Italian-Style Stuffed Red Peppers

Here's the Dish

I love the taste of  marinara and spaghetti sauce, but the only problem is most meals that use a delicious red sauce are heavy pasta dishes. I decided to change that when I made my favorite ‘turkey meat sauce’ by stuffing it in a red pepper, which I had a feeling would pair well with the tomatoes in the sauce. These stuffed red peppers turned out even better than I had imagined, and they ended up being my lunch for the next three days in a row!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 35-40 Minutes.


Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil, (for easy clean up), coat with non-stick cooking spray. Wash red peppers, and cut around the stem to remove.


Remove the stems.


Cut peppers in half length-wise, and remove the seeds and ribs inside the peppers. Set peppers on baking pan.


Meanwhile, cook ground turkey in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Stir and break up the turkey while it’s cooking. When turkey is almost completely cooked through, add the sauce and seasonings to the pan. Stir and continue to cook until the turkey is completely cooked (when it is no longer pink).  Add the spinach and parmesan and stir until everything is well combined.


Scoop 1/2 cup of the turkey mixture into each pepper.


Sprinkle 1 tbs parmesan over each pepper (or another low fat shredded cheese, such as mozzarella).


Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until cheese is melted, and lightly golden brown.


Remove from the oven, let cool, and enjoy!!!


1 lbLean ground turkey (Or lean ground beef)
3Red bell peppers
2 cups Spaghetti sauce
1 tsp Basil/oregano seasoning (or any blend of italian herbs)
1tspGarlic powder (or 1 garlic clove, pressed)
1/2 tsp Salt and pepper
1/2 cup Frozen chopped spinach (or veggie of choice) or (de-thawed and squeezed dry with paper towel)
2 tbs Grated parmesan cheese + 6 tbs to garnish over the top of each pepper
Optional1 tsp (or 1 packet) low calorie sweetener of choice to put in the sauce (I like my sauce slightly sweet)

Katie's Tip!

Peppers stay good in a Tupperware container in the fridge for up to one week! (They freeze well too - which makes for a great quick and healthy meal!)

Nutrition Breakdown

170 Calories Per Serving
8 g Fat
10 g Carbohydrate
3 g Fiber
2 g Sugar
19 g Protein
5 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Dany said:

That look sooo delicious!

June 16th, 2011 — 7:07am  |  Reply

Missy said:

Another winner!! I love red bell peppers so these are on my list!

We aren’t Parmesan fans – do you think mozzarella would work?


June 16th, 2011 — 7:35am  |  Reply

Alex said:

I use parmesan just in the mix, and put mozzarella on top, they turned out great! I also bake mine for about 45 minutes instead, just because we like our peppers more tender. But this is a winner! It turned my boyfriend into a turkey-meat lover!

August 10th, 2015 — 1:24pm  | 

lisa said:

mmm! stuffed peppers! reminds me of when I was a little girl, my mother used to make those on special occasions! Yours look delish- Im gonna have to give these a try!
and I like my sauce slightly sweet too :)

June 16th, 2011 — 8:55am  |  Reply

alex said:

ha! I am working on a post about stuffed peppers I just made! I love how you added spinach, I’ll do that next time. I use a can of diced tomatoes in mine!

June 16th, 2011 — 11:12am  |  Reply

Jenn said:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! (its technically about 41 minutes away now, but thought I would throw that out there!) I hope you day is FABULOUS! and you eat lots of yummy food to celebrate! Maybe get in a nice nap and do something fun with your husband as well? Have a great day Katie!

June 16th, 2011 — 9:21pm  |  Reply

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said:

Wow these look incredible! Another great recipe I need to try. :-)

June 17th, 2011 — 6:40pm  |  Reply

Cara said:

Wow those look great! Your pictures are beautiful! I can’t wait to make these when I get home :)

June 21st, 2011 — 3:01am  |  Reply

Mesh said:

Looks amazing! Will work great for a healthy lunch. Thanks for sharing!

June 21st, 2011 — 7:34am  |  Reply

Angela said:

I have been following you for a couple of years now and I have used SO many of your recipes and have told all of my friends about your blog! We all are in love. So first of all thank you very much! Secondly, I have made these twice this week. I might be a bit obsessed! Happy Late Birthday!

June 23rd, 2011 — 2:47pm  |  Reply

Shay said:

I am so happy I found your website. I made these peppers for supper last night and they were amazing! I didn’t have ground turkey, so I used meatless Boca crumbles and my husband couldn’t even tell. We were both very thrilled with this meal. Can’t wait to eat my leftovers at lunch!!

