Classic Stromboli with Artichokes, Olives and Red Pepper Marinara

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Italian Stromboli is the mother of all comfort dishes. Bold and cheesy with a yeasty crust. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make stromboli, this stromboli recipe is the perfect place to start!

The brisk wind whipped leaves around my ankles as I pushed open the door of a small Italian cafe. Inside the aromas of garlic and yeast mingled with sugar and coffee, brought on a strange sensation of both exhilaration and ease.

I swept my disshoveld hair out of my face, sat down at a table, and focused on the deli case. What would it be today? Panini? A cannoli?  Thumbprint cookies maybe?

Then I saw something that captured my attention. A loaf, of sorts, obviously stuffed with filling. But this was no pastry or hand pie. This was enormous and inviting with a hearty crust. Just the kind of thing to nosh on a chilly day.

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I walked up to the counter and waited my turn. When asked what I would like to order I answered, “May I ask what that is?”


“What is inside of it?”

“Everrrrything wonderful” she replied.

That was all I needed to know. I bought the entire Stromboli loaf, ate two warm slices there in the cafe, then took the rest home to share with my roommates. Thus begun my love-affair with Stromboli.

Italian Stromboil with Sausage, Artichokes, Olives and Red Pepper Marinara @

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be 20 degrees outside to enjoy a hearty Italian Stromboli. This stromboli recipe makes  a large golden loaf that is perfect to take on picnics or to a party.

When sliced, the lovely swirling pieces relieve a little bit of “everything wonderful”:  Italian sausage, artichoke hearts, tender basil leaves, green olives, molten cheese, and a new-found favorite… Rose Romano’s Red Pepper Marinara.

Rose Romano’s Italian Gourmet Toppings are the creation of Dr. Marshall Angotti, son of Rose Romano Angotti. Marshall’s family immigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s and has been in the pepper industry for generations.

Marshall pursued dentistry and has had a marvelous career. Yet his love of cooking and his family roots, have brought him to this new adventure, producing remarkable gourmet toppings with bell peppers.

Rose Romano’s Italian Gourmet Toppings currently offers two varieties, Marinara with Red Bell Peppers and Marinara with Green Bell Peppers. The red pepper topping is sweet and tangy, while the green pepper topping is slightly more acidic and earthy. Both gourmet toppings are low-calorie, gluten free and locally sourced. is filled with tantalizing recipes that you can make in minutes. Although you can’t buy their Italian Gourmet Toppings in your grocery store just yet, you can sign up for their newsletter so you’ll know when they are available.

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The Marinara with Red Peppers was a brilliant addition to my favorite stromboli recipe. The sweet red pepper flavor blended perfectly with the briny olives and artichokes to make this beloved loaf even better.

How to make Stromboli:

  • Roll out the dough on a piece of parchment paper, into a 11 X 15 inch rectangle.
  • Layer the dough with toppings.
  • Then gently roll into a log with the seam facing down.
  • Brush with melted butter and bake!
  • Easy enough, right?

Stromboli How To-s @


Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Stromboli Recipe

Italian Stromboli loaf with artichokes, olives, sausage, and Red Pepper Marinara.


1 lb. pizza dough (buy or make from scratch)
1 - 16 oz. jar Rose Romano's Marinara with Red Peppers
1 bunch fresh basil
3/4 cup artichoke heart pieces
1/2 cup chopped green olives
1/2 lb. cooked Italian sausage, crumbled
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Tb. melted butter
Cracked black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Roll out the pizza dough on a piece of parchment paper, into an 11 X 15 inch rectangle.

Spread 1/2 cup marinara over the dough, leaving a 2 inch border around all sides.

Top the marinara with fresh basil leaves. Layer the sausage, olives, artichokes and cheese over the basil leaves.

Then lifting the parchment paper, gently roll one short end toward the other short end, creating a log with the seam facing down.

Brush the loaf with melted butter, then sprinkle with pepper. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.

Allow the stromboli to rest 10 minutes before slicing.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rose Romano’s. All stories and opinions are my own. 

