Classic Stromboli Recipe

Best Classic Stromboli RecipeOur Classic Stromboli Recipe is the mother of all comfort dishes. Bold and cheesy with a yeasty crust. 

Classic Stromboli Recipe

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.

Perfect Classic Stromboli Recipe

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.

Making Classic Stromboli Recipe

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be 20 degrees outside to enjoy a hearty Stromboli Recipe. This classic 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 zesty marinara.

How to Make Classic Stromboli Recipe

How to make our Classic Stromboli Recipe

  • 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?

How To: Classic Stromboli Recipe

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Our Classic Stromboli Recipe is a fabulous party snack or mid-week meal.

The Best Classic Stromboli Recipe

Classic Stromboli Recipe

Classic Stromboli Recipe

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Italian Stromboli loaf with artichokes, olives, sausage, and Red Pepper Marinara. Our Classic Stromboli Recipe is the mother of all comfort dishes.
Servings: 12 slices
Nutrition Facts
Classic Stromboli Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 910mg 38%
Potassium 242mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 10.4%
Vitamin C 8.6%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 11.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 pound pizza dough, buy or make from scratch
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (16 ounces)
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup artichoke heart pieces drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped green olives
  • 1/2 pound cooked Italian sausage crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • Cracked black pepper


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

  3. Top the marinara with fresh basil leaves. Layer the sausage, olives, artichokes and cheese over the basil leaves.
  4. Then lifting the parchment paper, gently roll one short end toward the other short end, creating a log with the seam facing down.
  5. 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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39 comments on “Classic Stromboli Recipe

  1. Beckyposted March 3, 2019 at 2:02 pm Reply

    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

    • Sommer Collierposted March 7, 2019 at 3:48 pm Reply

      Hi Becky,

      I would make sure the dough is at least at room temperature before it goes in the oven.

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  3. Jennaposted January 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm Reply

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

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  5. BusyWorkingMamaposted August 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm Reply

    YUM!! I have some artichokes to use up!

  6. Kathy - Panini Happyposted August 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm Reply

    I’ve got to make one of these!

  7. meatballs & milkshakesposted July 31, 2012 at 10:44 am Reply

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

  8. bake your dayposted July 30, 2012 at 8:30 am Reply

    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!

  9. Tickled Redposted July 30, 2012 at 6:19 am Reply

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

  10. [email protected] Food Ramblingsposted July 30, 2012 at 6:18 am Reply

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

  11. Jennyposted July 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm Reply

    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.

  12. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted July 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm Reply

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

  13. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted July 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm Reply

    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!!

  14. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted July 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm Reply

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

    Hugs <3

  15. Chrisposted July 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm Reply

    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!

  16. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted July 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm Reply

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

  17. [email protected] Eats Girlposted July 28, 2012 at 11:41 am Reply

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

  18. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted July 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm Reply

    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!

  19. [email protected]posted July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm Reply

    This is wonderful comfort food all year long!

  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted July 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm Reply

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

  21. [email protected]posted July 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm Reply

    I love stromboli!

  22. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted July 27, 2012 at 11:07 am Reply

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

  23. Jeanetteposted July 27, 2012 at 10:53 am Reply

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

  24. FoodPornposted July 27, 2012 at 10:34 am Reply

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

  25. Kristenposted July 27, 2012 at 10:27 am Reply

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

  26. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted July 27, 2012 at 9:32 am Reply

    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!

  27. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted July 27, 2012 at 8:31 am Reply

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

  28. marlaposted July 27, 2012 at 7:31 am Reply

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

  29. Ali @ Gimme Some Ovenposted July 27, 2012 at 7:27 am Reply

    Mmmm…I LOVE stromboli! This looks delicious!!

  30. leslieposted July 27, 2012 at 7:23 am Reply

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

  31. Jen @ Savory SImpleposted July 27, 2012 at 6:42 am Reply

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

  32. Aggieposted July 27, 2012 at 6:42 am Reply

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

  33. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted July 27, 2012 at 6:32 am Reply

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

  34. Jo-Lynne from Rose Romano'sposted July 27, 2012 at 5:21 am Reply

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

  35. Brie Collierposted July 27, 2012 at 4:56 am Reply


    • Brie Collierposted July 27, 2012 at 4:57 am Reply

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

  36. Carolynposted July 27, 2012 at 4:44 am Reply

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

  37. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted July 27, 2012 at 12:50 am Reply

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