Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers | Festive Fare
Ah, the aroma of Italian cuisine wafting through the kitchen—it’s hard to resist the allure of these mouthwatering Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers. The perfect dish to bring a touch of festivity to your table, these peppers are a delightful fusion of rich flavors and vibrant colors. Picture sinking your fork into a tender bell pepper, generously stuffed with a savory mixture that encapsulates the essence of Italy. It’s not just a recipe; it’s a culinary journey that invites you to explore the heart of Italian comfort food.
- 4 large bell peppers, any color
- 1 cup cooked Italian sausage, crumbled
- 1 cup cooked Arborio rice
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.
- In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.
- Add diced tomatoes and cooked Italian sausage to the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the cooked Arborio rice, fresh basil, and season with salt and pepper.
- Remove the skillet from heat and mix in the shredded mozzarella.
- Stuff the bell peppers with the mixture and place them in a baking dish.
- Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top of each stuffed pepper.
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the peppers are tender and the cheese is golden.
- Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 35 minutes | Total time: 55 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
These Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers are a celebration of flavors, combining the warmth of Italian sausage, the creaminess of melted cheese, and the freshness of basil. Every bite is a harmonious medley of textures and tastes, creating a truly festive experience for your taste buds.
Nutrition information: Calories: 320 | Fat: 18g | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 15g
Picture a cozy Italian trattoria, sunlight streaming through the windows, and the chatter of happy diners. As you savor these Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers, you’re transported to that charming scene, where food is not just sustenance but a cherished tradition. The mingling of ingredients, the love infused into each step—this recipe encapsulates the heart and soul of Italian cooking. Share these peppers with friends and family, and share the joy of experiencing a taste of Italy right at your own table.