Introduction: [Collegiate Meals] Stromboli

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I take pride in my ramen Noodle flux. Not one ramen noodle has passed through me for over two years and I have had maybe three bowls since starting college. I think we can forgive some naiive choices as a freshmen :)

My budget, is still the same. So I have been forced to compromise with some of my most favorite recipes. Finding cheaper alternatives, substitute recipes and at one time I had to come up with alternative cooking methods (brownies from scratch in the microwave? Absolutely!).

Stromboli, unlike pizza and calzone, is a sauce less roll filled with mozzarella and vegetables or meat (or both).

This makes a perfect side or appetizer to the romantic dinner you're planning for your girl/boy friend (perhaps go for higher quality ingredients). Plus, you can giggle while saying stromboli because it's just so much fun to say :)

Step 1: Ingredients and Cost

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Pre-made Pizza dough: $1.44
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: $1.50
Sliced Pepperoni: $2.36
Pizza Sauce: $0.88

Gross: $6.18

We will have leftover

5/8 a package of cheese
3/4 a package of pepperoni
5/8 a jar of sauce

So my net cost is: $2.92 and we are feeding two people, or one person for two meals. It doesn't compete with twelve cent ramen, but it's more healthy (through variety etc.), more flavorful and contains no MSG (unless you really wanted to add some).

Step 2: Preparation (Set Oven to 400F)

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On a foil covered baking pan.

Unroll your dough and stretch for a thin crust type of pizza (but we're not making pizza).

Place pepperoni slices over the entire side leaving a half inch gap from the side. Keep in mind, you're not limited to a single filling. Sliced salami, thin sliced onions/tomatoes/peppers etc. Or go crazy with baked eggplant, leftover chicken Parmesan etc.

Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.

If you have a favorite seasoning, now is the time to add. I recommend fresh crushed basil (lemon basil from the hydroponic garden), roasted garlic, cumin or fennel and/or red pepper flakes. Pretty much, if you like it on pizza, try it in your stromboli.


Pinch the edges of the roll and place in the center of your baking pan.

Coat the top of the roll with cooking spray (or light cooking oil or egg white). Now sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and salt/pepper to taste...

With a sharp knife, make diagonal slashes on the surface of your roll. This will keep large bubbles from forming and in general, keep a nice shape to the end product.

Step 3: Bake and Serve

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Place in your preheated 400 degree oven.

Set your timer for 12 minutes.

Clean up your workspace and pour a small amount of sauce into a microwave safe bowl.

I season my sauce with dried basil, garlic powder and salt.

When the timer goes off - place your sauce in the microwave for a minute or so.

Check the stromboli, it should be golden brown. If it is, remove it from the oven and place on a serving dish.

Serve my cutting on a diagonal. Eat with hands and dip into the sauce.

Step 4: Serving Suggestions

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I eat this as part of a meal (and sometimes the entire meal). It can be served with almost any dish.

This can also make a great alternative to junk food super bowl party food. Keep the bean dip away from your flatulence manufacturing friends ;)


diydonut (author)2014-09-30

At first I thought, glorified hot pocket, but man I was wrong, sooo wrong

MorNuN (author)2012-07-30

you can reduce costs to a minimum if you make your own dough, shred mozzarella, slice the peperoni and make the sauce.

and it may taste better.

airgunguy123 (author)2012-04-13

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i tried stramboli yesterday at a food court i loved it so im problably going to make my ooowwwnn.

marblemouth (author)2010-09-11

I grew up on Stromboli. It's always been one of my favorite meals. My family has always made it with three meats; pepperoni, salami and ham.

hippyland2 (author)2010-05-23

who cares about being "clean" from rammen for 2 years im gonna make mine with meatballs , cheese, peperoni, egg, parmasean cheese, and ramen. but maybe ill make the dough into a trough or bowl of some kind.
maybe a hollow ball with the ingredients in the ball.

Una (author)2010-05-14

This is so tomorrow night's dinner. May make homemade dough.

candijunkie421 (author)2010-02-05

i cant wait to try this! and im sure it will be a great left over user with left over meats and veggies just pop them in there for a little different flavor :)

FrozenStar (author)2009-12-26

square plates ftw :)

peptidefarmer (author)2009-07-29

I just made this for dinner tonight. I filled it with pepperoni, mozzarella, Parmesan, and some Italian seasoning, and used garlic and herb pasta sauce for dipping. It was very good. DW and DMIL both loved it.

kyannik (author)2009-07-19

I made this the other day and it was awesome. My only problem was that I found it was really easy to over stuff and so mine didn't end up looking as nice as yours. It was delicious though.

adio (author)2009-05-22

i never thought of this thanks for posting!

faikus (author)2009-04-23

I must have flipped and folded a pizza all possible ways, never thought of rolling it... Going to give this a try. Thanks for posting.

