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24 August 2015

A recipe for succulent green bell peppers stuffed with traditional Italian ingredients, with fresh Parmesan, basil, tomatoes and more.

This recipe is an ode to the underappreciated green bell pepper. When people think of chili peppers, they tend to think more about the spicy sting of the serrano, the happy jolt of the jalapeno, the blasting bite of the bhut jolokia, but usually not the bell pepper.

Bell peppers have no heat, measuring in at “0” – that is ZERO – on the Scoville Heat Unit scale. Nothing wrong with that. You may not know this, but bell peppers are actually vital to Cajun cuisine.

While the French have their mirepoix – a mixture of onion, carrot and celery – the Cajuns have their Trinity – a mixture of onion, bell peppers, and celery. Add in garlic, and you have the Holy Trinity. Sounds important!

These form the base for many a dish.

Even in the bell pepper world, the poor green bells are eschewed for the more attractive red, yellow, and orange varieties. I get it. The green versions may not be so pretty and vibrant, but I’m here to give the green bell pepper some LOVE! In the form of a stuffed green pepper.

Italian style!

Green bell peppers aren’t as sweet as their more colorful varieties, and that’s OK. Sometimes you’ll want to tamp that flavor aspect down in order to highlight your other ingredients.

Bell peppers are the ideal stuffing pepper. They’re just the right size for a satisfying meal. Their thick walls stand up to all sorts of cooking methods, and their flavor is complimentary to a wide variety of ingredients. Particularly, Italian ingredients.

We’re growing basil like crazy right now, so I’m constantly looking for ways to bring them into dishes. Cheers to the awesome green bell pepper!

NOTE: The amount of ingredients used will depend on the size of the peppers, so choose accordingly. They do tend to hold more than you might think, though.

Italian Stuffed Green Peppers

Italian Stuffed Green Peppers

Check Out Some of My Other Popular Stuffed Chili Pepper Recipes

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Italian Stuffed Green Peppers - Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins

A recipe for succulent green bell peppers stuffed with traditional Italian ingredients, with fresh Parmesan, basil, tomatoes and more.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: recipe, stuffed peppers
Servings: 4
Calories: 328 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped basil + extra for garnish
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese + extra for garnish
  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat and add olive oil. Heat. Add onion and jalapeno peppers. Cook about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Add garlic and cook about a minute.
  3. Add turkey and break apart. Mix and cook about 8 minutes, or until turkey is cooked through.
  4. Add tomato, stewed tomatoes and basil. Stir and reduce heat to low. Simmer for at least 10 minutes, but 30 minutes or more is better. Lets those flavors develop, baby!
  5. While sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of water to boil.
  6. Chop off tops of the green peppers and scoop out the insides. Boil the peppers 3-5 minutes to soften. Remove and drain.
  7. Add 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese to the meat mixture and stir. Stuff each pepper with the stuffing mixture.
  8. Bake the peppers on a lightly oiled baking sheet at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Remove, cool slightly, and top with extra basil and Parmesan cheese.
  10. Serve!
Nutrition Facts
Italian Stuffed Green Peppers - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 692mg29%
Potassium 926mg26%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 1490IU30%
Vitamin C 119.9mg145%
Calcium 369mg37%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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