Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Stuffed Peppers are a delicious and easy way to make a healthy weeknight meal that everyone will love! They use a few key ingredients to create a savory dish, and can be customized with whatever you have on hand.

Sausage-and-Peppers

The recipe I am sharing today is for our Italian Stuffed Peppers which combines mild Italian sausage  and other classic flavors like Oregano, Basil and Parmesan Cheese to create a mouth-watering pepper you will want to eat time and time again! We use rice in these stuffed peppers but we have also done them with quinoa and couscous to change it up a bit. Either way, it is the perfect comfort food to whip up with the cooler days ahead.

Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 medium Bell Peppers (assorted colors)
  • 1/2 large Onion, diced
  • 3 links Italian Sausage, casing removed (can use mild or hot)
  • 1 c White or Basmati Rice
  • 1c Strained Tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp each dried Parsley and Basil (if you have fresh that is good too!)
  • 1/4 c shredded Parmesan Cheese (+more for topping)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

    Step 1: Prepping your Peppers
  1. Wash peppers and, using a sharp knife, cut off the tops (about 1/2")
  2. Remove the seeds and membrane of the pepper using a small paring knife, being careful not to puncture the pepper itself (if you do that is OK your rice will prevent too much stuffing from seeping out)
  3. Dice up your pepper tops (not including the stems)!
  4. Step 2
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F
  6. Cook rice according to package and set aside
  7. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil a medium pan and add in diced peppers and onions and saute for 2 mins
  8. Add in Sausage and spices and cook until browned (about 5 mins)
  9. Add your strained tomatoes and simmer for 3 mins, stir in parmesan, salt and pepper and remove from heat
  10. Assembling your Stuffed Peppers
  11. Place empty peppers in a shallow dish, try to keep them close together so they don't fall over in the oven
  12. Start by stuffing them with rice until they are about 3/4 full
  13. Fill the remaining portion of your pepper with your sausage mixture
  14. Top with grated parmesan
  15. Cover with foil and cook in oven for 25 mins
  16. Remove foil and cook for another 5 mins

Notes

If you like your peppers a little softer you can steam them for 3 minutes in the microwave first before assembling. Simply place them top down on a plate and cover loosely with plastic wrap, cook for 3 mins and then go on to stuffing!!

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How easy is that?! I always seem to have some of the stuffing left over too, it is great for adding to pasta sauce later in the week (if you can make it last that long). Though often I find myself eating spoonfuls while I wait for my peppers to come out of the oven! I mean just look at how tasty it is…

Italian Stuffed Peppers

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21 thoughts on “Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

  1. Gloria Duggan says:

    Stuffed peppers are such a great dinner option. The presentation is great, and you can make lots and tuck some in the freezer for later down the road. The addition of sausage is great…I like hot Italian!!

    • oliveblogger says:

      Great point Gloria! It is always so helpful to have ready-to-go meals in the freezer!! The sausage really makes these ones great!

  2. Veena Azmanov says:

    Stuffed peppers is a huge family favorite in our home. I usually do ground meat but never tired Italian. Next time I’m going to try this one. Saving for later.

  3. Noel Lizotte says:

    We love stuffed peppers! I often cut the peppers in half, and make them like a bot for people with smaller appetites. I like Gloria’s suggestion about prepping and freezing some for late!

    • oliveblogger says:

      Yes Noel we generally eat half and then fill our plates with other veggies, though sometimes I can’t help but eat the whole thing ha!

  4. Marisa Franca says:

    We love stuffed peppers especially with spicy sausage. It’s such a great weeknight meal and everyone loves it! This dish is great to make ahead and just heat up when you’re ready to eat.

  5. Ledz says:

    This looks so yummy, I want to make this tomorrow. But tell me… does it serve alone as a meal? What are some good side dishes to go along with this?

    • oliveblogger says:

      They are perfect served as your main dish, because they have protein, rice and veggies you get everything you want in one delicious serving!! I love to serve ours with a simple green salad and sometimes a slice of garlic bread. Let us know what you think of them!

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