How To Make Stromboli (Recipe)
How To Make Stromboli – This step-by-step easy recipe makes the best Stromboli! Homemade Stromboli has a perfectly yeasty crust that’s stuffed with cheesy goodness and your favorite pizza ingredients.
My Love Affair with Stromboli
Let me tell you about my first experience with Stromboli, that magical pizza-like savory pastry stuffed with gooey, molten cheese and zesty, fragrant tomato sauce.
It seems so long ago now, but I remember it as if it were yesterday…
The brisk wind whipped leaves around my ankles as I pushed open the door of a small Italian cafe. The aromas of garlic and yeast mingled with sugar and coffee, brought on a strange sensation of both exhilaration and ease.
I swept my disheveled 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.
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.
What is Stromboli?
Stromboli is basically an Italian rolled bread loaf that is slathered with tomato sauce and filled with cheese, cold cuts and/or vegetables. The dough is usually a pizza dough, and when sliced the ingredients are revealed inside as an enticingly lovely pinwheel.
This dish is fully customizable, kinda like your favorite pizza toppings; but today I’ll be sharing what is IMO the BEST version, a Classic Italian Stromboli Recipe.
What Ingredients Are In Our Homemade Stromboli Recipe
This easy Stromboli recipe makes a large golden loaf that is perfect to take on picnics or to a party.
When sliced, the yummy swirling pieces reveal a little bit of “everything wonderful” inside.
Here are the ingredients you need:
- Pizza Dough – This envelops all the other ingredients in a pillowy swirl, and basically makes it easier for you to eat it all. You can use pre-made store bough dough, or try our recipe for How to Make Pizza Dough From Scratch!
- Italian Sausage – Already cooked and crumbled this will help fill you up. This recipe is a great way to use extra sausage from your weekly meal prep.
- Artichoke Hearts – Tender and tangy, make sure to thoroughly drain these before filling the dough with them.
- Basil Leaves – Slightly sweet, slightly peppery. This is a classic addition to Italian dishes.
- Green Olives – If green olives aren’t your thing, you can always use black olives. No judgement!
- Mozzarella Cheese – Molten cheese is absolutely necessary for this comforting dish.
- Marinara – Zesty tomato sauce to help flavor it all. Make it homemade or use from a jar. It can also be used on the side for dipping the Stromboli.
How To Make Homemade Stromboli Like A Pro
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the pizza dough on a piece of parchment paper and 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.
Easy enough, right?
Easy Stromboli Recipe Leftovers & Freezer Tips
Our Classic Stromboli Recipe is a fabulous party snack or mid-week meal.
In the case that you do have leftovers, wrap the loaf tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate. This dish can stay good for up to a week.
Or you could freeze the whole thing by placing it in a freezer bag. This method lasts for up to 6 months! Thaw in the fridge before warming.
To warm it up you can either microwave it or wrap it in tin foil and put it in the oven for a couple of minutes.
Get the Complete (Printable) How to Make Stromboli Recipe Below. Enjoy!
Looking for More Easy Italian Recipes?
- The Best Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
- Pappa al Pomodoro; Homemade Tomato Soup
- Zesty Italian Burgers
- Healthy Italian Wedding Soup
- Favorite Sausage Lasagna
- Ricotta Stuffed Shells
How To Make Stromboli (Recipe)
- 1 pound pizza dough, buy or make from scratch
- 1 jar marinara (16 ounces)
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 3/4 cup artichoke hearts, drained and separated
- 1/2 cup chopped green olives (pitted)
- 1/2 pound cooked Italian sausage, crumbled
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tablespoon 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.
- Place the parchment paper on a baking sheet and set the loaf in the middle. 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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Very flavorful and delicious! Everyone really enjoyed it! Thank you
I am printing and making this weekend! I know everyone will LOVE it! Thanks for the recipe.
We LOVE stromboli at our house and this is such a great version. I love the artichoke hearts in this.
Stromboli is my FAV & this looks absolutely incredible! I can’t wait to try your recipe!
Love this! I can’t believe how easy it was. I swapped the green olives for black and added some canned mushrooms. So good! Next time trying a veggie version!
Hi there, I amusing rhodes frozen bread dough. I left it in fridge overnight but am wondering if it needs rising time? Or can I roll it out top it and throw in the oven? Thanks, Becky
I would make sure the dough is at least at room temperature before it goes in the oven.
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WOW…. We love this have made it several times WOW WONDERFUL !!!!
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YUM!! I have some artichokes to use up!
I’ve got to make one of these!
Yum! I love stromboli, but I’ve never actually made it at home!
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!
Helllloo Stromboli!! I just decided that this should be my breakfast, gracious.
Looks amazing…love the different veggies you added. Most my strombolis are meat and cheese only…lol
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.
That marinara looks good enough to eat straight off the spoon! Although I do enjoy a good stromboli as well…
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!!
That stromboli looks absolutely delicious! Have a great weekend :)
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!
O.M.G. I’m ’bout to climb on in that.
I haven’t made stromboli in forever…so good! Your version sounds delicious!!
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!
This looks fantastic, Sommer. Love all your filling ingredients too!
This is wonderful comfort food all year long!
I love stromboli!
I love stromboli but have never tried making it at home! Can’t wait! :)
Simply beautiful Sommer – my kids would love one of these!
This looks delicious. I love stromboli! I really enjoyed the way you told a story to show how you discovered it. Lovely imagery.
I wish I had a slice of this right now for lunch. Yum!
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!
This looks wonderful and I know my boys would eat it up!
Stromboli used to be my grandfather’s favorite ~ yours looks amazing!
Mmmm…I LOVE stromboli! This looks delicious!!
I’m not sure if I’ve ever had stromboli. It looks wonderful!
Oh Sommer, I’m craving this for breakfast! Yum!
wow this looks too good. I have not made a stromboli in years! Great idea
I love love love strombolis . They are so easy and you can make them a million different ways!
That looks DIVINE!!! I never thought to use the peppers in stromboli. As always, your photos are gorgeous. :-)
Must. Eat. Tonight. (and not allow my fat thumbs to ruin comments!)
That’s a gorgeous stromboli, Sommer. So perfect looking!
Wow, I love how easy and customizable this is! Although I think I’ll stick with your amazing topping choices :)