June 28th, 2011 — 7:38am  |  Reply

Ashley said:

Thanks so much for posting this recipe! My hubby doesn’t eat any type of vegetable (I cut him some slack–he tries sometimes but just can’t stomach it [I blame his upbringing]), and the fact that these are stuffed with spaghetti sauce makes it super easy for me to just cook up some noodles for him and make the stuffed pepper version for myself! Not only that, but I get to hog all the leftovers. I’ll see what the kids choose to eat. :)

June 28th, 2011 — 10:45am  |  Reply

Honna said:

Tried these tonight…so good! Thanks :) And did the 10 minute taco salad last night, both huge hits with me and the fiance!! So glad to have found your blog.

July 5th, 2011 — 7:13pm  |  Reply

Rox said:

Hana- I can’t find the 10 minute taco salad recipe. Can. You direct me to where it is? Thanks so much!

September 1st, 2013 — 12:51pm  | 

Kaitlyn said:

Heg Katie! These were absolutely delicious! I was curious, do you have a favorite spaghetti sauce that you use for recipes like this?

July 7th, 2011 — 8:22pm  |  Reply

Stacey said:

Made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious! I will definitely be making them again soon! Thank you for the recipe!

July 14th, 2011 — 5:04pm  |  Reply

Sasha said:

I could have sworrrrnnn id commented on these when i first saw them, obviously getting old before my time! Anyway, these look absolutely gorgeous and im a massive stuffed pepper fan so it would be nice to follow a recipe in the knowledge the end result is yummy AND healthy! These are on the list to make already and hopefully will be making an appearance very soon, wonderful as always! :)

July 15th, 2011 — 3:58am  |  Reply

Maddie said:

I made these a couple weeks ago when we were house sitting for my parents & they were delicious. My husband loved them! He even asked for me to use the meat sauce recipe the next time I make regular pasta. I left two in the fridge for my parents and they ate them the night they got home and both loved them! Thanks for your recipes and all the pictures to go with!

July 15th, 2011 — 8:22pm  |  Reply

Katie said:

Well, if you ate them for 3 days in a row without tiring of them, I guess I’d better make these soon! :)

July 17th, 2011 — 3:06pm  |  Reply

Jenny Roberts said:

Made the chicken enchiladas Sunday night and we are officially craving them again. Trying these tonight, though, and super excited. Thank you!

July 19th, 2011 — 1:12pm  |  Reply

Felice said:

Made these tonight and they were delicious. Even my dad liked them, and he doesn’t like anything without beef or lots of butter. I couldn’t believe how filling they were though; none of us could eat more than one half-pepper. How would you recommend re-heating them?

July 19th, 2011 — 7:56pm  |  Reply

Priyanka said:

Lovely recipe and beautiful pics :)

July 20th, 2011 — 10:27am  |  Reply

Donna said:

This recipe looks delicious just like every other recipe I have tried of yours! You do such an amazing job and I have recommended your website to many people.

I had one question about the serving size. I noticed that the recipe makes 6 stuffed pepper halves and the serving says 1 stuffed pepper has 170 calories. Does that mean 1 pepper half has 170 calories or one whole pepper has 170 calories? Your picture has 2 halves so I was hoping that was the serving size but not sure.

July 25th, 2011 — 10:05am  |  Reply

Erin said:

I was wondering the same thing…no serving size listed. I guess we’ll never know since there was no reply.

April 5th, 2014 — 10:52am  | 

Dashing Dish said:

its in the nutrition :) its 1/2 pepper per serving

April 5th, 2014 — 10:02pm  | 

Donna said:

Perfect thanks for replying and keep doing what you do :) My husband and I love trying new recipes and your site is definitely a go to. I also love reading all of your blogs, they are very inspirational and encouraging…thanks for sharing and God bless!

July 28th, 2011 — 12:47pm  |  Reply

Becky P said:

These look amazing and my husband loves stuffed peppers – he probably wouldn’t even notice that they are good for you! What do you eat with the peppers – they always seem like a complete meal that I never know what to serve with them. I can’t wait to try them (so geeked that I found your site)!

August 19th, 2011 — 12:30pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

I made these this evening, and they were delicious! They were also very pretty.

