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Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers in Mediterranean Tomato Sauce

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The first time I ate stuffed bell peppers was nearly twelve years ago, on Christmas Day, 2006. And it was the only thing I ate that day.

To cut a long story short, we had been invited to a Christmas Day BBQ next to Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia, and it was too much of a cool opportunity to pass up. Off we went and happily paid the suggested $20 to support the BBQ hosters.

As I went to grab my food, I realised what we’d been invited to. A seafood BBQ! Even in my meat-eating days (why I gave up meat) I was no fish fan, and shrimps on a barbie certainly held no appeal.

The only item that wasn’t slathered in fish was…you guessed it – a stuffed bell pepper. So I ate it. And another. And that, was Christmas Day dinner.

It was a great day. The $20 also covered as much beer as I wanted. ‘Nuff said, really.

Anyway, back to the bell peppers, and how to make them. They’re EASYYYYYY!

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How to make easy stuffed bell peppers

Lop the top off and you’re good to go. Pretty much everything else gets chopped up and thrown inside.

One memory that stayed with me strongly from my first eating of stuffed bell peppers was that they can get very dry (even with unlimited beer).

We’re going to cook our bell peppers in a simple yet tasty tomato sauce that keeps the peppers moist and elevates this recipe from being merely good, to fantastic.

Anything else I should know?

A stuffed bell pepper is a packed nutrient bomb!

Peppers themselves are full of vitamins like A, B and C. Zucchini and tomatoes bring the potassium and manganese, the vitamin K and the antioxidant benefits. Mozzarella, olives, and pine nuts bring healthy fats, complete proteins (see our high-protein meal plan) and a whole lot of taste.

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We prefer rice as the perfect side-kick to these lovely peppers, though you can use whatever you fancy (or have to hand). Roast potatoes, fresh baguette – pick your fave!

And finally – you can freeze these easy stuffed bell peppers if you want to make a bigger batch and save time in the future!

Cook any you want to freeze without the tomato sauce. When you’re ready to reheat the frozen bell peppers, simply make the sauce, pop in the peppers and reheat in the oven until hot through (about twenty minutes).

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Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers in Mediterranean Tomato Sauce
4.82 from 11 votes
Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers baked in a delicious tomato sauce – foolproof instructions and packed with vitamins and nutrients – bring the health back!
Diet: egg-free, gluten-free
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:40 minutes
Total Time:55 minutes


For the bell peppers

For the sauce

On the side


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.

For the bell peppers

  • Cut the top off the bell peppers. Scoop out the seeds and white bits.
  • Dice the zucchini, dried tomatoes, olives, spring onion and garlic.
  • Also, slice off any extra bell pepper from the tops and use, you’re not going to need those again. Throw everything into a bowl.
  • Dice the mozzarella and add half to the bowl keeping the rest as a topping.
  • Drizzle olive oil into the mix. Add the chopped basil and salt and pepper. Give it all a good stir.
  • Add the mix back inside the peppers. When full, layer over the rest of the mozzarella. If it doesn’t all fit, don’t panic. You can add any leftovers to the sauce.
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  • Sprinkle the pine nuts over the top.
    Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers in Mediterranean tomato sauce - bell peppers are ready for baking #sugar #basil |

For the sauce

  • In a small casserole dish pour in the tomato passata, sugar, salt and pepper. Have any filling left that didn’t fit? Add it to the sauce and mix well.
  • Now place the bell peppers upright in the sauce. Off it goes into the oven for about 40 minutes. Bigger peppers might need a bit longer, and smaller peppers, less time.


  • Use the baking time to cook the rice, according to packet instructions.
  • After 40 minutes, all will be ready. Enjoy!


Don’t be scared about a long looking list of ingredients. This dish is mega easy to make. Same goes for the instructions – the steps are really simple!
Nutri card: rice and any sauce in the pan is included.


Nutrition Facts
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. 5 stars
    So good and so easy!

    1. Great to hear they turned out tasty, Seena!!

  2. 5 stars
    thanks for the awesome, delicious, and easy to follow recipe!

    1. Happy to hear it, Frances! Really glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Hi, I downloaded the Weight Loss plan and am really excited by it – each meal looks so yummy. However i cannot eat bell peppers. Would you have a suggestion on what I can use instead of bell peppers or a different recipe to substitute it all together?

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Natasha! Apologies for the slow reply, we’ve had a hectic few days! I’m glad you like the look of the meal plan so far. As fas as the peppers go, I think they’re quite hard to replace – I’d suggest this recipe instead: It’s a ricotta bake and it’s super quick and definitely tasty. If you make the ‘no oil’ version (see notes) it weighs in at around the same amount of kcals and would fit into the meal plan very well :). I hope that helps, enjoy! Dave

  4. 5 stars
    These are very yummy. Just a couple of comments – where it says a “ball of mozzarella” I had to guess how much. Is a ball an actual standard size in some countries? (I am in Australia). Also you don’t specify what type of olives, I used kalamata. Next time I will add a finely chopped chilli to the filling mix. Also change to half mozzarella and half parmesan for a bit of extra flavour. But overall these are delicious!! I served them with rice and some broccoli. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Hi Liz! And thanks for the feedback. You’re right, we could be a little more specific about the mozzarella, will change that. In Europe it seems to be pretty regular size, but of course that may well not be the same everywhere. With the olives, I’d just say whichever you like most/have best access to. I also like kalamata olives, though Spanish green are my faves 🙂

      The chilli sounds excellent! Parmesan would be too, I’m sure. For us it’s a no – parmesan is not vegetarian in Europe (it contains calf rennet) but often in the US it’s made with artificial rennet. Maybe it’s the same in Oz (if that’s important to you).

      Really happy you enjoyed it, Liz!

    2. Hello there,
      I have down loaded the veggie weight loss plan and it shows a serving of this recipe AND a slice of bread as a 450 kcal meal. This link says one serving of recipe (no bread) is 941.

      1. Hi Robin! Thanks for the heads up. We did double-check that recipes just days ago and miscalculated the nutrition facts a bit. So in total it equals 724kcal per person INCL(!) the rice. To make it more wl friendly you can swap the rice for a slice of bread saving you roughly 70 kcal. Then it’s a satisfying dinner suitable for a weight loss diet. We’ll have to update the meal plan though, thank you!!

        1. Currently the recipe shows 529 calories, does this include the rice? If so, how many calories are being allocated to the rice? And does the calorie estimate include any sauce scooped up from the bottom of the pan?

          1. Hi Rosie, I’ve double-checked the nutrition card and the calories went up by 40. Yes, it includes the brown rice and all the sauce from the bottom of the pan 🙂
            Will make that recipe soon as well, looking forward to it!