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Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Updated on September 10, 2011

The Sweet and Mild Italian Stuffed Bell Pepper Dish Perfect for Dinner!

Pepper is a scary word. Hot pepper, jalapeno pepper, chipotle pepper...all hot and spicy. Don't let the bell pepper deceive you; it's mild, not hot at all, can be sweet, and full of fresh garden flavor.

This vegetable can be used various in dishes from pizza to stuffing, tuna salad to veggie dip, and has a number of different varities that all taste slightly different. Whichever type of pepper you use, they'll all make an excellent Italian stuffed bell pepper, but green and red are the most popular. Read on to find the ingredients and directions for this tasty recipe!

Buy your bell peppers local for the freshest flavor and to support the farming community near you!

Buy your bell peppers local for the freshest flavor and to support the farming community near you!
Buy your bell peppers local for the freshest flavor and to support the farming community near you!

Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers

How to make the classic stuffing filled bell peppers!

Stuffed Peppers are incredibly easy, and you can fill them with a number of different fillings to change it up. Some people prefer ground sirloin and cheese, while some use risotto or rice. This version uses spiced stuffing, which goes great with Italian dishes.

Ingredients for Stuffed Peppers

* 4 whole bell peppers, washed

* 4-6 celery stalks, cleaned and sliced into small pieces

* 1 can diced Italian style tomatoes, or two whole fresh tomatoes diced

* 1 teaspoon dried basil

* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1/2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic (add the fresh version in with the veggie mixture below)

* 2 tbsp. olive oil

* 1/4 cup water

* 1/2 cup fresh sliced white mushrooms (optional)

* 1/8 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper


1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the stuffing by placing the olive oil, water, celery and mushrooms in a pan and cook to a boil. Add more water if the veggies absorb the water. Drain the canned diced tomatoes (or fresh tomatoes). Remove as much water as possible. Heat the tomatoes with the mixture for 5 minutes on low to soften the tomatoes.

2. While the water is boiling, cut the top of the bell pepper off (just the very top) once cleaned. Hollow the inside of the pepper, remove any seeds, and try to remove as much of the white pulp on the inside. Rinse the pepper and turn upside down to get the water to drain out.

3. Once the water has boiled, add the spices to the mixture and simmer for 30 seconds to let the spices rehydrate.

4. Add the dry stuffing mix to the water remove from the heat. Fluff the stuffing with a fork. If the stuffing is too dry, add extra water a few tablespoons at a time. Use less water for crispy stuffing, more for a wetter stuffing consistency.

5. Add the stuffing to the hollowed peppers. Fill completely. Add shredded mozarella or fresh mozarella, along with your favorite red tomato sauce if desired, or just make them plain.

6. Place the peppers in a glass pan and heat in the oven for 15-20 minutes, just make sure the peppers are slightly soft when they come out of the oven. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Some people use a bed of risotto to make this dish a full meal, or just serve it as an appetizer.

Stuffed pepper picture by scorps1027 on Flickr.

Are bell peppers better stuffed with risotto or bread stuffing?



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      • miaponzo 6 years ago

        I personally prefer risotto or any other type of rice.. but I have never had the bread version, so I should try it!

      • papawu 8 years ago

        I've never really been big on traditional bread stuffing. I prefer cornbread stuffing during the holidays, but for this dish I would definitely go with the risotto.

      • cappuccino136 8 years ago

        I grew up eating them stuffed with rice and ground beef stuffing with some tomato sauce. Risotto is closer to that than bread stuffing. I like risotto a lot, too.

      • MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

        Actually, I would use brown rice...or oatmeal. Wheat is to be avoided and the other is so delicious!

      • hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass


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      Woops! Bell peppers aren't vegetables!

      Bell peppers are technically fruit. But don't worry, everyone still uses them just like vegetables (and they taste like a veggie, too).

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      How to Prepare Bell Peppers

      Easy instructions on how to prepare this tasty pepper!

      Are you looking to do something else with your peppers? Use these tips to prepare some fresh peppers!

      • Thoroughly wash the bell pepper with fruit and vegetable wash using a vegetable scrub brush.
      • After cleaning, pierce the top of the pepper around the stem. Make an incision around the entire stem and remove the knife.
      • Pull up on the stem to remove the entire middle of the bell pepper. This should remove much of the pulpy interior and seeds.
      • To remove the rest of the interior, give the inside of the bell pepper a quick rinse to get rid of the seeds. If additional seeds remain, cut them out with a sharp knife.
      • Next, cut the pepper in half lengthwise. Halve each half again lengthwise. Cut the thin white strips of pulp off of each quarter.
      • Cut each quarter lenghwise into thin strips. They're now ready to serve, or to dice up!

      Picture by René Ehrhardt

      You can't get much better than stuffed peppers.

      You can't get much better than stuffed peppers.
      You can't get much better than stuffed peppers.

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      Stuffed Pepper Picture by wharman on Flickr.

      Pepper intro picture by SqueakyMarmot

      Green Bell Pepper picture by Jasmine&Roses on Flickr.

      Local produce picture of bell peppers by chascar on Flickr.

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          sarahrk lm 5 years ago

          I love stuffed peppers, but I like to add meat.

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          Beadsnresin 5 years ago

          Might have to try these because my mum makes it with cheese and eggs, deep fries it, then puts it in the sauce, never had it with bread or risotto, but have heard of it. My mouth is watering...

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          traveller27 5 years ago

          Very nice lens - these look great.

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          tarastillhere 6 years ago

          I love stuffed peppers.!!

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          miaponzo 6 years ago

          Thanks for the great recipes! I'm going to try that bread stuffing.. I have never even heard of doing that!

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          julieannbrady 6 years ago

          Well, you just have to know that I would LOVE this. It sounds so unbelievably tasty -- you know? Nice presentation to get the tastebuds all in a drool this morning.

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          greenerme 7 years ago

          [in reply to jjvman] Wow, thanks for sharing these tips! These are great!

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          jjvman 7 years ago

          In my recipe, originally from my mother, we stuffed with a mixture of ground meat, spices (black pepper, salt to taste, cooked rice, diced onion, diced or minced fresh garlic( or granulated garlic) and paprika. Mix the raw ground meat and other ingredients well in a bowl. Stuff the peppers as above, place in a pot and pack snugly so they support each other. Pour tomato sauce (or tomato soup) over them and into the pan and add enough to form a liquid level about halfway up the peppers. Sprinkle more paprika on top for color. If there is a bit of extra stuffing, place it in the pot alongside the peppers. Cook on high for a few minutes until the sauce starts to bubble (stir so it doesn't burn), then simmer (covered) for about a half hour at low so the meat cooks well. I also cut the top of the pepper a bit below the stem and run the blade to the stem all around leaving a ring to remove. Then cut inside of the pepper and remove the membrane and stem with seeds. Put the ring on as a lid.

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          papawu 8 years ago

          Fabulous lens. I really prefer the green peppers because the others tend to be a little too sweet for my tastes.

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          elliespark 8 years ago

          These are delicious~!! I love just eating them raw, like an apple; crunchy, fresh, and flavorful veggies :D

          5/5 and faved, of course!! Great lens!

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          bdkz 8 years ago

          Looks delicious!

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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          My favorite peppers are sweet red and yellow ones. I love them roasted or grilled.

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          cappuccino136 8 years ago

          Bell peppers are delicious! One of my favorites. Nice lens.

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          MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

          Beautiful 5* lens, will be be seeing a giant sign soon?

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          DrRichard LM 8 years ago

          I think this is everything I ever wanted to know about bell peppers! 5 stars and favorited!