June 6, 2011

Italian Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Peppers

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While out food shopping, I came across these cute little red peppers that were about 4 inches tall and I couldn't resist myself; I had to pick some up.  I remembered seeing Giada De Laurentiis stuffing mini peppers with ricotta and peas and they looked so tasty, so I got my inspiration from her.  The anchovies give this such a delicious, salty flavor, which is a perfect contrast to the sweet bell pepper and creamy cheese.  

Printable Recipe
  • 4 medium-sized red bell peppers
  • 1 c ricotta 
  • 1/4 c grated Parmesan 
  • 2 (2 oz) cans flat fillet anchovies, minced (If you cannot stomach anchovies, use salt to taste)
  • 1 c frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 c fresh basil, chopped 
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped 
  • Pinch of sugar 
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
  • If not using anchovies, salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  

Cut off the tops of the bell peppers.  Carefully remove the seeds and veins from the inside of each pepper.

Place the peppers in the boiling water for 5 minutes.  Drain and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, anchovies, spinach, basil, parsley and sugar.  Season with pepper.

Scoop the ricotta mixture into each pepper.

Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the peppers are cooked to desired tenderness.



  1. Yum, these look delicious! what a great idea!

  2. Anchovies??? I am so loving this recipe and can't wait to make it for us :)

  3. I love stuffed peppers recipes! There are so many that I've bookmarked! Yours sounds really good with the cheese and spinach! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love stuffed peppers but never this way. Love it!

  5. I'm a cheese lover so this stuffed pepper of deliciousness is right up my alley. They're so pretty too!

  6. I absolutely love stuffed peppers so I definitely need to make these yum!


  7. I feel like you made this just for me. It is so right for my hubby and me. We love ricotta and we love peppers and you guessed it, we love spinach. I am printing this now and getting it into the kitchen to make. Thanks for sharing.

    If you have a minute, would you link this up to My Meatless Mondays? My goal is to make at least one recipe from there, each week and I would love to make this my choice.

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  9. Oh these look so delicious!! I love stuffed peppers. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  10. Perfect .. love the color .. I do a similar filling and stuff in pasta shells.

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  11. What a delicious looking meal! I absolutely love bell peppers, they are so good for you too. It makes me feel extra good about eating them :)


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