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Joe’s Italian-Style Stuffed Red Peppers

written by Guest Blogger March 25, 2012

Guest blogger, Joe Cicc0ne, is back on Live Lighter to share with us his yummy, healthy Stuffed Red Peppers – Italian-Style! 

Earlier this month I made a new version of stuffed peppers. Most recipes use chopped beef and white rice for the stuffing, this recipe is made with Turkey Italian Sausage, brown rice, seasoned bread crumbs and Perco-Romano grated cheese. Mmm…

Instead of turkey, you can substitute sausages made with chicken or as a special treat, Pork Italian Sausages. For vegetarians, omit the meat and use mushrooms instead. Although brown rice is used in our recipe, any type of rice or Ricearoni can be used. And while home-made tomato sauce is the healthiest, you can always use jarred or canned sauces in a pinch.

Joe's Italian-Style Stuffed Red Peppers

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 2 medium or large Red Peppers
  • 1 lb Italian sausages
  • 1 cup cooked Brown Rice
  • 16 oz Seasoned Italian Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced fine onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/3 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons perco Romano grated cheese
  • olive oil as needed


  1. Cook rice and chop sweet onion, set both aside.
  2. Remove sausage meat from casing, or just purchase ground sausage meat.
  3. Use a few tablespoons of olive oil in large skillet on medium heat, add meat.
  4. Mix meat to cook evenly (5-6 min) on lower heat and add rice, onions & about 8 oz of Tomato sauce, mix well.
  5. Remove from heat and mix in Bread crumbs & grated cheese.
  6. Pour remainder of tomato sauce in baking dish, add stuffed peppers, sprinkle some bread crumbs over each stuffed pepper.
  7. Cover with foil, make several knife slits in foil.
  8. Bake 325 degree oven for 1 hour…remove foil (carefully) bake for additional 20 min.

About the Author

Joe Ciccone is an active 70-year old who loves to cook healthy meals. He currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife of 32 years. He grew up in The Bronx and has been in the kitchen since he was 6 years old learning to cook from his father, a butcher, and his Italian and Polish grandparents. He’s worked in a NYC French restaurant and a 24-hour diner, and enjoyed cooking for parties and holidays in all 3 of his marriages.

This kind of recipe is just what we need to keep our healthy diets interesting! Do you have a favourite healthy version of stuffed red peppers to share with us? 

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