For a lighter version of this classic dish, use crumbled turkey or chicken sausage in place of Italian sausage.



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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet,heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high.Add sausage and cook, breaking up meatwith a wooden spoon, until browned,5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfersausage to a medium bowl. Add 1 teaspoonoil to skillet along with zucchini,onion, and garlic. Season with saltand pepper and cook until vegetablesare tender, about 8 minutes.

  • Add zucchini mixture to bowl withsausage, along with Parmesan, rice,and 1 teaspoon oil; stir to combine andseason with salt and pepper. In asmall bowl, combine breadcrumbs and1/2 teaspoon oil and season with saltand pepper. Brush a rimmed bakingsheet with oil and arrange bell peppers,cut side up, on sheet. Divide ricemixture among peppers and top withbreadcrumbs. Bake until breadcrumbsare browned and peppers are tender,about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Cook's Notes

The rice and sausage mixture can be made up to 3 days ahead and refrigeratedin an airtight container until needed.

Reviews (5)

135 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 37
  • 2 star values: 19
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
Was delish! I used all red bell peppers, added 1 bunch chopped kale, 1/4 cup chopped green olives, pinch of red pepper flakes. Easy but looks elegant! Nice for Valentine's Day dinner :)
Rating: Unrated
The filling did not bind together at all, and I think there was far too much rice, making the filling somewhat bland. At a few points, the recipe asked me to "season with salt and pepper", and I realised after the second time how much salt I was adding, which was probably to make up for the fact that there wasn't a whole lot of flavor. I would make this dish again because I like the concept, but not using this recipe, because it just wasn't what a stuffed pepper should be.
Rating: 5 stars
This is definately going into my go-to recipe book. The second time I made this I did add some tomato sauce with a bit of the sausage added into it along with an italian spice mixture. I found using a short grain sticky rice worked better than the long grain for binding purposes. Using the long grain rice just did not work for me, the filling fell apart too easily. I also added some parmesan to the bread crumbs and blanched the peppers for a few seconds prior to filling them.
Rating: Unrated
My husband and I did not care for this recipe. Filling did not bind together and bland. Maybe a sauce would help?
Rating: Unrated
This was very tasty--I'm going to make it again for sure.