Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers

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Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers have a tasty filling made with rice, diced tomatoes, Italian sausage and lots of seasonings. Topped with Italian cheese blend for even more flavor.

Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers on a baking sheet.

 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ITALIAN SAUSAGE STUFFED PEPPERS:

  • They are the perfect mix of protein, carbs, and veggies, plus some cheese and can be a meal in one. Sometimes I like to add a side salad and some Pepperoncini Garlic Bread.
  • Leftovers reheat well and will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 4 days.
  • Can be prepped ahead of time and popped in the oven 30 minutes before suppertime, making this a great recipe for busy weeknight meals.
  • Totally Customizable. Use ground beef or turkey instead of sausage. Use any kind of cheese. Instead of white rice, use cauliflower rice to make them low carb. Serve with hot sauce to make them spicier.

A great meal to make when bell peppers are in season and inexpensive. Red, green, yellow, or orange bell peppers can be used.  The price of red, yellow, and orange peppers really comes down towards the end of summer.

Ingredients needed for this recipe.

 

Collage showing the major steps in this recipe.

THE MAIN STEPS IN THIS RECIPE:

  1. Cook the filling.
  2. Cut the peppers open and remove seeds and ribs.
  3. Stuff the peppers with filling.
  4. Top with cheese.
  5. Bake.

 

Six cooked stuffed peppers on baking sheet.

 

RECIPE TIPS:

The cooking time is a recommendation. Cook a little less if you want your peppers to still have some crunch. Cook longer if you like them to be completely soft.

I love the flavor of sweet Italian sausage combined with red pepper flakes and Cajun seasoning for some heat, but use hot sausage if you want even more spice.

One Italian Sausage Stuffed Pepper on a plate.

Be sure to try these Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Peppers and this Stuffed Pepper Soup.

Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers on a baking sheet.

Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers

Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: sausage, summer
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 316kcal
Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers have a tasty filling made with rice, diced tomatoes, Italian sausage and lots of seasonings. Topped with Italian cheese blend for even more flavor.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked long-grain rice
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Cook sausage and onion in a large nonstick skillet, breaking the sausage apart as it cooks.
  • When sausage is cooked, add garlic, Italian seasoning, cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes, chicken broth and rice. Cook for 1 minute and then remove from heat.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Cut bell peppers in half and remove and discard seeds and ribs.
  • Place pepper halves on prepared baking sheet. Fill with the filling.
    Sprinkle cheese on top.
  • Spray a piece of foil with cooking spray so the cheese won't stick. Cover the peppers with it.
    Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and broil until cheese is bubbly.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.

Notes

If you like your peppers to be completely soft, you may need to cook them a little longer than 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal

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