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.
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine Italian, Italian-American
Keyword Stuffed Peppers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 Large Peppers
Author Melissa ~ The Olive Blogger


  • 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


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)!

Cook the Rice and Filling

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

Assembling your Stuffed Peppers

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

Recipe 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!!