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

  • 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


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!!