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

Stuffed Peppers are a healthy and delicious 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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: Italian, Italian-American
Keyword: Stuffed Peppers
Servings: 5 Large Peppers
Author: Melissa ~ The Olive Blogger

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
  • 1 c 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

Prepping your Peppers

  • Wash peppers and, using a sharp knife, cut off the tops (about 1/2")
  • 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)
  • Dice up your pepper tops (not including the stems)!

Cook the Rice and Filling

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Cook rice according to package and set aside
  • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil a medium pan and add in diced peppers and onions and saute for 2 mins
  • Add in Sausage and spices and cook until browned (about 5 mins)
  • Add your strained tomatoes and simmer for 3 mins, stir in parmesan, salt and pepper and remove from heat

Assembling your Stuffed Peppers

  • Place empty peppers in a shallow dish, try to keep them close together so they don't fall over in the oven
  • Start by stuffing them with rice until they are about 3/4 full
  • Fill the remaining portion of your pepper with your sausage mixture
  • Top with grated parmesan

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!!

 

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

Italian Stuffed Peppers – an easy and delicious weeknight meal the whole family will love!
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Stuffed Peppers Italian Style

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Easy Mothers Day Brunch Round-Up

With only a week to go until we celebrate all the moms out there I thought it would be a perfect time to round-up some of my favourite dishes, drinks and sweets from fellow bloggers to make it the best Mothers Day Brunch yet! There is something for every mom on the list, and some of them can even be assembled the night before which leaves more time for morning snuggles! Get your shopping list ready and be prepared to receive extra kisses from mom!

 

BErries n Cream French Toast Casserole: garden in the kitchen

This gorgeous casserole uses fresh berries and cream cheese and is the perfect way to show mom just how sweet you think she is!

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POTATO, BACON AND EGG SHEET PAN BREAKFAST: DELICIOUS ON A DIME

This hearty breakfast is easy to make and even easier to clean up! It combines crispy potatoes, cheesy eggs and smoky bacon and uses only one pan!

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4 INGREDIENT ORANGE JULIUS COCKTAIL: STRENGTH AND SUNSHINE 

This simple to make frozen cocktail is a nice change from the classic mimosa we all think to serve mom for her special day.

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eggs benedict with artichoke and roasted red pepper hollindase: food meanderings 

A gourmet take on the classic, this is a grown-up eggs benny with some incredible flavours, don’t fooled though it is still super easy to pull together!

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 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE LEMON CURD PARFAIT: THE RISING SPOON 

This fresh and tangy parfait uses simple ingredients and is super easy to make, and just look at how pretty it is!

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CRACKER BARREL HASHBROWN CASSEROLE: CINCY SHOPPER 

This is one of the dishes you can make ahead of time and pop in the oven on Sunday morning, it is full of cheesy goodness and will impress everyone in the family not just mom!

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sparkling unicorn drink: the olive blogger

This drink is so yummy you will want to make a 2nd! A simple 3 ingredient cocktail (you can make it a mocktail if you wish!) that is a beautiful as it is tasty.

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 huevos rancheros breakfast casserole: taste and see

This casserole has it all! It is loaded with Mexican flavours and full of fiber, a perfect start to your Mothers Day Brunch!

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raspberry cheesecake swirl bread: savings dollars and sense

This sweet treat uses a sugar cookie dough base to create an easy make ahead “bread” you can serve with a nice cuppa tea.

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ULTIMATE CAESAR COCKTAIL: GIRL HEART FOOD 

A 5 minute cocktail that is loaded with flavour! It is a vodka based drink that is finished off with yummy snack like foods, allowing you to get creative with what you use to top it.

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peach stuffed french toast: the olive blogger

If you haven’t tried our french toast yet now is the perfect time! It is perfectly sweet with a simple peach syrup and fresh peaches stuffed inside of a thick piece of your favourite bread.

French Toast on a colorful flowered plate with fresh peaches and walnuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

So are you ready to get cooking for your Mothers Day Brunch!? Be sure to tag us @theoliveblogger and #OliveYum on Instagram so we can see how you spoiled mom!

