Skip to Main navigation Skip to Left navigation Skip to Main content Skip to Footer

University of Minnesota Extension

Extension is almost done building a new website! Please take a sneak peek or read about our redesign process.

Print Icon Email Icon Share Icon

Extension > Family > Live healthy, live well > Healthy bodies > Eat smart > The recipe box > Stuffed Peppers

The recipe box

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Stuff green or red pepper with some Italian-style goodness. This is a great dish to introduce kids to peppers.

Number of servings: 8
Serving size: 1 stuffed pepper half

Print PDF version

View or download video (2:11):


4 green or red peppers

1/2 pound ground Italian sausage, turkey sausage, or beef

1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 15-ounce can spaghetti sauce

3 cups cooked brown rice*

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)

Optional: 2-4 cups kale, spinach, or other dark leafy green, chopped

*See recipe in “Tips and Variations”


Time needed: 20 minutes preparation; 40 minutes cook time

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wash the peppers, cut in half lengthwise, and remove seeds. Arrange in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or sheet pan.
  3. Sauté the ground meat and onion in a large skillet over medium heat until browned and cooked to 155 degrees F. Pour off any excess fat.
  4. Stir in the oregano, spaghetti sauce, rice, 1/2 cup cheese, and green vegetable (if using).
  5. Spoon sausage mixture into the peppers, mounding on the top.
  6. Cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top. Continue to cook another 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Nutritional information

Calories 290
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 35 mg
Sodium: 570 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 36 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Total Sugar: 5 g
Protein: 14 g

Allergens: Dairy, check other package ingredients

Tips and variations

To cook the brown rice, follow the package directions or see Wild or brown rice.

Do not pour fat down the drain. Pour fat from ground meat into a bowl. Place bowl in refrigerator until the fat has hardened and then spoon into the trash.

To make smaller meals, freeze filling in three or four portions. When ready to eat, thaw a portion and bake in two or three pepper halves.


This was adapted from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Stuffed Peppers (no date; Spend Smart. Eat smart; retrieved from

Related resources

Chopping, Dicing, or Mincing Onions, Shallots, and Garlic (PDF) — Get tips for the right way to cut these staple vegetables.

Minestrone soup — Make up a batch of this hearty soup in a flash. It's a great way to us up leftover meat and vegetables.

Whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce — Use this recipe to make homemade spaghetti sauce. It is easy, tasty, and much healthier than jarred sauces.

  • © Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
  • The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy