Easy Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers - Recipe

Easy Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers

A recipe for flavorful bell peppers that are stuffed with a mixture of Italian sausage, tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese and plenty of seasoning, then baked to perfection. A family favorite. Stuffed peppers are so easy to make!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, Italian, stuffed peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 452 kcal


  • 2 large bell peppers – I used a red and an orange bell
  • 12 ounces Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • ½ cup fresh basil chopped (a couple tablespoons dried basil is fine)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped parsley and chili pepper flakes for garnish


  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat and add a bit of olive oil. Add the onion and peppers and cook about 5 minutes to soften.

  2. Add the garlic and stir. Cook another minute.

  3. Add the Italian sausage and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook it down, stirring a bit, about 5 minutes, or until it is cooked through.

  4. Add the paprika, tomato sauce, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes or longer.

  5. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stir in Parmesan cheese and mix well.
  6. Slice the bell peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides.
  7. Bring a large pot of water to boil and boil the halved peppers about 5 minutes to soften.

  8. Stuff each pepper with your sausage-cheese mixture and set them into a baking dish.
  9. Add about a half inch of water to the baking dish and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until the peppers are softened and the stuffing mixture is nicely heated. You can leave it in longer if needed for even softer peppers.
  10. Remove from heat and garnish with parsley and chili pepper flakes.

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Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Medium, though these have a TON of flavor. Easily add more heat with spicier chili flakes and/or hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 452 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1351mg 56%
Potassium 608mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 50.4%
Vitamin C 109.7%
Calcium 31.8%
Iron 12.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.