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This Italian stromboli recipe is a delicious take on the classic Italian dish that tastes incredible and looks like pizza rolled into an Italian sandwich. This easy-to-make recipe delivers authentic Italian flavors in a convenient roll, perfect for changing up your regular pizza nights.

An Italian stromboli filled with a delicious combination of ham and pepperoni rests on a rustic wooden cutting board.

Homemade stromboli is a flavor-packed pizza roll made with pizza dough, various Italian deli meats, cheeses, seasoning, and herbs.

If you’re a fan of this recipe, you’ll definitely want to check out my hot Italian sliders, pressed Italian picnic sandwiches, and Italian chicken pesto sandwich for more delicious Italian-inspired meals.

Overhead photo of homemade stromboli slices laying on a wood cutting board with a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping beside it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Classic Flavors: With Italian deli meats, cheeses, and a blend of herbs, this recipe captures the timeless Italian flavors in every bite.
Comfort Food: It brings all the flavors of pizza in a handheld form which is warm, comforting and perfect for any time of year.
Perfect for Sharing: Great for a family dinner, a casual dinner with friends or even as a party food. It’s great hot or at room temperature, so perfect for a buffet.

Italian stromboli rolls on a wooden cutting board.

Italian Stromboli Recipe Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

Pizza Dough: The base of our Stromboli, it provides a sturdy yet soft foundation for all the delicious fillings. You can use store-bought or make it at home.
Garlic: This will be mixed with the melted butter and brushed on the dough to add a rich garlic flavor.
Italian Seasoning: A classic blend of herbs like oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary, it infuses the dish with a rustic Italian flavor.
Ham, capicola, provolone cheese, salami (Genoa), prosciuttini: These are the fillings used but you could swap any of them for your favorite Italian deli meats and cheeses.
Marinara sauce: This is for dipping and adds a rich, tangy flavor to the stromboli. You could use pizza sauce if you prefer or even a pesto dip would be good.

Ingredients for an easy Italian stromboli laid out on a table. It uses pre-made pizza dough to make it an easy recipe.

How to Make Homemade Stromboli

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Roll out dough: Roll out the pizza dough then combine the melted butter with the garlic purée and brush that on the dough.
Add the fillings: Arrange the meat and cheese over the butter-brushed dough.
Roll it up: Tightly roll up the stromboli, then place it seam-side down on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Egg wash and seasoning: Brush the top and sides with egg wash. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning and garlic powder on top.
Bake the stromboli: Bake it for 20 minutes, then sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese and bake for another 10 minutes.
Serve the homemade stromboli: That’s it! Serve your stromboli with marinara sauce for dipping and garnish with chopped fresh herbs.

A homemade ham and cheese stromboli served on a plate.

Substitutions and Variations

Dough: If you don’t have pizza dough, you can use a gluten-free pizza dough or even a premade gluten-free flatbread as a substitute.
Meats and Cheeses: Feel free to mix and match the deli meats and cheeses to your preference. You can add in other Italian favorites like pepperoni or Italian sausage.
Spices: Try adding different spices to change up the flavor, such as chili flakes or oregano.
Garlic: If you don’t have garlic purée, you can use minced garlic or garlic powder.
Garnish and Sides: Consider experimenting with different herbs and sauces for garnishing and dipping. For example, you can use dried oregano instead of fresh basil, or try a spicy marinara sauce.

A plate with a slice of homemade stromboli and sauce on it.

Serving Suggestions

Main Dish: Stromboli can be a meal in itself, but if you’re serving it as part of a larger Italian feast, consider adding some other crowd-pleasers such as a chopped Italian sandwich or Italian penne rosa pasta.
Appetizer: If you’re serving homemade stromboli with pizza dough as an appetizer for a game day party, consider adding some other finger foods to your spread, like cheddar bacon scones or homemade mini pizza bagel bites.
Italian Desserts: To finish off your Italian meal on a sweet note, consider serving some traditional Italian desserts such as sweet Italian ricotta pie, tiramisu cheesecake mini trifles, or Nutellotti.

An easy homemade stromboli recipe with ham and cheese on a loaf of bread.

How to Store Homemade Pizza Stromboli

Store: Leftovers will keep for about 3 days, although the stromboli will lose its crispiness the next day, due to the moisture from the filling. You can reheat it in the oven to re-crisp the crust though.
Freeze: Freeze the stromboli in an airtight container and consume it within 2 months.
Thaw: To thaw, leave the frozen stromboli in the refrigerator overnight.

