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Bolognese Stuffed Peppers

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 generous servings (or 6 smaller servings) 1x


These Bolognese Stuffed Peppers are an ideal weeknight meal. Quick, easy, minimal clean up, and completely delicious and satisfying. Bell peppers are filled with a simple bolognese sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and a sprinkling of panko for crunch! They taste like a bowl of pasta in veggie form!


  • 3 green bell peppers
  • Olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (I like 93% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley or basil, for serving (optional)


Start the Peppers:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.
  2. Halve the peppers lengthwise, carefully cut out the stem and inner ribs/seeds, and place on the baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle the peppers with a little bit of olive oil and rub them all over. Season with a sprinkle of salt.
  4. Place peppers cut-side down on the baking sheet and transfer to the oven for 10-12 minutes or until they are mostly somewhat tender but not soft.

Make the Filling:

  1. While the peppers roast, prepare the filling. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Add the shallot and tomato and cook for a minute. Add in the ground beef, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning and cook, breaking the meat up, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Drain off any excess fat from the beef and then stir in the marinara and cream cheese. Stir in ¼ cup water. Bring the mixture up to a simmer, stirring frequently, and cook until it is thickened and everything is well combined, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Assemble & Bake:

  1. Remove the peppers from the oven and carefully flip them cut-side up. Carefully fill the pepper halves with the beef filling.
  2. Top each pepper with a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese and panko breadcrumbs.
  3. Return the peppers to the oven and cook for another 10-12 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the cheese is lightly browned and melted.
  4. Garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs just before serving.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: entree

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