Bolognese Stuffed Peppers – A flavorful bolognese inspired filling prepared with ground meat, pancetta, tomato sauce, and seasonings stuffed into bell peppers and roasted to a delicious perfection!
Today, we are looking past the spaghetti and instead, we are adding our bolognese sauce to tender bell peppers. Low carbing it alllll theeee waaaay. Truth be told, it’s almost hard to talk about these stuffed peppers without wanting to gobble up that pic up there. I might like them just a tad bit more than my Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Peppers…
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Enough about me and onto our bolognese stuffed peppers deliciousness right here.
What we have going on up there is a wonderful pan-cooked meaty bolognese filling that’s perfectly spiced, seasoned, and stuffed into tender bell peppers.
Bolognese sauce is a ground beef ragú made with ground meat, pancetta or bacon, onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, wine, and cream. For our version here, I used turkey ground meat and I omitted the cream. A bit of milk works perfectly, or you can also use half and half.
Once our filling is prepared, I stuff it into halved bell peppers and pop ’em in the oven for about 30-ish minutes, or until peppers are tender and the filling is bubbly.
All I can say is; call on all your meat lovers to the table and let’s get ’em on dis stuff, stat!
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A flavorful bolognese inspired filling prepared with ground meat, pancetta or bacon, cheese, and seasonings stuffed into bell peppers and roasted to a delicious perfection!
- 6 bell peppers, any color cut in half lengthwise
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 cup diced carrots
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pound lean ground turkey meat
- 1/2 cup diced pancetta or bacon
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1.5 cups marinara or pasta sauce
- 1/4 cup dry red wine or dark colored juice
- 1/3 cup milk or half and half
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup freshly shaved parmesan cheese (optional) for garnish
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (optional) for garnish
Preheat oven to 375F.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
Add onions, carrots, and celery; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes, or until tender.
Stir in garlic and continue to cook for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
Add ground meat and pancetta or bacon; stir in Italian Seasoning and cook until browned and crumbled.
Stir in marinara sauce and wine, lower heat to medium and simmer for 8 minutes.
Stir in milk or half & half and grated parmesan; continue to simmer for 5 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Place peppers in a baking dish.
Fill each halved pepper with prepared meat sauce.
Drizzle remaining olive oil over each pepper and place in the oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until peppers are tender.
Remove from oven.
Garnish with shavings of parmesan cheese and parsley.
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