Stuffed Bell Peppers With an Italian Flair

"These are really tasty,hardy, and great for a green pepper lover. I also add pieces of the green pepper tops when I'm browning the meat. These are great with some crusty Italian bread, and very filling."
photo by Antifreesz photo by Antifreesz
photo by Antifreesz
Ready In:
1hr 30mins
8 stuffed peppers




  • Prepare rice according to directions; meanwhile, brown beef and onion until pan juices have evaporated.
  • Remove to a large bowl.
  • To meat add salt, oregano, pepper, rice, and 2 cups of spaghetti sauce.
  • Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds and dry pulp.
  • Stuff the peppers with the meat mixture and arrange in a baking pan or electric frying pan.
  • Add remaining sauce and water to the pan.
  • Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until the peppers are tender.
  • Top with mozzarella cheese and heat till cheese melts, about 3 minutes.

Questions & Replies

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  1. PA.Dutch.Gramma
    What temperature oven?


  1. Indiana Debbie
    Halved the recipe as there were just two of us. Very tasty and a nice change from the traditional stuffed peppers. DH elected to have his over pasta and will take leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
  2. Antifreesz
    First, I par boiled the peppers for 3 minutes. Then I browned 70 percent ground turkey/30 beef, with minced garlic, chopped onion, basil, oregano and chopped up the pepper tops. Added the cooked rice(I used brown) then my own tomato sauce and a little fresh grated parmesan cheese. Stuffed the peppers and baked them for 50ish minutes. They were delicious and easy to make!
  3. ColCadsMom
    I was looking for a stuffed peppers recipe that used spaghetti sauce, and this is the one I chose. I added whole kernal corn to the mixture. I also stuffed the peppers, put them in a West Bend slow cooker, and topped them with extra sauce, then cooked them on low for 6 hours instead of putting the rest of the sauce around them and baking them. They were delicious! Thanks for posting a delicious, easy, and versatile stuffed pepper recipe!
  4. Barry44
    Simply declicious. I did not brown the meat first but simply mixed the cooked rice with the raw meat and other ingredients. I made a larger amount of the mixture, made some meat balls and placed them between the peppers in case anyone did not want the peppers.
  5. sugarpea
    Perfectly nice stuffed peppers. Quite easy and all the amounts and times are spot on.


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