Italian Sausage Stuffed Pepper Rings

5 from 1 vote

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Scott has been talking about this stuffed peppers recipe for the last week or so and today we are showing you how to make a sausage and peppers recipe that you are definitely going to want to try.

These stuffed mini peppers are simple yet elegant and most importantly, downright delicious.

They’re perfect to feed the family or to make an easy but impressive dinner party meal.

Serving of stuffed peppers recipe and recipe information.

About these

We were wishing that we are making these stuffed mini peppers for a nice dinner party.

Instead, we are making this stuffed peppers recipe on a Sunday afternoon in the middle of April and in the middle of a bona fide blizzard.

Yes, that’s right a blizzard in the middle of April.

A bowl of food on a plate, with Stuffed peppers and Bell pepper
You can put this beautiful stuffed peppers recipe together in just over an hour!

The schools are closed for tomorrow and whether I make it into the hospital to do my anesthesia job is yet to be determined.

Considering the roads are closed and I haven’t seen a plow go past our house in hours, I’m not too optimistic about going anywhere for a while.

All things considered, it’s a perfect day for flavorful sausage and peppers dinner


And so with a rare April blizzard causing all sorts of trouble outside, this is what’s going on in our warm and cozy kitchen today.

By the way, have I mentioned to you lately that Scott is, among other things, a naturally-gifted cook?

What’s in them

Ingredients and supplies for stuffed bell peppers.

Main Ingredients for this Stuffed Peppers Recipe

  • Italian Sausage (we use Italian turkey sausage)
  • Marinara sauce (we use our homemade marinara recipe )
  • Brown rice (Use your Instant Pot for this if you have. one, you’ll get amazing results in 20 minutes.)
  • Herbs, spices, breadcrumbs, and an egg
Adding brown rice to a mixing bowl for a sausage and peppers recipe.
We use brown rice in this spin-off from stuffed peppers. The brown rice gives a little extra chew, texture, and nutrition. Try making some in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot like we do.

Yes, that guy puts up with my occasional singing outbursts, my general state of messiness, and even my erratic work schedule.

He never complains about my frequent midnight trips to the fridge where I often discover the leftovers that he may or may not have carelessly left unattended.

Mixing bowl full of ingredients for making a stuffed peppers recipe.
These baked stuffed peppers are perfect for the family or for your next dinner party.

Besides all of this, the man can really cook. 

Scott has more than 30 recipes on Platter Talk and it is no coincidence that many of our most popular recipes come from him.

Pot of slow cooked homemade marinara sauce.
Our homemade slow-cooked tomato sauce is the perfect marinara for this recipe. We can use a bag from the freezer and memories of warmer summer days come to mind.

As I said earlier, this is the recipe for stuffed bell peppers is one we have been talking about for a good week or so, and today we are putting it together with whatever ingredients we have on hand.

A pan of food, with Stuffed peppers and Bell pepper
A savory Italian sausage mixture is stuffed into the rings cut from sweet bell peppers, in this variation of a classic stuffed peppers recipe.

As we discovered, this turned out to be the perfect storm. No pun intended, given our current weather conditions.

A plate of food, with Stuffed peppers and Sausage
Ready for the oven. You’re going to love these mini stuffed peppers!

Easy dinner party meal or family supper

When he cooks, Scott tends to keep it on the simple and inexpensive side.

And most important, on the delicious side. Today, my best friend hit another home run with this basic but elegant stuffed peppers recipe.

You have to try them.

Make them for supper or make them to entertain and serve as a beautiful and delicious dinner party meal.

Baking pan of baked stuffed peppers.
These beautiful baked stuffed pepper rings are perfect as a dinner party meal but they are also a kid-friendly meal the whole family can enjoy.

I’m not sure if you have noticed or not, but we are becoming more and more enamored with our Instant Pot.

We use it for the brown rice portion of this recipe and every time we make rice in this new kitchen tool, it turns out perfect.

Man pouring rice into instant pot

How To make brown rice in the instant pot

  • Use 1 cup of water.
  • With 1 cup of brown rice.
  • Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes.
  • Do a natural release for 5 minutes.
  • That’s all there is to it, for light, chewy and healthy brown rice. It sure beats cooking on the stove for an hour!

You will also notice that we use Italian turkey sausage in these stuffed pepper rings.

You can use any kind of sausage that you have on hand. Or, here is a great recipe for ground turkey stuffed peppers that you will love as well!

We have gotten used to the flavor of turkey sausage and the lighter fat content helps us to at least feel a little healthier about what we are eating.

In fact, we have more than a few sausage recipes here on Platter Talk for you to choose from.

A bowl o soup with white beans and sausage
Turkey sausage is a great low-fat alternative for our White Bean and Sausage Soup.

We bake this stuffed peppers recipe for about an hour at 350°.

The first 45 minutes, they are covered with foil, this helps to prevent them from drying out.

Plate of baked stuffed peppers garnished with chopped Italian parsley.
Fresh chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley really dresses up this recipe for baked stuffed peppers, making it perfect as a dinner party meal.

Once they are finished baking, we sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top of each mound and then place them under a hot broiler for just a minute or so until the cheese begins to brown.

If you care to dress this entree up a bit, sprinkle a little bit of chopped fresh parsley on it, as we did.

It’s easy to transform this ordinary classic comfort food into a more elegant dish that’s perfect for company or a special dinner with friends and family.

A plate of food with a fork, with Stuffed peppers and Italian sausage

Like many dishes made with a tomato sauce, these Italian Sausage Stuffed Pepper Rings make great leftovers. But let’s be honest, food this good usually doesn’t make it to the next day in our house.

Give these Italian stuffed peppers a try soon.

I think you’ll really enjoy them and please, leave a comment below. Thanks for reading Platter Talk, it means a lot to us.

Dan from Platter Talk standing in the kitchen.


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Mini Stuffed Peppers

5 from 1 vote
Stuffed peppers recipe that is kid-friendly but elegant enough for a dinner party as well.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 8 pepole


  • 3 Sweet bell peppers
  • 1 lb Turkey Italian Sausage, bulk or links
  • 1.25 cups Brown rice, cooked
  • 1 egg
  • 1.25 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 white onion, fine chop
  • 2 cups marinara sauces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  • Preheat oven  to 350° F and prepare brown rice either on stove top or in Instant Pot.
  • Use a serrated knife and cut pepper segments to form rings, about 1.5 inch in thickness,  and remove pith from inside of rings. Discard ends and then set the rings aside.
  • Remove sausage from links (or use bulk) and place in medium-size mixing bowl. Add 1/4 marinara sauce and reserve the rest.
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Place 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup marinara sauce in an 11 x 13″ baking pan and spread evenly. Evenly set the cut pepper rings on top of the sauce. Next, using a small handful of the meat mixture, form a small ball and place in each pepper ring, ensuing a uniform amount for each portion.
  • Use about a cup of reserved marinara sauce and top each portion evenly. Cover baking pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Then, remove foil and bake another 15 minutes.
  • Remove the stuffed pepper rings from oven and raise the oven rack to the highest position possible. Turn the oven broiler to low and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on each mound of meat. Place in oven, under broiler, for 2 or 3 minutes until the cheese just starts to brown. Remove from oven and garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Serve with additional (warmed) marinara sauce if desired.


Calories: 325kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 1306mg, Potassium: 574mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1992IU, Vitamin C: 82mg, Calcium: 117mg, Iron: 8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Updated from the original post from April 22 2018

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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    What an an amazing meal you guys put together with this one. I can practically taste it by just looking at the gorgeous photos. I love your use of last summer’s tomatoes, what a great idea. I’ll be putting this on our menu this week.