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Monday, November 1, 2010

Italian Style Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are an easy comfort food that I happen to enjoy a great deal. I think they make a great dish for the coming (or already here for you readers up North) months. I actually do several types of stuffed peppers and this one is my take on my mother’s Italian style.

Italian Style Stuffed Bell Peppers

* Makes 4 peppers – serves 2 or 4 depending

- 4 large bell peppers, any color
- ½ cup diced onion
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 cups white rice, already cooked
- 2 ½ cups your favorite red pasta sauce, I like to use a chunky vegetable one
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Salt and pepper


1. Start by cutting tops off bell peppers and clean out inside seeds and ribbing. Clean with cold water and pat dry. Remove stem from the cut off tops and chop the tops up to add to the stuffing. (Please tell this made sense!)

2. Brown your ground beef in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add garlic, onions, and peppers when beef is almost thoroughly browned. Remove from pain when no longer pink, and drain away excess grease. Allow to cool.

3. In a large bowl combine: meat/pepper/onion/garlic, rice, Italian seasoning and 1.5 cups of the marinara sauce. Stir to combine thoroughly, season with salt and pepper, and then stuff each pepper with the mixture till full.

4. Pour the remaining 1 cup of sauce into an ovenproof dish and add peppers open side up. Top each pepper with ¼ cup of mozzarella.

5. Cover dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese has browned.

Thoughts: I used green and red peppers for my dish. Green because I prefer them and red because Brent can’t stand green peppers, but please use whatever color is your favorite!

I love how the peppers soften and develop their flavors while still staying intact for serving purposes. The mixture inside is moist and flavorful from the additional herbs we add as well as adding the onions and peppers. You can serve these with a side salad or some pasta on the side. Either way works great!


Brownieville Girl said...

I'm with Brent on the green pepper issue!!!

Love these stuffed peppers (well not the green one obviously!!!)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Mmmmm, it has been a while since I have had a stuffed pepper!! They are SO good!!! Yours looks fab!

Cassie said...

These look absolutely delicious! Pure comfort food!

CookiePie said...

That looks like a perfect dinner!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this looks so lovely... thank you for sharing this. have a nice weekend.

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