Growing up, my mom made stuffed peppers pretty often. Hers were usually whole bell peppers, stuffed with rice, ground beef, and some kind of tomato sauce. They were so much a part of our regular rotation that I absolutely hated them. They were always overcooked or undercooked, never an enjoyable texture. I think I actually hated bell peppers for a long time because of that particular meal. It got to the point that I would just empty the pepper of its stuffing and discard it completely.
Oh, I’ve tried to get on board. I’ve only made stuffed peppers a handful of times as an adult and they just never turned out great. Until now. For me, I can say that halving the pepper lengthwise and using the peppers as boats instead of urns makes all the difference. That and an amazing low-carb stuffing.
Sausage, Goat Cheese, & Arugula Stuffed Peppers (original recipe from Cook Like A Champion)
- 2 medium bell peppers
- half an onion, diced
- 2/3 lb. hot Italian sausage (use whatever sausage you want!), no casing
- 2 oz. soft goat cheese
- 2 handfuls arugula
- salt, pepper, olive oil
- Parmesan Reggiano to garnish
Preheat the oven to 400*F and sautee onion in about 1 T. olive oil until translucent. Then, add the sausage and cook until browned and crumbly. While the sausage is cooking, slice the bell peppers in half lengthwise to remove stems and seeds.
When the sausage is browned, add the goat cheese and arugula. Mix until the goat cheese is combined and the arugula has wilted.
I didn’t add any salt or pepper until the arugula is wilted and I can taste the actual mixture. Here is where you can season it to your taste! I used fresh ground pepper, sea salt, and some crushed red pepper flakes because I like a little heat.
Once seasonsed, spoon the mixture into the bell pepper boats and top with the smallest amount of Parmesan Reggiano.
I baked mine for about 18 minutes – until the peppers were soft, not mushy and not crunchy!
Yes in every single way. The only reason I see to eat low-carb dinner is to save room for the most important carb.
Oh and before we move on, I just wanted to share how amazing a one pot dish is for clean-up:
Since I have the absolute best customers in the world, I got this piece of majestic art as a tip earlier in the week! I knew I had to get it extra cold and save it for the hottest, muggiest day of the week – which was most definitely yesterday.
(Disclaimer: No, I wasn’t prompted to blog about this or even mention it!)
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