Easy Mothers Day Brunch Recipes - This round-up features everything you need to make sure mom has a special day! #MothersDay #BrunchRecipes #EasyBrunchIdeas

Easy Mothers Day Brunch Recipes – This round-up features everything you need to make sure mom has a special day! #MothersDay #BrunchRecipes #EasyBrunchIdeas

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Sausage and Cheese Grits Quiche – Coastal Kelder 

Strawberry Nutella Turnovers – Aileen Cooks 

Savory Breakfast Bread Pudding – The Kitchen is my Playground 

How to Make Easy Crepes

If you have ever wondered how to make crepes then look no further! This recipe is very simple, using just a few staple ingredients, and it makes enough to feed the whole family. You can enjoy these crepes for both breakfast and dinner and make them sweet or savory.

Making crepes doesn’t have to be the scary task that people think it is…I don’t know if it is the name (since it is so elegant sounding) or the fact that most of us have only ever had a crepe while out for breakfast or dessert, but let me tell you, they are SO easy to make and you will wonder how you went so long without whipping them up for your family!

These crepes use only a few ingredients (which I know you already have on hand!) and they make enough to feed the entire family. And guess what?! You DON’T need a fancy crepe pan to make them either (woohoo!) a regular non-stick frying pan does the trick perfectly!

Page and Photos last updated: January 20th, 2019

Single Crepe cooking in pan

variations for homemade crepes

savory crepe ideas
  • Broccoli, Cheddar Cheese and Caramelized Onions
  • Spinach, Ricotta and Crumbled Bacon
  • Eggs and Spinach
  • Eggs Benedict (complete with ham and hollindase sauce)
  • Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
sweet crepe ideas
  • Fresh Fruit with Whipped Cream and Nutella drizzle
  • Ice Cream (whatever flavor you prefer) with Nuts and assorted Chocolate pieces (candy bars!)
  • Peanut Butter and Jam
  • Vanilla Ice Cream with Peanut Butter drizzle and Bananas
  • Drizzled with Maple Syrup and sprinkle with Cinnamon

Check out our Chocolate Orange Crepe Cake for a delicious, show stopping dessert!

what are the ingredients to make crepes? 

As I mentioned earlier,  making crepes at home couldn’t be easier at they use ingredients that most of us already have on hand. You will want to make sure you have the following to make your crepes:

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt

How to Make Crepes

This recipe is very simple, using just a few staple ingredients, and it makes enough to feed the whole family. You can enjoy these crepes for both breakfast and dinner and make them sweet or savory.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Easy Crepes, Homemade Crepes, How to make Crepes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Melissa

Ingredients

  • 1.5 c Milk we use 1%, you can use what you prefer
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/4 c Butter melted and cooled
  • 1 c Flour AP
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Sweet Crepes

  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  • In a blender combine the milk, flour, sugar, salt, eggs and half of the butter and blend until smooth. If you don't have a blender you can use a stand mixer with whisk attachment. Let batter rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before using.
  • You can make the batter a day in advance and just transfer to a sealed container, keep it in the fridge until you are ready to make the crepes.
  • Heat a small nonstick pan over medium heat.
  • Using a silicone pastry brush lightly brush pan with some of the remaining melted butter.
  • Add batter using a ladle (about half full) and swirl the skillet so the batter completely covers the bottom.
  • Cook 2 to 3 minutes and then loosen the edge of the crepe with a rubber spatula, then with your fingertips, flip crepe and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • Slide the crepe out of the skillet and repeat with the remaining batter, coating the skillet with butter as you need (do not over butter or your crepes will fry and be oily)

We like both savory and sweet crepes, and this recipe can easily be adapted based on which you are making so don’t worry! As with most of my recipes, get creative and have fun with your toppings!! Take a look at some of our favorite toppings above for whatever cravings you may have.

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Crepes on a plate and crepe batter in blender

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Easy to Make Crepe Recipe! This recipe uses just a few ingredients and can be used for savory and sweet crepes! #EasyCrepes #CrepeRecipe #SweetCrepes #SavoryCrepes

We actually make double and freeze what we don’t use for easy, on-the-go breakfasts and dinners when we have no time (or just forgot to defrost the meat for the chili…again!). Be sure to do the same, and let me know your favorite flavor combination for your crepes! What are you waiting for?

