 lb cheese mozzarella, fontina, provolone, swiss or pepper jack
  • 2 c arrabiata sauce thick, homemade
  • 1/2 c fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • 1.5 lb cold cuts: pepperoni, ham, Italian salami etc


  • Make the Italian pizza dough according with these instructions.
  • Preheat your oven to 500”F with a pizza stone inside.
  • Sprinkle some flour on your kitchen counter and place one of the dough balls on top. Sprinkle with some more flour and using the palm of your hands press the dough down until flat. Shape it into a square.
  • Layer the dough with the pepperoni, salami, ham slices, or your favorite cold cuts slightly overlapping each other. Leave about 1/2 inch border. 
  • Sprinkle with the cheese on top and gently fold the dough into a log. Tuck the ends underneath and transfer to a pizza peel or cardboard sprinkled with some flour or semolina.
  • Use a sharp knife and make one inch slits on the top of your log for the steam to escape.
  • Gently transfer the stromboli to the preheated pizza stone and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown on top to your liking.
  • Remove from the oven and allow it to cool off for a few minutes for the cheese to set before slicing it.
  • Garnish with fresh basil and serve with the arrabbiata sauce on the side for dipping.


Calories: 943.57kcal
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 943.57kcal
Author: Florentina

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  1. 5 stars
    Great website and recipes. Question though. In the pizza crust recipe you don’t say what kind of flour to use. I lived in Sicily for 3 years and was taught to make pizza dough using 00 flour AND another flour, but don’t remember which. Can you please tell me what flour you use? Thank you,