August 31st, 2011 — 6:16pm  |  Reply

Lana said:

Just made these and they turned out so great, and so pretty too! I couldn’t believe how quick and easy this was to make, and how filling it was- had a bowl of soup and just one 1/2 pepper and I was stuffed! Didn’t have any spinach on hand so I used broccoli and lettuce instead, and added some extra spices to the meat sauce mixture.
All in all, a wonderful nutritious recipe, definitely a keeper :)

January 22nd, 2012 — 8:26am  |  Reply

Melissa Smithing said:

Yummy! These were absolutely delicious! I’m looking forward to eating another for lunch tomo. Great idea! My hubby loved them as well :)

January 30th, 2012 — 6:23pm  |  Reply

Melissa Smithing said:

Yummy! These were absolutely delicious! I’m looking forward to eating another for lunch tomo. Great idea! My hubby loved them as well :)

January 30th, 2012 — 6:23pm  |  Reply

Sue said:

Ran into this on Pinterest. Great recipe! I added a few more veggies. The whole family just loved it! Thanks

February 20th, 2012 — 5:24pm  |  Reply

Winnie said:

We made these tonight and they were delicious. Had them with a salad and garlic toast. Next time will probably add a little crushed red peppers. Thanks for a great recipe!

March 4th, 2012 — 5:34pm  |  Reply

Jacqueline said:

I made this tonight and it was delicious! I served it with steamed green beans and brown rice. Will definitely make again.

March 19th, 2012 — 5:07pm  |  Reply

Holly said:

Made this tonight, and it was delicious! I added some mozzarella cheese on top, and that added a nice touch.

March 20th, 2012 — 4:04pm  |  Reply

Karrie said:

Fabulous recipe! Thanks!

March 22nd, 2012 — 1:36pm  |  Reply

Jessica said:

Is it 5 points for 1/2 a pepper? or is it 5 points fo 2 halves (sooo 1 whole pepper?) Thanks!

March 25th, 2012 — 10:13am  |  Reply

Jessica said:

Thank you! Making them tonight :)

March 30th, 2012 — 4:08pm  |  Reply

Rebecca L. Myers said:

The recipe was wonderful, but for those of us following a low carb way of eating, a carb count would be extremely welcome and helpful.

March 31st, 2012 — 2:57am  |  Reply

Jessica said:

Thank you again! They were DELICIOUS! I used lean turkey and light mozzarella instead of the parm and cut the points down to 7pt+ per WHOLE pepper! It was awesome! I think based on your own ingredients at home (sauce etc) you have to check the points values yourself…I had a whole pepper and was “stuffed” lol!

March 31st, 2012 — 11:52am  |  Reply

patti said:

how many points for this recipe if you are using the old points system?

April 9th, 2012 — 7:31pm  |  Reply

Michelle said:

These look great! Can’t wait to make them!!

April 11th, 2012 — 10:18am  |  Reply

katm said:

These look amazing and I want to make them tonight. But am confused, the pics look like you put the meat in pepper raw but then the recipe says to precook it.

April 12th, 2012 — 10:55am  |  Reply

Ashley Scott said:

I subbed soy protein for the ground turkey, and used pureed diced tomatoes instead of spaghetti sauce… and still soooo good!

April 26th, 2012 — 5:02pm  |  Reply

Lisa Bostick said:

This recipe is amazing!!!

April 30th, 2012 — 2:31pm  |  Reply

Megan said:

These were amazing!! Another healthy family favorite!!

June 1st, 2012 — 12:22am  |  Reply

Monica Wieneke said:

Made these tonight and they were a hit with the whole family (hubby, 15 month old and almost 3 year old). I used shredded yellow squash instead of the spinach because I had some in the freezer. Only think I would do different next time is boil the peppers for about 5 minutes before filling and baking. Other stuffed pepper recipes I have used call for this step and I prefer the more well done pepper, especially for my 15 month old.

June 6th, 2012 — 8:38pm  |  Reply

Megan Link said:

These were by far one my favorite recipes I have made in a very long time. I wish I made more than 6…or atleast have not shared my leftovers! They were so simple and incredibly tasty. Thank you!

June 12th, 2012 — 2:39pm  |  Reply

Artchoo said:

These were so amazingly delicious and easy! I refuse to make anything for dinner if it takes me more than an hour, so I tried these. Everybody loved them (my daughter ate the filling only….). Great recipe.

June 12th, 2012 — 8:23pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

Katie, these are one of our favorite meals! I have them multiple times over the past few months and my husband always looks so delighted when he takes his first bite and of course I am too… the roasted pepper with the meat sauce is SO sweet and tart and delicious. They are all prepped and in the fridge ready to back later and my mouth is watering. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

July 2nd, 2012 — 6:06pm  |  Reply

John Swift said:

print this

August 9th, 2012 — 1:54pm  |  Reply

Sherree said:

This was my first time having stuffed peppers and they were absolutely delicious!!!! I am in luv with this site!

October 11th, 2012 — 8:59pm  |  Reply

Chrissy Gibson said:

these are soooooo yummy!!!!!! delish!!!

