Pizza-Stuffed Bell Peppers Are the Best Reason to Eat Your Vegetables

If one thing is certain, it's humanity's endless capacity for pizza-related innovation. Case in point: Someone decided it would be appropriate to create a pizza ATM, for all your late-night pizza cravings -- and for the classier lot, there's a pizza topped with 24-karat gold. But if you fall somewhere in between (read: you're a normal human being) and striving for slightly healthier dietary habits, we have a feeling you'll love these pizza-stuffed bell peppers by our friends at Food Steez. It still counts as a vegetable, and you can still get your pizza fix. Here's how to make 'em. 

Pizza-Stuffed Bell Peppers

  • 3 small bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange)
  • 12 ounces ground Italian sausage
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 14 ounces pizza sauce, of your choice
  • ½ cup mini pepperoni
  • ¼ cup basil, chiffonade
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Dice half of a red onion. Cut the tops off all 3 bell peppers and remove seeds inside.
  • In a lightly oiled saucepan over medium heat, combine the minced garlic and chopped onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until fragrant, and add the Italian sausage. Cook until fully browned before adding salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Coat a small baking dish with cooking oil or nonstick spray and add the hollowed out peppers. Fill each pepper ¾  of the way with the sausage mixture, followed 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce, 2 slices of mozzarella, and the mini pepperonis.
  • Place the dish in the oven for 8-10 minutes (or until the mozzarella has fully melted).
  • Remove the peppers from the oven and baking dish. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and basil chiffonade, and serve.

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