Baked Stuffed Bell Peppers

Recipe by - Carla -
READY IN: 2hrs 15mins


  • 4
    red peppers, halved, seeds & membranes removed
  • 1
    pepper, minced (any color)
  • 1
    onion, minced
  • 2
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1
    tablespoon Italian spices
  • 1
    egg, beaten
  • 18
    cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • plain spaghetti sauce (jarred or homemade)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl combine ground beef, cooked rice, minced pepper, minced onion, minced garlic, Italian seasonings, beaten egg, breadcrumbs and salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  • Use your hands to mix ingredients well.
  • Using a 1/2 cup measuring cup - measure out a 1/2 cup meat mixture for each halved pepper and fill.
  • *At this point, if you are using this recipe for OAMC you can wrap your peppers in saranwrap, then place them in a zip-lock bag and store them in the freezer for later use.*.
  • Place peppers in a baking dish and cover with your favorite jarred or homemade spaghetti sauce (about 1 cup per pepper half).
  • Cover and allow to cook 90 minutes (Please note that I have only ever made 4 halves at one time - so the cooking time could be longer if making 6 or more at the same time.).
  • After 90 minutes, check to see how far along the peppers are cooked; if they are nearly done uncover and baste with some of the spaghetti sauce from the baking dish (as mentioned above, if baking many peppers all at one time there is the possibility that they will not be as far along at this point - please continue to bake covered an additional 30 to 45 minutes and then proceed with the following instructions.).
  • Bake an additional 20 minutes then top each pepper half with shredded cheese and continue baking another 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Serve along side freshly baked bread and a salad, enjoy!