3frog (author)2009-04-19

What I did here, was make several bake them all then freeze them. My son takes them for his lunch. They don't take up much room in the freezer.

3frog (author)2009-04-16

Hey Great idea for Pizza night! Or when my son has a bunch of teens over to have a bonefire! i'll just make a bunch of these send them out to the group and aha! They will love it! Thanks for the GREAT idea!

Longchamp (author)2008-08-20

This turned out GREAT. I definitely recommend making this. Pro tip: Trader Joes has 1 pound bags of ready made pizza dough (not frozen) for $1. One bag is enough to make at least two strombolis, it brings the cost down a lot. They also have marinara for $1 or 1.25 or so.

chotii (author)Longchamp2009-01-11

I've been unhappy with TJ's dough. The gluten is so activated that I can never get it to roll or stretch and STAY rolled or stretched. My preferred, very thin and crackery, pizza dough uses 5/8 C water, +/- 2C flour, 1/2 Tblsp rapid-rise yeast, 1/4 tsp salt, and a bit of honey or sugar. Warm a large glass bowl, then put in your 5/8 C water, honey, and yeast. Let it begin to work. When the top is nicely frothy, add salt and flour. When it makes a cohesive dough ball, turn out onto floured surface and knead until satiny, adding flour as needed. Wash out the bowl, spray with Pam or otherwise oil the inside, plop your dough-ball into the bowl, cover with plastic, and let rise in a warm place. When doubled in side, turn out onto a floured surface. And here is the critical part: roll out NOW. Do not gather, re-knead, ball it up, or do anything that will activate the gluten, or you might as well be rolling out springs right back. Put fillings in as desired and cook as usual.

mollycule (author)chotii2009-02-10

Thanks for that recipe, I have all those ingredients, I might try it! I'll have to rummage my fridge for stuff to roll up in my stromboli! Totally appreciate your whole Collegiate Meals series :)

flio191 (author)2008-12-06

wow, looks good. sparks good new ideas in my brains.

ian7720 (author)2008-11-16

mines in the oven right now... I can't wait

zmatt (author)2008-10-21

your kitchen looks exactly like mine where do you live near ucf? I'm right next door to that grocery store wallmart on alafaya and mculloch

Frozenvision (author)2008-09-21

Wonderful recipe! I'll have to say, this made a great dinner tonight! I'm a fan of your "Collegiate meals" series, and I will hopefully get to taste each one! It was surprisingly quick and easy to make and clean up after. Excellent stuff!

nate121 (author)2008-08-27

very tasty. yum!

Grimmiman (author)2008-08-12

I made stromboli last night for dinner. It was great! I ended up using a higher quality dough (not from a tube) and it was hard as hell to make but tasted great! A definite fav

steelcut_oats (author)2008-07-31

i made this stromboli tonight for dinner and it was great...ill def. keep it in the files for future use!

Mr. Geek (author)2008-06-22

I love the Instructable and it looks great! but i need to say one thing, and I'm sorry if i come across mean. I know your proud of your rumen flux, but its not anything to be proud of, dont think of it as a heart attack in a wrapper, think of it as noodles, that can be cooked in 40 seconds! (yes, i have accomplished this) if you rip up some leftover turkey, add some vegetables, and some other seasoning then the sodium it comes with, its amazing! in fact the best meal i ever had, was a brisket ramen stew, you should really try it. - geek

BorisTheSpider (author)2008-05-30

Just a thought - you could probably do the same thing with the rolled croissant dough. It comes out as tiny triangles - you could make a bite-size version. Perhaps a bit more effort, but more of a finger-food. Good for snacking.

mstvartak (author)2008-05-30

creative use of those tasty pizza crusts in a can...going to try this right now actually. Thanks.

chewyslice (author)2008-05-23

I'm eating my freshly cooked stromboli as I write this. Unfortunately I couldn't find any pre-made pizza dough, so I had to make my own from scratch and it didn't spread out as thin as i would have liked. Still tastes great though. Excellent instructable.

Dalya (author)2008-04-06

This looks amazing :D The pizza dough is what makes this so easy. I'm not a "made from scratch baking" person. My mom gets annoyed when I can't find a measure cup or spoon for precise baking. "I DO IT BY HAND!! DSLDSJDSL" Thanks for this <3!

