Italian Stuffed Peppers

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If you are looking for a hearty, flavorful meal that everyone is going to gobble up, then you just found it! Italian Stuffed Peppers are a delicious combination of orzo pasta, Italian sausage, tomatoes, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. My whole family loves bell peppers so I am always trying to find new ways to use them. Then it occurred to me that I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel here, just change up a tried and true one!

Italian Stuffed Peppers

Orzo pasta is so versatile, it works hot or cold. It makes a delicious stuffing component as well. It mixes in with the ricotta, crushed tomatoes and Italian sausage so thoroughly. And it also makes it so the stuffing makes it into all the nooks and crannies of the bell pepper.

Italian Stuffed Peppers

I like to turn the peppers into bowls instead of just lopping off the tops and filling it like a cup for a few reasons. First off, you don’t have to worry about the peppers falling over on their uneven bottoms (though you can combat that issues by using an extra large muffin tin). Secondly, you make it easier to portion out, as they are already halved. I, personally, can’t eat a whole bell pepper and neither can my younger two kiddos. Another reason is – MORE CHEESE! With more surface area, you get to pile on more mozzarella and who doesn’t love that?

Italian Stuffed Peppers

Since this is such a hearty, heavy recipe, I try to make a light side dish. The simplest way to go is a quick Caesar salad. If you want something a little extra, you can do a cucumber and tomato salad. I like to make mine with a balsamic vinegar, honey, and oil and it is so so good.

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Italian Stuffed Peppers

Pasta, sausage and cheese fill up these bell peppers for a delicious meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword bell peppers, cheese, Italian Sausage, orzo, Pasta, Pasta Salad, ricotta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 8 Bell Peppers (red or green) Halved and seeded
  • 2 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1 lb Orzo
  • 16 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 15oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400 deg. Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add Italian sausage. Cook and crumble until no longer pink. Drain off excess grease and transfer to mixing bowl.
  • Add Orzo to boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water to arrest the cooking process. Add to bowl with sausage.
  • Add ricotta, parmesan, garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes to sausage. Stir to combine.
  • Lay each bell pepper half out on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Fill each with a portion of the sausage mixture. Sprinkle each with mozzarella cheese and then basil. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

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