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37 Responses to “Classic Stromboli with Artichokes, Olives and Red Pepper Marinara”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 27, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    Wow, I love how easy and customizable this is! Although I think I’ll stick with your amazing topping choices :)


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    Carolyn — July 27, 2012 @ 4:44 am

    That’s a gorgeous stromboli, Sommer. So perfect looking!


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    Brie Collier — July 27, 2012 @ 4:56 am



    • Brie Collier — July 27th, 2012 @ 4:57 am

      Must. Eat. Tonight. (and not allow my fat thumbs to ruin comments!)


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    Jo-Lynne from Rose Romano's — July 27, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    That looks DIVINE!!! I never thought to use the peppers in stromboli. As always, your photos are gorgeous. :-)


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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — July 27, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    wow this looks too good. I have not made a stromboli in years! Great idea


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    Aggie — July 27, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    Oh Sommer, I’m craving this for breakfast! Yum!


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    Jen @ Savory SImple — July 27, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever had stromboli. It looks wonderful!


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    leslie — July 27, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    I love love love strombolis . They are so easy and you can make them a million different ways!


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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 27, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Mmmm…I LOVE stromboli! This looks delicious!!


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    marla — July 27, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    Stromboli used to be my grandfather’s favorite ~ yours looks amazing!


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    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — July 27, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    This looks wonderful and I know my boys would eat it up!


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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — July 27, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    you know, now that i look at this i don’t know if i have ever had a REAL stromboli…but it DOES look like everything wonderful is in there!


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    Kristen — July 27, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    I wish I had a slice of this right now for lunch. Yum!


  14. #
    FoodPorn — July 27, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    This looks delicious. I love stromboli! I really enjoyed the way you told a story to show how you discovered it. Lovely imagery.


  15. #
    Jeanette — July 27, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Simply beautiful Sommer – my kids would love one of these!


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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — July 27, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    I love stromboli but have never tried making it at home! Can’t wait! :)


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    Rina@Itheecook — July 27, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    I love stromboli!


  18. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 27, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    This looks fantastic, Sommer. Love all your filling ingredients too!


  19. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 27, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    This is wonderful comfort food all year long!


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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — July 27, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    It’s like a savory cinnamon roll….an inverted pizza…a slice of pure heaven! This looks awesome! I’ve never tried stomboli and didn’t really know what it was until just know. What a loaf of deliciousness!


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    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — July 28, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    I haven’t made stromboli in forever…so good! Your version sounds delicious!!


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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 28, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    O.M.G. I’m ’bout to climb on in that.


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    Chris — July 28, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    Great looking stromboli. I need to try making one again. The last time Alexis made it too long, not taking into consideration the size of the baking stone for her Big Green Egg. We ended up with a horseshoe shaped stromboli, ha ha. Still tasted good. Definitely need to add the artichoke hearts to ours, great idea! Have a great weekend!


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    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — July 28, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    That stromboli looks absolutely delicious! Have a great weekend :)

    Hugs <3


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — July 29, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    My family would put a crown on my head for this one, yum!! I’ve never made stromboli, but it always looks so delicious. I’m going to have to try it!!


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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — July 29, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

    That marinara looks good enough to eat straight off the spoon! Although I do enjoy a good stromboli as well…


  27. #
    Jenny — July 29, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good stromboli recipe for ages! I’d switch to vegetarian sausage, and I bet it would be just as delicious.


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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — July 30, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    Looks amazing…love the different veggies you added. Most my strombolis are meat and cheese only…lol


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    Tickled Red — July 30, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    Helllloo Stromboli!! I just decided that this should be my breakfast, gracious.


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    bake your day — July 30, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    I love stromboli. I have never heard of Rose Romano’s but I love roasted red peppers with tomato sauce, this is right up my alley Sommer!


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    meatballs & milkshakes — July 31, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    Yum! I love stromboli, but I’ve never actually made it at home!


  32. #
    Kathy - Panini Happy — August 3, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    I’ve got to make one of these!


  33. #
    BusyWorkingMama — August 8, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    YUM!! I have some artichokes to use up!


  34. #
    Jenna — January 14, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    WOW…. We love this have made it several times WOW WONDERFUL !!!!



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