Homemade stromboli slices laying on a wood cutting board with a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping beside it.

Top Tips 

Choose Your Favorite Fillings: One of the great things about this easy homemade stromboli recipe is that you can customize it to your liking. Feel free to add in any of your favorite gluten-free pizza toppings to enhance the traditional Italian flavors.
Don’t Overfill: Be careful not to add too much meat and cheese. An over-stuffed stromboli not only makes it difficult to roll, but it can also lead to a soggy result and potential splitting during baking.
Proper Spacing: When laying out your deli meats and cheeses on the dough, make sure to leave a small border around the edges. This will make it easier to seal and will prevent any spilling during baking.

A close up of homemade stromboli.
A person is dipping a slice of bread into a bowl of tomato sauce while preparing an Easy Italian stromboli recipe.

Homemade Stromboli FAQs

What’s the difference between Calzone and Stromboli?

A traditional Italian stromboli and calzone are different dishes but similar. Stromboli is made with rolled up dough while calzone is a folded dough circle. Since both dishes have Italian meats and cheese inside, they’re pretty similar. It’s just the form that’s different. They are both easy recipes worth trying!

Why is it called a stromboli?

It’s named after the Italian island of Stromboli which is off Sicily’s north coast and famed for Mount Stromboli, an active volcano. The dish is said to resemble the volcano due to its eruption of hot, melted cheese when you take the first bite.

How do I keep my homemade stromboli from getting soggy?

Stromboli shouldn’t come out soggy unless you get carried away with how much meat and cheese you add. Add too much and you might get this issue. Also, an over-stuffed stromboli might split, so don’t add any more than a thin layer each of meat and cheese. Never add sauce inside the stromboli either, because this will definitely lead to a soggy result!

Can I make this keto-friendly?

Yes you can! In fact, since this dish is based on meat and cheese, the only ingredient you need to change is the pizza dough. Try this King Arthur keto wheat pizza crust mix instead of regular dough.

Can you make Italian stromboli recipe in advance?

Yes, you can. Prepare it up to 24 hours ahead and keep it wrapped in plastic wrap or an airtight container in the refrigerator, then just bake it the following day.

Homemade stromboli slices laying on a wood cutting board with a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping beside it.
Homemade stromboli slices laying on a wood cutting board with a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping beside it.

Homemade Stromboli Recipe

5 from 82 votes

Italian Stromboli Recipe

By: Bella Bucchiotti
This authentic Italian stromboli recipe really delivers on true Italian flavors. It tastes like pizza rolled into an Italian sandwich and it's a great way to change up pizza night. So try this easy Italian stromboli if you love deli meats, cheese and rich Italian flavours.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 9

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 Pounds pizza dough
  • 8 slices ham
  • 8 slices capicola
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 8 slices salami, Genoa
  • 8 slices prosciuttini
  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic, purée or minced
  • egg wash
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese

Garnish and sides

  • fresh basil, chopped
  • fresh parsley, chopped
  • marinara sauce, or pizza sauce

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly flour a wooden cutting board. Roll out the dough into a rectangle about 9×12”
  • Combine melted butter with garlic purée and whisk well.
  • Brush dough with melted butter.
  • Lay meat and cheese over the dough.
  • Tightly roll into a log. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  • Place into the oven on the bottom rack. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and dust with parmesan. Back into the oven for 10 minutes more.

Nutrition

Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 1744mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 409IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 1mg
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This easy Italian stromboli is really good. Boasting various Italian cheeses and meats, this homemade stromboli makes a change from pizza and it’s truly simple to prepare. You will love this homemade stromboli recipe because it combines all the delicious qualities we love in pizza, but stuffed in a warm dough pocket.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Tastes like heaven! It was a hit when I served this yesterday! Thanks for sharing this recipe! 😋

    1. I added that back in. It is 350 degrees F. It must have been deleted by mistake when I was making another update.

  2. 5 stars
    My son and I made this and had so much fun! He was thrilled, as was I. We’re going to make this again next weekend! Thanks for the tip on freezing. We’ll double it next time and freeze one!

  3. 5 stars
    This was amazing! It was like meaty cheesy bread all rolled up into a nice spiral! Dipped it into some marinara sauce and dinner was delish!

  4. 5 stars
    WOW! This Stromboli was delicious! It came out just like the one from my favorite pizza place (but for half the price)! Will be making it again!