Are you more of a pancake person? Not to worry! We have the BEST Fluffy Pancakes for you to enjoy as well!

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Incredibly easy homemade Cranberry Sauce that is bursting with flavor thanks to the added Amaretto which gives it a slight nutty aroma. It goes perfectly with your Thanksgiving turkey and makes a great hostess gift too!

If you have always wanted to try making your own Homemade Cranberry Sauce for the holidays but are terrified as to what it might entail…well here you go! A super EASY sauce that comes together in a few minutes with just a few simple ingredients. It is just as easy as opening a can of that molded jelly “sauce” you buy in the store and I promise you that the flavor is a thousand times better! And perhaps the best part? It uses frozen cranberries, which you can buy months in advance (Yay to no last minute grocery runs when you are trying to prep a meal for 20+ people!).

Cranberries

 

I love making my own sauce for a number of reasons. You can control the amount of sugar you put in it (if you want to do less sugar, add in some fresh orange juice) and you can really let your creative side shine too! In fact, we have quite the secret ingredient that goes into ours…which is always getting “ooooo” and “ahhhhh” from our family. Don’t worry, I will share it with you as well! Ready for the step-by-step on how to make this delicious Cranberry Sauce?

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The one thing that you NEED to have to make this sauce a success is a good potato masher for making sure your cranberries are fully mashed into the right consistency.

homemade cranberry sauce recipe 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A super EASY Homemade Cranberry Sauce that comes together in a few minutes with just a few simple ingredients, and the delicious addition of Amaretto for a nutty flavor compliment. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: dipping sauce, Holiday Meals, sauce
Cuisine: English, English-American
Keyword: Holiday Meals, Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Melissa

Ingredients

  • 4 c Frozen Cranberries you can use fresh if preferred
  • 1 c Sugar white granulated
  • 1 c Water
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 oz Amaretto almond liquor

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water over medium heat. Allow to boil and add in liquor. Cook for about 2 minutes to "burn" off the alcohol. Add in cranberries and cinnamon and continue to gently simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally to keep from burning.
  • Once cranberries begin to pop (about 5 minutes) you can gently mash and cook for another 3-5 minutes until the liquid dissolves and it begins to take on a jelly consistency.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool before transferring to a sealed container. Refrigerate until ready to use (we make ours 2 days in advance!).
tips and tricks for the perfect cranberry sauce
  • Taste it as you go! If you like it more tart cut back on your sugar, and opposite if you like it sweeter!
  • Make it at least a day in advance, this will allow the sauce to cool to a nice consistency and give the flavors time to get stronger.
  • To get the nice chunky consistency use a potato masher and gently mash the cranberries as they cook.
  • Prefer a smooth sauce? No problem, once cooled add to a food processor or blender for 10 seconds to puree to a smooth and delicious spreadable sauce.
  • Get creative! We add Amaretto (almond liquor) to our sauce, but we have also added orange juice and zest in the past. You can take a small amount and add in different combinations of ingredients to see what you like best.

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Homemade Bisquick Mix

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! In fact, I recommend making a double batch and keeping in sealed containers or mason jars so you always have some on hand!

Bisquick-Mix

I use it to make my delicious Garlic Cheddar Biscuits as well as anytime we want to make a Quiche! You can even use it when making waffles, pancakes, pot pies and more. It is less expensive than the store bought mix and comes together in no time…your welcome!

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! Use for biscuits, quiche, pot pies, pancakes and more!

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! Use for biscuits, quiche, pot pies, pancakes and more!

Homemade Bisquick Mix

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 6 Cups

Ingredients

  • 6 c Flour all purpose
  • 3 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 c Shortening Crisco

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients into a stand mixer and mix on low speed using the whisk attachment until it comes together.
  • It will look like flour with small pea-size pieces of coated shortening (that is perfect!)
  • Store in an airtight container or mason jars for up to 6 months (although I bet you will go through it faster!)

Notes

Use in place of any recipe that calls for Bisquick! We use it in biscuits, pancakes, waffles, pot pies, quiche etc!