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Microwave Calzone in a Mug - Did you know you could make this in the microwave?? it's a real game changer.

Microwave Calzone in a Mug

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Some of my favorite dishes come from a twist on the norm, for example a Pizza in a Mug. So I thought why wouldn’t everyone love a Microwave Calzone in a Mug?! It has the same cheesy doughy goodness of the Mug Pizza, just more of it. Although not a traditional Calzone, if you are a fan of dough, pizza sauce and cheese then you won’t complain when you try this. Now that’s a recipe for a good time.

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3.92 from 12 votes
Microwave Calzone in a Mug - Did you know you could make this in the microwave?? it's a real game changer.
Microwave Calzone in a Mug
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins

Enjoy a Microwave Calzone in minutes featuring warm dough, cheese and sauce with my easy Mug Recipe.

Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 Meal
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 8 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 4-5 tablespoons finely grated mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)
  • 2 min 30 second cook time
  1. In a microwave safe mug combine your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Once dry ingredients are combined add in the milk and oil and mix thoroughly until you have a smooth batter (if there are a few lumps, not to worry).
  3. In the center of the batter drop a spoonful of your tomato sauce, cheese, Italian seasonings and pepperoni. Pull the batter over the center to hide the calzone filling underneath the batter.
  4. Microwave for 1 minute and 50 seconds to 2 minutes and 10 seconds or until the top of the calzone is risen and firm to the touch (timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary) Garnish with parsley and tomato sauce if you’d like. Enjoy straight away!
Recipe Notes

Cooking time will vary greatly depending on your microwave and the width and depth of the mug. The mugs I use are small, roughly 6oz (¾ /1 cup)

Always keep a close eye on your mug while in the microwave so it doesn’t over flow or over cook.

⅛ teaspoon is simply a ½ of a ¼ teaspoon
1/16 teaspoon is simply a ¼ of a ¼ teaspoon



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  1. DeliDan on October 3, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Zoinks! I tried this recipe. twice to give it a chance. This is the first of Gemma’s recipes I’ve tried and I must say it was disappointing. The dough, “batter” in this case, was impossible to pull over the ingredients as instructed. I tried it again and left half the batter out, then put it on top after putting the final ingredients in. DO NOT “ENJOY THIS STRAIGHT AWAY”, as suggested. I tried and burned my mouth. So, I cleaned up everything and tried it again, still too hot.

    All in all, this “calzone in a mug” was nothing like a calzone, or even a pizza. Too much “dough” and sauce, and way too much prep and clean up time for something this unsatisfying. I make my own from scratch and they are not only much, much better, but they only take twice the effort and clean up time. I’d post the recipe, but that would probably be inappropriate on a cooking website that is not my own.

    Thanks for the effort anyway, Gemma. Keep trying.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 4, 2018 at 2:45 am

      Hi there,
      I am sorry you did not like this recipe Dan.
      This if course is never going to be like a baked pizza, which we do very well here too ( It is a way for people without the access to the equipment required to make the real thing can have a ‘taste’.
      You are free to post your recipe here, we would love to have it. We love input from other bold Bakers, it really helps to have the benefit of your knowledge. The exception to that is if you are promoting your own or another channel.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment, I do appreciate it,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. victoria Swanson on August 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Gemma, just found your page and i’m so excited to try all your recipes! Question, if i don’t have marinara sauce or pizza sauce – will pasta sauce work? Or are there any easy recipes for marinara? I have tomato paste lying around too! Can’t wait to try all of the mug meals. Such a good idea!

  3. Isobel on July 5, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Hi Gemma,this recipe tasted so good! I just wanted to know,how many calories are in this calzone. Thanks so much!

