Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Italian Style Pizza Peppers

Hey Friends!

So the holiday season got the best of me--as did a few days of being under the weather, a mid-week family wedding and my mom's annual holiday visit. Sorry for the silence around here but I've been busy cooking up a few things in between and hand-making most of Christmas around here. 

These stuffed peppers capture the colors of the season and all the delicious, comforting flavors of a rich, heavy Italian feast. They're low (and can easily be made "no") carb and come together in just 30 minutes. A personalized serving always packs an impressive punch and can easily be made for lunch or a simple weeknight dinner after a day of shopping and wrapping.

Italian Style Stuffed Peppers ("Pizza Peppers")
(makes 4 medium peppers)
  • 4 red or green bell peppers, tops, ribs and seeds removed.
  • ~1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper (use top pieces)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 lb ground beef (or chicken, or even italian sausage would be delicious)
  • 1 cup cooked white rice, or orzo
  • ~1 cup shredded mozzerella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • ~3/4 cup marinara
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ~1 tbsp fresh minced basil
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 Getting Started:
 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground meat, onion and bell pepper and cook until meat is browned, about 7 minutes. Turn heat to medium and season with salt and pepper, garlic and Italian seasoning. Stir in the rice and 1/2 c marinara. Stir to combine well. Stir in the parmesan and basil. 

Sprinkle the inside of each pepper with mozzarella. Then stuff the peppers with the filling. Top with a generous amount of mozzarella.

Place the peppers in a deep baking dish (if only making 2 peppers, a loaf pan works great!) and loosely cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the foil, and bake an additional 10 minutes. Top with more marinara before serving.

*These could easily be topped with pepperoni or any other pizza toppings as well, (black olives, mushrooms, you name it).

1 comment:

  1. It looks healthy and delicious! I think we can also make a great Vegan version of this recipe by removing beef and adding diced tofu. Five star!


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