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Ricotta & Sausage Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Creamy and satisfying, this recipe is an entire meal in one hollowed-out veggie!

Ingredients

  • 6 whole Red, Orange Or Yellow Bell Peppers
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • ½ cups Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Herbs
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4 whole Chicken Or Pork Sausages, Chopped
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 3 cups Fresh Chopped Spinach

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400F.

Begin by neatly trimming the tops off the bell peppers, and set aside. You may also need to slightly trim off the bottoms of the peppers so that they can stand on their own. Remove the seeds and pull out the white veins.

In a mixing bowl combine eggs, ricotta, herbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.

In a pan over medium-high heat, saute in a little olive oil the onion and sausage until the onion is translucent and sausage slightly browned, then add the spinach (add a little salt and pepper) and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and add one spoonful from the pan into the ricotta/egg mixture, and stir immediately (we are tempering the ricotta/egg mixture so that the eggs don’t scramble.) Continue doing this, spoon-by-spoon for about half the pan, and then add the rest to the egg mixture and mix well.

Spoon the cheese mixture evenly into the hollowed bell peppers, and place onto a nonstick baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet into your 400 degree oven. Try putting the tops next to each pepper in the oven, and just monitor them so they don’t over-brown. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the cheese on top is bubbly.

This recipe is creamy and filling at the same time. I served this with a side of mashed potatoes and some roasted acorn squash from the farmers market. My husband walked around the kitchen while I was making them looking nervous and scared (he really doesn’t like peppers) but he just ate the filling, and my 4 year old ended up eating everything, including the pepper. This was really simple to make, and so good, healthy, and gluten-free!

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Katie on 6.14.2014

Pretty good. Although I felt like one serving could’ve been half of a pepper. I like the suggestion of using mushrooms, I will have to try that!

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Lisa on 2.15.2013

I made a modified version of this and it turned out delicious. I omitted the spinach because I have a limited tolerance for it and no one else here really likes it. I also added a large can of mushrooms. I sauteed the mushrooms and onions in the grease leftover from cooking the sausage. It turned out very delicious!

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