Hot Sausage Stuffed Peppers! This is definitely a recipe that takes me back to my childhood. Although, my Mom typically used green peppers. Which, as a child, I loathed. If you love Stuffed Bell Peppers, try this recipe! I love the sweet, mild flavor a Cubanelle pepper brings to my version. This is rather a simple recipe, just takes a bit more time to prepare.
In addition to time, filling the peppers can get a bit messy. However, I can assure you that the mess will all be worth it in the end! Cubanelle peppers should be relatively easy to find in your local grocery store and are typically available year-round. Yes, this recipe will also work with bell peppers.
The suggested baking time below will yield a tender pepper with a slight crunch. If you prefer your peppers a bit softer, bake for at least another five minutes, or so.
HOW TO PREPARE SAUSAGE STUFFED PEPPERS
Place the sausage links in a pan to brown. I have tried so many brands of sausage. My go to are these hot sausage links from Johnsonville. Rinse the Cubanelle peppers, cut off tops and clean the ribs and seeds from inside. Try to find peppers with no curve. Once the sausages are browned, remove from pan and drain excess grease.
In the same pan, add the ground meat and cook until browned. Add the green pepper and tomato sauce and allow to cook for about ten minutes. Add the browned sausage back to the pan and allow to cook for another five minutes.
Here’s where the messy part comes into play. Take a sausage link out of the pan and place onto a dish, cut to fit inside the pepper. Place a small spoonful of sauce inside the pepper. Place the cut sausage inside the pepper. If the pepper is on the larger side, you may need to add a bit more sausag. Stuff the sides with a few strips of mozzarella cheese inside. String cheese from Galbani works great. Fill with a touch more sauce. Continue filling the remaining peppers.
Grab a nonstick baking pan and line the bottom with a bit of the sauce. Add the sausage stuffed peppers to the pan and cover each with sauce. Cover with foil and bake at 365 degrees for about fifteen minutes. Remove foil and top with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Broil until the cheese turns brown. You can use the remaining sauce with your favorite pasta as a side dish.
Serve alone or with a side of pasta or mashed potatoes. ENJOY!
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