Italian stuffed bell peppers can be your delicious companion for a chilly winter evening.
Bell peppers are great to work with; just scrap out the seeds and stuff them up with the filling of your choice and you end up with a lip-smacking dish every time.
Italian stuffed peppers give you a vast scope to experiment with its filling. Italian sausage, ground beef and turkey are favorite ingredients for such fillings among meat lovers while the vegetarians usually replace the meat with sauteed mushrooms.
A stuffing of risotto or simply rice works wonder for this dish and spicy marinara sauce adds a tangy twist to it. Go for a variety of colors available in bell peppers – yellow, green and red, to make the dish pleasing to your eyes too.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 4 whole peppers, any color
- ¾ lb ground beef
- 1 cup rice
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup marinara or tomato sauce
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- ½ tsp Italian seasoning
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Throw in the rice in 2 ½ cups water and boil until the water disappears.
- Scrape out insides of the bell peppers and soak them in boiling water for few minutes to make them tender.
- Saute the ground beef in a skillet over high heat until it is half done.
- Add in the chopped onion and garlic and continue stir frying them until the garlic browns and the onions become translucent.
- Meanwhile, blend the marinara sauce and cheese together in a bowl, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
- Put in the rice, cooked meat and stir well to mix thoroughly.
- Stuff the bell pepper completely with the filling.
- Arrange them on a baking dish.
- Top each of them with generous helping of grated mozzarella cheese.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the mozzarella melts and attain a brownish hue.
- Serve hot.
Dish up the stuffed bell peppers on a bed of risotto to serve as a complete meal. You can also serve them solo as a fun appetizer.