    • Gemma Stafford on July 6, 2018 at 3:48 am

      Hi Isobel,
      I have recently added nutritional information to the recipes, this comes out at 342 calories for the quantities described in the recipe.
      I am happy you liked this one!
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Jubilee on June 15, 2018 at 6:30 am

    We did not have much energy but wanted a quick meal. I accidentally put too much sauce in the middle of the calzone so we turned it into a pizza and it tasted AMAZING! Thanks so much. I used to have an egg allergy (still have nut/fish allergy) and I was never allowed to eat breads/doughs/cakes. Thanks for being so considerate of people with allergies!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 16, 2018 at 5:27 am

      Hi there,
      I am delighted you were able to have this lovely flavor to enjoy. Thank you for letting us know. Allergies are a real pain, for many people, great when you can get around them!
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Chantese on March 19, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I tried it today for dinner and it taste so good. The thing is when I put it in the microwave which is 1200 wattage, the cheese is on the top.

    • Gemma Stafford on March 20, 2018 at 2:56 am

      Hi there,
      I am not too sure what you mean! Is it that the cheese rises to the top through the cooking? If that is happening you need to ensure that the batter has been pulled over the filling before you start to bake, that is the secret.
      I am happy that you liked this recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Chantese on March 20, 2018 at 7:16 am

        Yes the cheese rise to the top through the cooking process. Thanks for the advice and I’ll try again

  6. Audrey on September 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Gemma, When i did this recipe you said 2 tablespoons of olive oil right? Well mine just tastes like olive oil not a calzone.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 17, 2017 at 4:45 am

      Hi Audrey,
      Yes, I did say two tablespoons of olive oil, and for me this works! You can reduce it if you wish.
      Do try it again, it is a good one,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. 2kasmom on August 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm


    I am a big fan of pizza calzones. Would the recipe be the same if I slipped in a few pieces of pepperoni slices? Mine are the thin kind from Hormel. I would do that or cooked sausage/celbasa. Will this change how long I cook it for?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 25, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      You can add that in no problem. It won’t make a difference to time or anything like that.

      Just throw it in there 🙂


      • Cookie007 on September 9, 2017 at 8:34 am

        Why haven’t I seen this yet? It’s now saved and perfect for being home alone. I’ll rate it when I’ve done it’

        • Gemma Stafford on September 10, 2017 at 5:53 am

          Thank you, i will appreciate that,
          Gemma 🙂

  8. Shannon on August 3, 2017 at 10:14 am

    A bit confused – not a cook. You list 8 tablespoons of flour and six tablespoons of milk. I am sure this will not all fit into one 6 oz mug, so how many mugs does this recipe make? Do you have the amount of each ingredient is needed for a single mug?


    • Gemma Stafford on August 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Shannon,

      this is the recipe for one mug. It should fit in there but feel free to use a bigger mug. I use an 8oz mug.

  9. AditiMoudgalya on June 8, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Dearest Gemma,

    You inspired to bake 🙂 I bought a microwavable mug specifically to try out your mug meals. I am a student and I sometimes watch your videos to help me relax during my study breaks.I loved your calzone recipe.Moreover I am a vegetarian and I love the consideration that you show towards yours veggie viewers. 🙂

    Thanks a lot,
    Love from India,
    Aditi 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on June 8, 2017 at 8:06 am

      I am so happy to read your message. Thank you so much for trying out my recipes. Stay tuned because I have lots more mug recipes to come :).

  10. Ali on April 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Hello Gemma,
    Thank you so much for the great recipes! Quick question: Would it make a major difference to use evaporated or condensed milk for this recipe?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 15, 2017 at 4:04 am

      Hi Ali,
      Condensed milk is super sweet! It will not condense without sugars.
      Evaporated milk will be ok, not my choice though. If it is what you have then go for it, it will be an experiment,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. Jordan Barkley on April 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Yet another AMAZING and easy mug recipe. I put all your recipes in my cookbook for when I get to college and need simple recipes. Thank you for coming up with these recipes!! (By the way, I’m 13, so just remember the work you do inspires people of all ages!!)

