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Friday, August 8, 2014

Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers with Pasta Sauce

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Stuffed peppers have long been a family favorite around my house.  I think I make them at least once every couple of months.  They are an easy, economical, tasty way to get dinner on the table, especially when green peppers are in season, locally sourced, and priced so well at the store!

When I started thinking about how I could jazz up this comfort food favorite of ours, my mind went in the direction of Italian flavors. (My family tells me that Italian is one of the cuisines I do well!) Why not substitute tomato soup (what I normally use to cover my peppers in) with some pasta sauce and replace the ground beef with my favorite Italian seasoned turkey sausage?  It sounded like a winning combination to me!

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This meal was outstanding.  There is so much flavor from the Italian turkey sausage and the pasta sauce that no other seasoning is needed for the stuffing.  When I went to Walmart to grab ingredients for my meal, I decided to go with a traditional flavored sauce.  I chose Classico® Family Favorites Traditional Pasta Sauce for my masterpiece!  It was a great choice!

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I not only used Classico® pasta sauce on top of the stuffed peppers prior to baking, but I also added some to the stuffing itself and then served the remaining sauce on top of the finished peppers!  The meal was complete with some mashed potatoes (because I cannot eat stuffed peppers without mashed potatoes!) and some mixed veggies on the side!

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We all enjoyed this meal...and the best part?  LEFTOVERS!  As you can tell by my son's "thumbs up" he enjoyed this meal twice!  haha

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Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers with Pasta Sauce

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers with Pasta Sauce
Delicious tender green pepper halves stuffed with Italian turkey sausage then smothered in Classico® Family Favorites Traditional Pasta Sauce and mozzarella cheese!


  • 4 large green bell peppers, halved long side, with seeds, stem and membranes removed
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground, Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 cup fully cooked brown rice
  • 1-24oz. jar Classico® Family Favorites Traditional Pasta Sauce, divided
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped fresh basil, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place pepper halves, skin side down, in a baking dish big enough for all eight halves. (I used a 9" x 13" glass baking dish for mine) Sprinkle peppers with salt and pepper.
  3. In large bowl, mix the ground Italian turkey sausage, cooked brown rice, 1/2 cup pasta sauce, egg, and Parmesan cheese to make filling.
  4. Divide filling equally between the pepper halves. Top the stuffed peppers with 1 cup of pasta sauce. Cover dish tightly with foil.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, or until sausage is cooked through and the peppers are fork tender. Remove from oven and remove foil.
  6. Set oven to broil, and divide the mozzarella cheese equally between the peppers. Put in oven under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. In small saucepan, heat the remaining pasta sauce. Set aside.
  8. To serve, top peppers with additional sauce and garnish with chopped fresh basil, if desired.
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 01 hrs. 18 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 33 mins.
Tags: sauce, family favorite, traditional, flavor, ingredient, pepper, sausage, cheese

This is an original recipe developed by Renee's Kitchen Adventures for Classico® through #cbias

Servings - 8   Servings Size - 1 stuffed pepper   Points Plus per Serving- 6 Points+
Calories - 248.3,   Total Fat - 10g,   Carb. - 18.4g,   Protein - 14.4g,   Fiber - 2.9g

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  1. I am a huge fan of stuffed peppers and this new take on a classic sounds fantastic! Thanks, Renee!

    1. Me too! The sausage is so good in these! Thanks for dropping by Marion!

  2. I have never been a fan of stuffed peppers until this summer. Now --- I LOVE them and this recipe looks fantastic. I can't wait to try it!! Beautiful!!

    1. I didn't care for them when I was little! Haha Now I love them too! thanks for stopping by Susie!

  3. I love stuffed peppers and I bet they are wonderful with the italian sausage and Classico sauce! Great comfort food.

  4. You've inspired me to put stuffed peppers on my menu for next week. Your whole meal looks delicious and the sausage I bet is super flavorful!

  5. I love Italian sausage, I love stuffed peppers...Oh good heavens those look just perfect!

    Blessings, Catherine.

  6. These stuffed peppers look just delicious, Renee! Very nice meal :)

  7. I love any and all kinds of stuffed peppers, but I have never tried them with Italian Sausage! I ADORE Italian Sausage so this is a MUST TRY!!!! Thanks for such a great recipe idea!!!

  8. made these for supper last night. They are delicious. Whole family loved them. Thank you for the great recipe.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave a review! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  9. Made tonight. Both my husband and I loved them. I used regular Italian sausage( with a mix of elk Italian sausage)
    and I also added chopped onions, chopped red pepper, and chopped sun dried tomatoes. A keeper! Thank you for sharing your recipe..

    1. Thank YOU so much for taking the time to come back and review! I am happy they were a hit and I LOVE the additions you made!


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