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Cheesy Italian Stuffed Peppers – A 30 Minute Meal

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Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Leah Hall

Easy weeknight meal with these versatile Italian stuffed peppers.


If you want a quick, easy meal, and if you have some fresh bell peppers laying around waiting to be used, we have the meal for you! This 30 minute meal can easily be adapted to fit your mood, be it Italian (as pictured). Also, you can go Mexican taco or twist it up and make a Philly steak pepper!


We love to go Italian style stuffed peppers in the summer, especially when our garden is cranking out fresh green peppers, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh basil!


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Stuffed Cheesy Italian Peppers on a white plate with cherries and on a white napkinStuffed Peppers

These cheesy stuffed Italian peppers is one of the meals we like to make with our kids. We let them fill the peppers and cover the peppers with cheese and the occasional extra cherry tomato.  While this can lead to some interesting moments in the kitchen, it is a great way to get the kids involved with cooking and maybe get them interested in eating their veggies!

Ingredients Needed for the Stuffed Italian Peppers?

  • onion
  • Bell peppers
  • Ground Beef
  • Green pepper
  • Tomato
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper

Green stuffed peppers with tomatoes on white plate, on white napkin with greenery behind

We like to keep the peppers a little bit more crisp by not parboiling them, which allows for a better crunch and a better bit of pepper flavor.  Finishing it up with a toasted layer of melted cheese and fresh strips of basil makes for a great meal!


Enjoy these stuffed peppers!


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Yield: 8

Cheesy Italian Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

An easy 30 minute weeknight dinner idea. Stuffed peppers for the win! These are Italian stuffed peppers without rice.


Italian Stuffed Peppers

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 4 bell peppers, halved lengthwise, with seeds and tops removed, parboil if desired
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese, plus 1/2 cup shredded cheese (mozzarella or Romano)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


Brown ground beef, add in onions, peppers and tomatoes. Cook veggies until they soften slightly.

Add in spices and tomato sauce until slightly cooked down.

Add in 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and mix in pan.

Take off of heat, arrange halved bell peppers in an 8x11 or 9x13 pan.

You can parboil the peppers if you would like, but we like the added crunch of the raw pepper.

Add meat mixture to bell peppers, top with shredded cheese, and top that with Parmesan.

Bake at 350° for 15 minutes until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 6.5gSaturated Fat: 3.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 239mgCarbohydrates: 8.1gFiber: 1.7gSugar: 4.9gProtein: 21.6g

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Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

Yum! l usually make stuffed peppers with a Mexican flare, love this idea of a more Italian spin! Thanks for sharing!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 3rd of September 2015

I do the Mexican twist as well, but I love this one, too!


Monday 31st of August 2015

Looks yummy..... I am looking for vegetarian version of it.

The 'Noms.

Monday 31st of August 2015

We made a version stuffed with chopped portabello mushrooms, onions and cheese and it was really good!

Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook

Friday 28th of August 2015

I love stuffed peppers and your recipe looks amazing!!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 29th of August 2015

Thanks so much!

Mary La Fornara (@itsaboutpretty)

Thursday 27th of August 2015

I do have some peppers lying around. Thank you for helping me decided what to make for dinner!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 27th of August 2015

Glad to help! Hope you enjoy!

Cynthia @craftoflaughter

Thursday 27th of August 2015

This looks like it is going to be dinner tonight!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 27th of August 2015

Awesome! Enjoy!

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