Stuffed Peppers Italian Style


These Italian stuffed peppers with bread stuffing are delicious. Anchovies are an essential ingredient for flavor; do not substitute them. Make with extra sauce to serve over pasta.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 4 green bell peppers, halved and seeded

  • 1 (1 pound) loaf stale Italian bread, crumbled

  • ½ cup water, or more as needed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (2 ounce) can anchovy fillets, chopped

  • 8 pitted green olives, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a large baking dish.

  2. Arrange bell peppers, cut-side-up, in the prepared baking dish; set aside.

  3. Place crumbled bread into a large bowl and sprinkle with 1/2 cup water; set aside.

  4. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over low heat. Sauté onion in hot oil until translucent. Stir in garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Mix in moistened bread. Add anchovy fillets, olives, extra-virgin olive oil, black pepper, and red pepper flakes; stir until stuffing is well blended.

  5. Mound stuffing into pepper halves. Surround peppers with tomato sauce and a small amount of water. Cover the baking dish with foil.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until peppers are tender, 45 to 60 minutes. Uncover for the last 15 minutes of baking and baste occasionally with sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

246 Calories
8g Fat
35g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 246
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 909mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 52mg 262%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 396mg 8%

* 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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