Pizza-Stuffed Peppers

    yield: 4 servings
    prep time: 20 minutes
    cook time: 25 minutes

    My husband isn’t a picky eater, but there are two foods he’s always told me he won’t eat: stuffed peppers and any preparation of eggplant. Well, I changed his mind with these pizza-stuffed peppers! It turns out that he’s not a fan of stuffed green peppers, but any other color is fine. And you can’t go wrong with a pizza-inspired filling!

    • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
    • 1 cup marinara sauce
    • 4 bell peppers (red, orange, yellow, or a combination)
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 16 slices pepperoni
    • Italian seasoning, for sprinkling
    • Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

    1. In a medium-sized skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until browned and no longer pink, crumbling the meat with a large spoon as it cooks. Drain the fat, if necessary. Stir in the marinara sauce and set aside.

    2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

    3. Cut each pepper in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Fill the pepper halves with the sausage mixture, then top each pepper half with 2 tablespoons of the mozzarella and 2 slices of pepperoni. Sprinkle each pepper half with Italian seasoning.

    4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the peppers are tender and the cheese is bubbly. Garnish with grated Parmesan.