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The Best Saucy Italian-Style Stuffed Peppers

This recipe features ground beef & sausage, with a healthy heaping of Parmesan cheese, for an Italian version of the classic stuffed peeper dinner.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8


  • 1 cup long grain white rice prepared according to package instructions
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 large green bell peppers halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese plus more for topping


  • In a large skillet, cook the onion and olive oil over medium heat until softened.
  • Add in the sauce, broth, vinegar, and red pepper flakes, stirring to combine, and cooking for an additional minute.
  • Transfer the sauce mixture to the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish. Use a spoon to spread out evenly.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add the beef, sausage, tomatoes, parsley, garlic, salt, black pepper, and use your hands to really mix everything together well. Stir in the rice and cheese.
  • Stuff the peppers with the meat & rice mixture.
  • Place stuffed green bell pepper halves in the baking dish over tomato sauce; sprinkle with additional cheese, cover baking dish with aluminum foil, and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and return the dish to the oven, baking adn additional 20-25 minutes.