Italian Stuffed Peppers Granny Would Have loved! These Italian style stuffed peppers are full of Italian sausage, spinach, cheese, rice and lots of flavor! Excellent as a make ahead meal or make a double batch and have a pan of these stuffed peppers waiting in the freezer!
I think its about time I got down to some grandma food. It’s everyone’s favorite anyway. All grandma food has similar qualities; it’s comforting, it’s filling, and there are probably some cooked greens hiding in there somewhere. Grandma cooked like everyone was working 15 hour days on the farm, with no care for calories or the amount of butter a dish may contain. And that’s all we really want anyway, right?
The real reason I am embracing the warmth and comfort of good, home cooking, is that today I marched a little closer to granny-dom. At the ripe old age of 35, my first scraggly, shiny grey hair has poked its way through. I’ve had a few false alarms before. A few shiny strands have caught my eye in the past only to be revealed as a stray blonde hair after a day in the garden. But I began to notice a couple of months ago that the creases at the corners of my eyes don’t fade away when I stop smiling and I’m pulling out enough stray chin hairs at this point that I could knit a damn sweater. My knees creak and my joints pop and the girls hang a little lower these days. It was inevitable really, the gray hair came through like the nail in the coffin.
I can hear someone out there yelling at me right now, “I was totally grey at 25!” or some such thing. Or the inevitable person who is older than me saying, “Ha! Just wait!” So, y’all can keep that one to yourselves. No need to repeat yourself.
The point is that, that one scraggly grey hair and the deepening creases of my eyes are just fair warnings. I’m running out of time to make any really big life decisions; to change the direction of my path should I want to and to be able to do it while my butt still looks good in these jeans. So, I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately. I haven’t actually come up with anything definite yet though. So, I made these peppers, because grey hairs also mean that I am getting older and it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to my old-lady perm and purple, shoulder-padded pantsuit. Just like my granny wore. And she would have loved these peppers.
- 7 red bell peppers
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 3 italian sausages casings removed
- 2 cups fresh bread crumbs
- 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes drained
- 3 T parmesan
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- 10 oz package frozen spinach thawed and drained
- 1 oz – 14 . jar pizza sauce
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Halve 6 peppers and scoop out the seeds and membrane. Blanch the peppers in the boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Remove to a baking dish. Set aside.
- Finely chop the remaining pepper. Then, heat the oil in a large skillet and brown the sausage, remaining bell pepper, onion and garlic. Remove the mixture to a large bowl. Stir together the remaining ingredients, except the pizza sauce. Fill each pepper half with the filling mixture. If you have leftover filling, place it in between the peppers in a glorified pile on the pan. Cover each pepper with a spoonful of pizza sauce and a sprinkle of cheese.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until mixture is hot all the way through.
- Tip: This is a great make-ahead freezer meal!