    • Jordan Barkley on April 2, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Just to clarify, it’s not a published book. It’s simply for home use 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on April 3, 2017 at 2:10 am

      Ah! that is great Jordan, it is a great idea, and this will be really useful for you.
      This is what my Mum always did, so now she has an amazing collection of recipes, for all occasions!
      Good luck with your studies too,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Ishika on March 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Hey gemma, I’m really inspired by your receipes and they are so simple please do share more recipes like these.

    • Gemma Stafford on March 30, 2017 at 2:18 am

      Hi Ishika,
      Yes, this I will do! lots of new recipes on the way,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. Mary! on March 22, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I love this recipe! I was home alone and had to make dinner, so I whipped this up in 5 minutes! It tastes amazing, and is so simple to make. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 23, 2017 at 4:41 am

      Hi Mary,
      that is great, well done you. We always have the making of a meal when we have pasta!
      Gemma 🙂

  14. Genami on March 8, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Love these recipes! How could you make a pie in a mug?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 8, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Haha! yes, that would be a challenge, leave it with me!
      Gemma 🙂

  15. Sachie on February 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Hello gemma! If I use a oven instead of a microwave, what would be the temperature and time?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 13, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Hi there,
      You can bake many of these recipes in the oven 180C/360F for about 20 mins. If I were doing this in the oven I would put it on tray, not in a mug,
      Gemma 🙂

  16. Swetha on February 12, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Hi gemma I love love love your cooking
    I learned cooking after watching your videos
    My little pie loves those recipes

  17. MirandaC. on February 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Gemma I have run out of all purpose flour so for now do you think cake flour would be a good substitute for this recipe? I have replaced all purpose flour with cake flour for many of your mug recipes in the past but I don’t know about a calzone…

    • Gemma Stafford on February 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Hi there,Cake flour should also be ok for this, it is certainly worth a try, I do not see why it will not work for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. Kate on February 6, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Hi quick question when u say tomato sauce is it like heinz ketchup, tomato paste or a pasta sauce? Sorry just a tad confused 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on February 7, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Hi Kate,
      Tomato passata/sieved tomato which is usually readily available. tomato puree or a purchased sauce is sometimes used, but not ketchup!
      I have a good tomato simple sauce recipe with the no knead pizza recipe, it is worth a look!

  19. serita on February 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

    what fun…just made it. Of course doesn’ t look as nice as yours but it is tasty and fast.

    • Gemma Stafford on February 6, 2017 at 1:15 am

      Hi Serita, That is the idea, fun really, but food too! Thank you for your kind words,
      Gemma 🙂

  20. Mimi on February 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I don’t have baking power so should I double the amount of baking soda

    • Gemma Stafford on February 4, 2017 at 2:14 am

      NO! If it is the other way around then yes. Take a look at my explanation on what these ingredient are, and do, in order to understand this.
      So, add a little of an acid ingredient, a touch of vinegar, or lemon juice, buttermilk, something to activate the soda,
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Diki Burns on February 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Gemma (I love your name), I new to mug cooking and I’m not sure what size mug to use. Like how many ounces should it be and does the shape of the mug make a difference? I’m excited to get started, i absolutely hate to cook so this sounds easier and fun. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and expertise.
    dikki d

    • Gemma Stafford on February 3, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Diki,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      Yes, the mug/cup size and shape does matter. This is because of the way microwaves cook. I use a 6 – 8oz cup/mug. This is not big.
      Wider is better than deep, this allows the heat to distribute in the food. a small cereal bowl can be good too!
      Do try one of the recipes, there are not lots of ingredients, single portions really, it is worth a shot! Do not over bake,
      Gemma 🙂

  22. Fran on February 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    in the 3rd instruction you mention adding in pepperoni yet it isn’t listed on the ingredient list.

    • Gemma Stafford on February 5, 2017 at 3:24 am

      Hi Fran,
      I have now added this to my ingredient list, thank you for bringing this to my attention,
      Gemma 🙂

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