Grandma Perri's Stuffed Peppers

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by JackieOhNo

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.

Top Review by Debbwl

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.

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.

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