Italian-Style Stuffed Peppers


Stuffed peppers take on an Italian feel with the help of Classico® Fresh Tomato & Basil Sauce, Italian sausage, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasonings. It's comfort food kicked up a notch--and gluten free!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
8 stuffed pepper halves


  • 4 large green bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed

  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin

  • 4 ounces ground Italian sausage

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar Classico® Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce, divided

  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

  • Fresh chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a roasting pan (large enough to accommodate 8 pepper halves in a single layer) with cooking spray.

  2. Combine the ground sirloin, Italian sausage, brown rice, Italian seasonings, salt, pepper, garlic, Parmesan cheese, egg, and 1/2 cup Classico® Tomato & Basil sauce in a large bowl. Mix until combined.

  3. Divide meat mixture evenly among the green pepper halves; press to compress slightly. Arrange halves in prepared pan. Spoon the remaining Classico® Tomato & Basil sauce onto the tops of the meat and peppers. Cover tightly with foil.

  4. Bake until the peppers are soft and internal temperature of the meat reaches 165 degrees F, about 1 1/2 hours.

  5. Remove from oven. Remove foil and top each pepper with shredded cheese.

  6. Turn oven to broil. Place peppers, uncovered under the broiler. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

638 Calories
33g Fat
37g Carbs
48g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 638
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 172mg 57%
Sodium 1411mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 48g
Vitamin C 134mg 668%
Calcium 547mg 42%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 742mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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