November 20th, 2012 — 1:13pm  |  Reply

Scott said:

The ingredient list had me thinking “lasagna” so I added a half cup of low fat ricotta cheese to the filling. I also skipped the sweetener and used ground beef instead of turkey but otherwise followed the recipe (I was able to fill 4 peppers).

This was delicious and I’ll make it the same way again, though my version probably has more calories, and from fat.

April 22nd, 2013 — 10:25pm  |  Reply

Dru said:

This was the first dinner on the Month Menu. We are so excited for the rest! My husband is actually HELPING! :)

June 30th, 2013 — 7:31pm  |  Reply

Pam said:

I have several red peppers from my garden. I am making this tonight. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

October 5th, 2013 — 6:16pm  |  Reply

Jeanina said:

Superb! This is an easy protein and nutrient-packed dinner for my family. My eight-year-old is a bit “leary” of peppers in their whole/half state so I served her this yummy sauce over Barila Plus pasta. YUM!

October 8th, 2013 — 10:03am  |  Reply

Cathy said:

I made this for my kids and me. They are rather fussy eaters and are not crazy about peppers, but they did enjoy these stuffed peppers. Mostly ate the filing, but did their best to eat the peppers too. I added a bit more parmesan to the meat mixture, and sprinkled the top with mozzarella and parmesan. I did use jarred sauce per the recipe, although I make my own sauce. One big adjustment I made was the temperature. 450 was just too high. I cooked my peppers at 350 for 20 minutes. I definitely will make this again. I may even try to use the meat mixture to fill pasta shells instead of peppers.

November 3rd, 2013 — 10:10pm  |  Reply

Stacey said:

Wow these were incredible! So far my favorite dish!!! I take the leftovers and chop it up and cook it than mix in some egg whites! Such a great yummy breakfast! Thanks again Katie!!

November 26th, 2013 — 1:55pm  |  Reply

Grace said:

These were awesome! I added grilled onions and it tasted great!

January 26th, 2014 — 10:35pm  |  Reply

Jessica Grande said:

These were delicious! They were very satisfying, I was not missing the usual rice and ground beef I associate with stuffed peppers. They were great for lunch the next day as well. Thanks for a healthy, delicious, and filling meal!

March 7th, 2014 — 9:11am  |  Reply

Kay said:

Amazing! I added crushed pepper flakes for a little kick and everyone loved it! I served it with rice and veggies my 14 month old loved it which was a pleasant surprise!

July 23rd, 2014 — 7:07pm  |  Reply

Nancy said:

I am just now starting to make stuffed peppers. I noticed in reading the comments that no one substituted green peppers. Has anyone tried this recipe with green? Is there a difference?

October 16th, 2014 — 12:42pm  |  Reply

Terri said:

What is a serving size for 5 points ?

May 7th, 2015 — 7:50pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

mozzarella would be amazing missy! :)

June 16th, 2011 — 10:37am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

lisa..looks like we have similar tastes! :)

June 16th, 2011 — 10:37am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks dany

June 16th, 2011 — 10:37am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you sooo much jenn! :) i’ll do all of the above i think! :)

June 17th, 2011 — 3:57am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

nice alex! :)

June 17th, 2011 — 3:58am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks mesh!

June 21st, 2011 — 10:18am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks so much cara! i’ll tell my hubby (the photog) that you like the pics! :)

June 21st, 2011 — 10:19am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

so glad you liked them shay! thanks for stopping by to let me know! :)

June 28th, 2011 — 8:25am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hey kaitlyn! thanks for the wonderful feedback! :) i actually just tend to pick out a different one every time i’m shopping, but i like ones with about 50 cals/half cup! :)

July 7th, 2011 — 9:09pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you for the wonderful feedback maddie! :)

July 15th, 2011 — 8:23pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

yeah! :) let me know how you like them jenny! :)

July 19th, 2011 — 2:56pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you so much donna!!! what an amazing compliment! :) thank you for sharing my site with your friends as well! :)

1/2 of a pepper is 170…that means 2 pepper halves are 340…a perfect amount of VERY FILLING calories for a meal! :)

July 25th, 2011 — 4:02pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you so much donna! :)

July 28th, 2011 — 4:28pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

nutrition info and ww points is for 1/2 a pepper! :) they are VERY filling though!

March 25th, 2012 — 11:00am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hmm…sorry about if thats confusing, but the meat is cooked in the pictures! :) so yes, be sure to pre-cook the meat!

April 12th, 2012 — 12:06pm  |  Reply

Arika said:

Delish! I actually subbed some of the ground turkey for italian turkey sausage and added diced zucchini and yellow squash. Great dinner…and enough for lunch the next day!!

September 19th, 2012 — 4:01pm  |  Reply

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