Today we are sharing How to make Stuffed Bell Peppers. Do you enjoy eating stuffed peppers? It ticks all the boxes for dinner. The filling is easy to make, you can bake them in the oven and you can make so many variations. But, best of all they are delicious! Bonus, At the end of the post, find more recipes with bell peppers that you can make. Make this stuffed bell peppers recipe!
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Stuffed Bell Peppers
This recipe for bell peppers can be made vegetarian by omitting the lean ground beef. Use our pasta sauce recipe below and add mushrooms. Or just use tomato sauce.
How To Make Stuffed Bell Peppers
- 4 Bell Peppers – Pick out the wide ones, a bit bigger. (Green or Red)
- Tomato sauce (or) 1 Jar of Pasta Sauce
- Italian Parsely
- Italian Spices
- Red Pepper Flakes optional
- 1-1/2 lb. Ground Beef (lean)
If you don’t have time to make homemade tomato sauce, you can use a premade pasta sauce (jar sauce) to make this recipe. Get it on the table even faster! We love this (Pasta sauce – it’s spicy) or this (Pasta sauce) that isn’t spicy. Until I share my new pasta sauce recipe, you can use this easy homemade 30 minute pasta sauce recipe. You can use it as is or omit the zucchini that is in the sauce. Or use your favorite recipe for the sauce.
- Pre-make your rice according to the package directions. Set aside until needed. (for up to 4 stuffed bell peppers – use about 1-2 cups cooked rice)
- Pre-make your pasta sauce or use store-bought. If you are using store-bought one jar will be plenty.
- Wash, Cut and remove the seeds, and veins inside of the bell peppers.
- If you are using ground beef, add it to the pan with minced garlic, chopped peppers (the tops or other bell peppers), and peeled, chopped onion. Add salt, pepper and cook on a medium/low heat. (Prior to adding sauce!)
- Then add your pasta sauce to the cooked ground beef, plus 1 tsp. Italian spices, plus 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (or store-bought sauce) and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Prepare your baking dish by spraying with a non-stick spray and adding sauce to the bottom.
- Mix in a bowl – rice, pasta sauce (with or without ground beef). Add this a little at a time to get a bowl of saucy rice but not overly saucy about 60-40 ratio rice-sauce.
- Stuff the peppers and add them into your prepared baking dish.
- Add sauce to the top of the stuffed peppers.
- Bake in the oven on 350 until hot and peppers are able to be forked into. About 30 minutes. (See notes)
- When peppers are done, (by forking into them and they are soft) add sprinkled Parmesan cheese and chopped Italian Parsely for garnish.
- If you want your bell pepper really cooked through you can pre-cook them in the oven a bit before stuffing to cut down the cooking time. Pre-spray your dish and place the prepared bell peppers in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- You can use red, green or yellow bell peppers. My favorite is red, but, Mr. loves green, so I make it both ways.
- You can omit the Parmesan cheese and use shredded Mozzarella cheese. Add the shredded cheese to the stuffed bell peppers in tomato sauce 10 minutes prior to the finished cooking time to melt it.
Enjoy your stuffed bell peppers any night of the week! This makes healthy stuffed bell peppers, they are so good and easy to make. If your kids don’t like stuffed bell peppers you can always make this recipe – The Best Meatloaf – it has bell peppers in it and other good things all hidden in the recipe.
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Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe
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If you like these bell pepper recipes
- Mexican Stuffed Peppers
- Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers
- Roasted Bell Peppers in Olive Oil
- Savory Stuffed Bell Peppers (an old recipe of ours stuffed peppers with sausage and peppers)
- Sausage and Peppers
- The Best Meatloaf(with bell peppers)