Yerboogieman (author)Dalya2008-05-22

i learned fractions from cooking

admiral001 (author)2008-04-06

great Instructable, I'm a big fan of the low cost easy to make meals. I'm going to try this.

shooby (author)2008-03-27

Nice job man, this looks really tasty, and a way better option than buying pre-made pizzas or other junk like that. I won't denounce ramen, since I eat it every day (without the package of msg of course), but it looks really good. I might try it with pizza dough made from scratch, to lower the cost. This will cut out the hardest part of making pizza dough, which is kneading it right before putting thetoppings on.

sinistlor (author)2008-02-08

I am eating one right now. It came out alright, though next time I will definitely make sure to pull the crush thinner before I roll it, and be less stingy with the ingredients. Overall, it is very delicious and I know I will nail the next one! Thank you for the tip!

Shifrin (author)2008-01-19

Yum! this looks great, but do you think one person can eat the whole thing? Because that thing is huge it is probably atleast a two person meal. Great Instructable! -Shifrin

graphak (author)2007-12-12

another thing you can do before putting it in the oven is slice the roll up into about 3/4 inch slices, then lay them flat on a cookie sheet and bake. Then you will have small things that look like cinnamon rolls but are what I call the original "pizza roll." I found it easier to put the sauce onto the dough before rolling it with this method though, but not too much or it can get sloppy.

Yerboogieman (author)2007-11-26

that looks good and i bet you can flatten out some of those biskets in the tube and use the same method for mini ones

Raachie (author)2007-11-24

I've been a member for no more than 5 minutes and I'm checking every single one of your instructables ,Trebuchet03. Haha. I'm sending these to the boyfriend who goes to UC Davis (California) and is constantly calling me from the grocery store to ask me for recipes. I never know what to tell him thats easy enough for even him to follow =x

its great recipe i enjoyed it great :)=) <--big chessy grin in a good way

audioelite (author)2007-10-14

i'm in college and i'm going to practically inhale it - i'm so hungry

BrookeLunnBourne (author)2007-10-13

I don't know where your prices come from, but would have found the number of ounces for each ingredient a bit more helpful. Please don't get me wrong -- this looks good -- in fact, I can see it being served with a green salad (prepared while stromboli bakes) but I prefer having a clear idea of all that's needed -- especially when working with a new recipe.

So the prices came from the reciept :p As for ounces.... The cheese was an 8 ounce bag (I can see that in the picture)... I had 5/8 of a bag leftover (estimated) - so I used about 3/8 of an 8 ounce bag... So that's about 3 ounces of cheese. The next time I have these ingredients - I'll post how many ounces were in each bag ;) This type of cooking isn't particularly exact -- you can have extra cheese or pepperoni and have an excellent finishing product.... Unlike baking, where extra water or oil or one less egg ruins the cake :p

Weather_blue (author)2007-09-19

:) Thank you for this recipe/instructable. Once I got the pizza dough beast tamed, my stromboli almost put itself together, it was so easy. And anything that my 3-year old asks for more of twice is a keeper. Good work. :D

CyberBill (author)2007-09-12

Great idea!!! I made these last night for my girlfriend and they came out pretty well! The dough on the inside of the roll didn't get completely cooked, so I guess it could have stayed in another few minutes. She also stuffed hers with a ton of stuff, so it came out a little flat and mishapen, but it tasted good!! :)

trebuchet03 (author)CyberBill2007-09-12

Awesome :)

Kaiven (author)2007-09-09

i'm 11 years old, and i REALLY want to make this, so my mom bought the ingredients and i'm making it for dinner tonight :D

Kaiven (author)2007-08-24

looks deliciuos!

nihilocrat (author)2007-08-15

Wow, I never actually thought of trying that out, and even having graduated and gotten a job that will pay for "real food", it still sounds like a good eat (especially if I fill it up with jalapenos). I'll have to try this out sometime soon.

OffDisplay (author)2007-08-12

Mine only ended up tasting like biscuits on the end where the crust got very well done. They did however end up MASSIVE since I couldn't help but put every thing I cut into it. But it still was wonderful; I don't think I'll need to eat breakfast in the morning!

iraqniphobia (author)2007-08-02

I made this and it ended up tasting like biscuits. =\

I'll try again. I think I cooked it at a higher temp, and just a bit longer.

ichipoodle (author)2007-07-04

Trebuchet, you are my hero!!! Yummy recipes, and on the cheap??? How good can you get? *air hug* note: i'm not gay, i'm just happy

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