Grandma Perri's Stuffed Peppers

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

My Italian grandmother made these all the time, and it was the only way I knew stuffed peppers as a child. All of my aunts and my mother made this recipe and, when my mother became disabled, she taught my father how to make them! Over the years, I was introduced to traditional stuffed peppers with rice and broke with family tradition. However, I find that lately I am craving the peppers of my youth, so I consulted with my aunt and my father's written recipe to recreate this comfort food. Although ground beef is my grandmother's original ingredient, my mother did convert to ground turkey, which works just as well. I have made these twice now in the past week, and they are just as I remember them! They are very nice served over spaghetti or rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slice tops off peppers, seed and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, slowly heat olive oil in large Dutch oven, then add onion and let brown.
  3. While onion browns, mix together ground meat, salt and pepper to taste, garlic, parsley, basil, cheese, eggs, and breadcrumbs. Mix lightly; do not overwork. Divide meat mixture into six portions, gently roll and stuff into peppers.
  4. When onion is brown, add peppers and brown on all sides. After browning, stand peppers upright and pour marinara sauce over them. Simmer for 1 hour on the stove top. When almost done, remove lid and cut each pepper in half lengthwise, then continue cooking until done.
  5. Serve each pepper with some sauce spooned on top and sprinkled with some grated cheese.
Most Helpful

Had a very difficult time assigning stars as these peppers have great flavor but the cook method not did not work out well. Read the recipe multiple times because I could not believe it said cook and then cut in half, but as I try to stay true to a recipe I did it that way which ruined the presentation. If making again will cut in half and then cook or leave whole. The other change I would make to only do cut peppers on the stove top if doing whole peppers will go bake to using the oven. Did make as written. Thanks for the post.

Debbwl May 29, 2011

I just love old family recipes. This is definitely a keeper. I really enjoyed the fresh flavors from the basil and parsley. I made as written and didn't encounter any problems. I decided to cut the peppers in half while they were still in the pot, then turned them on their sides. It worked great. Gratzie! Made for the Golden Gourmets while on the ZWT7.

LifeIsGood June 04, 2011

This was good. I love stuffed peppers and love trying all kinds of them. For this recipe, I scaled it down to be for 2 peppers and with the bit of extra filling that didn't fit into the peppers, I made some meatballs for my 1 year old that I simmered in some spaghetti sauce. Only thing I did differently was to not use parsley (the stuff at the store was wilted and gross looking) and I also added the chopped up pepper tops and some chopped mushrooms. We really liked it and I wish I had made the full recipe and frozen the extra peppers. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

TexasKelly February 13, 2011