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Easy Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers - Recipe
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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, Italian, stuffed peppers
Servings: 4
Calories: 452kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Add the garlic and stir. Cook another minute.
  • 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.
  • Add the paprika, tomato sauce, basil and salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes or longer.
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stir in Parmesan cheese and mix well.
  • Slice the bell peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and boil the halved peppers about 5 minutes to soften.
  • Stuff each pepper with your sausage-cheese mixture and set them into a baking dish.
  • Add about a half inch of water to the baking dish and bake at 350 F. 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.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with parsley and chili pepper flakes.



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


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1351mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2520IU | Vitamin C: 90.5mg | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 2.2mg