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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers
This is a childhood favorite–my Mom made the very best stuffed bell peppers. I decided to make these stuffed peppers using ingredients that I had on hand and needed to use up. They were simple to make, tasted amazing, and my entire family enjoyed them. These stuffed bell peppers paired nicely with our house salad.

Stuffed Bell Peppers:


  • Brown rice, prepared per instructions (2 servings)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 6 oz white or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce

How to Make Stuffed Bell Peppers

While rice is cooking, heat a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add ground beef and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add onion, zucchini, mushrooms & seasonings, and cook for about 5-7 minutes. Add prepared rice and marinara sauce and mix thoroughly.

  • 4 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers (I use one of each) are sliced in half lengthwise & cleaned removing seeds & veins
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese, shredded

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large glass baking dish, add 1 1/2 cups of water.

Scoop meat mixture into peppers until it’s heaping full and place into baking dish. Add marinara sauce to each pepper then top with sprinkled Parmesan cheese.

Bake covered in tin foil for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake additional 5 minutes. Enjoy.


Click here for printable recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net



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  1. Most children & husbands don’t like these. Change the name to “unstuffed peppers ” & try this –saute large diced pepper with meat. Then just continue cooking in the skillet. Same taste, easier to eat & no oven.

    1. I beg to differ. I am a personal chef and all my “husbands and children” like these including my own! Pam, I have used this recipe since you posted it and it has been loved by many! Thank you!

  2. I was happy to find this blog, since I haven’t seen very many which promote healthy recipes. I like to cook healthy meals for my family, and I wouldn’t change a thing in this recipe….except to perhaps use 1/2 lean ground beef and 1/2 ground turkey. How can I sign-up for e-mails?

    1. Katie,

      Thank you for your kind words. You can sign up for new posts to come directly to your e-mail by clicking the e-mail button on the top right hand side of the website (It says – RSS Twitter Facebook E-mail). Click e-mail and follow the directions.


  3. Made this and it was Sooo good….my husband loved it! Used left over rice for rice pudding! Made 3 dinners for us with salad. Thanks.

  4. Seen a lot of “stuffed pepper” recipes. Some require blanching or pre-cooking the pepper.. is it necessary and if so, how?

    1. Dan,

      By baking them in the water (per the instructions above), the peppers will cook and soften.

      I hope this helps.

  5. This recipe is Sooo delicious! I used turkey sausage, mozzarella cheese & chopped my own tomatoes. Sooo Italian! <3

    1. George,

      Click on the printable recipe link at the bottom of the page. Once it comes up, push the buttons Ctrl and P at the same time, it will bring up an option to print the recipe. I hope this helps.

      Sorry about that. This is a recipe from years ago when I first started blogging and there weren’t a lot of options for printable recipes yet.