Stuffed Sweet Peppers Recipe
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Stuffed Sweet Peppers Recipe

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Italian sausage and feta cheese give zest to the rice filling in these tender peppers I've prepared often over the years. When I was married in 1970, slow cookers were the rage. In our home, it's one appliance that's never gone out of style. —Judy Earl, Sarasota, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 3 medium sweet red peppers
  • 2 medium sweet yellow peppers
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 3/4 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 3/4 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 292 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 1182mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 17g protein


  1. Cut tops off peppers; chop tops and set aside. Discard stems and seeds; set pepper cups aside. Set aside 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce; pour the remaining sauce into a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sausage, rice, cheese, onion, tomato, parsley, olives, garlic powder, salt, Italian seasoning, pepper flakes and reserved chopped peppers and spaghetti sauce. Spoon into peppers.
  3. Transfer peppers to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until sausage is no longer pink and peppers are tender. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Stuffed Sweet Peppers in Quick Cooking July/August 1999, p44

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"These are wonderful!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013


Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"This was a truly amazing stuffed pepper. Added a bit more sausage and used raisins intead of chopped tomato's. OUTSTANDING..!! This recipe reminded me of a pepper I had in Sorrento Italy and tasted better."

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"I haven't made this recipe yet but have a question: Do the peppers cook in the spaghetti sauce that has been placed in the 5 qt slow cooker? I've never made stuffed peppers before."

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"thank you tinaguerr. I too noticed the 5 & 3 quart difference. I will use the 5 quart as you suggested. Recipe sounds great."

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