Cheesy Lasagna Stuffed Peppers
Shake up the traditional lasagna package with these hearty Cheesy Lasagna Stuffed Peppers. The stuffed peppers are pretty and so fun to serve!
You know me. I like to shake up the traditional lasagna package by featuring those crave-worthy flavors in a variety of forms:
- Lasagna Soup >>> it’s pretty deliciously famous >>> have you tried it yet?!
- Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup with Chicken and Mushrooms
- Spicy Lasagna Hotdish
And now I’m sharing with you this incredibly tasty recipe for Cheesy Lasagna Stuffed Peppers. Fun to serve and so very pretty, these hearty stuffed peppers would make an excellent main dish alongside a fresh green salad.
* This is a sponsored post, created in partnership with the American Dairy Association Mideast (ADA Mideast).
The holiday season is always an especially wonderful time of year to gather friends and family to share a meal. With Christmas music on, lights twinkling from the tree, and a platter of sweets tempting us with every pass by the buffet, these moments are filled with sparkly comfort.
Dairy foods play a big part in my family’s everyday life, with milk served at nearly every meal, and a variety of cheeses and yogurts always at the ready for meals and snacks.
Did you know?
- Nutritionists recommend three 8-ounce servings of milk a day, rich in high-quality protein and essential nutrients. This equals about a gallon each week. But 46 million Americans – including 12 million children – served by Feeding America only get on average 1 gallon of milk ALL year.
- Milk is the No. 1 nutritious product requested by food bank clients, but it is rarely donated. The Great American Milk Drive is delivering thousands of gallons of milk to families who would otherwise go without. Donate milk this holiday season, and see how much milk has been donated in your state at MilkLife.com/give. A $5 donation gives a gallon of milk to a family in-need.
There’s just something about CHEESE that makes everyone happy. When melted, all gooey and chewy from the oven like in these lasagna stuffed peppers, its delicious playfulness is hard to resist.
In these stuffed peppers, you’ll find three different kinds of cheese that play fantastically together: mozzarella, Parmesan, and ricotta. At the base of the peppers you’ll find a mixture of ricotta and Parmesan, which adds a contrasting, creamy element to the boldness of the lasagna mixture’s marinara and Italian sausage. Then mozzarella is layered with the lasagna mixture and sprinkled over the top, ready for its moment under the broiler to show off its blistered beauty. And to finish the peppers off, a small wedge of Parmesan is grated over the top right before serving.
And while they might seem just a little bit fancy, these cheesy lasagna stuffed peppers are just as welcome for a weeknight meal as they are for a holiday gathering. Make these once, and I know you’ll be making them forever.
Cheesy Lasagna Stuffed Peppers
Yield: 8 servings (2 pepper halves per serving)
- 8 large bell peppers, sliced in half through the stem, seeds and ribs removed
- 6 oz. mafalda pasta (small lasagna noodles)
- 16 oz. mild Italian sausage
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 c. your favorite marinara sauce (I recommend Trader Joe’s Arrabiata Sauce, which has a little kick to it)
- 1 tsp. dried Italian herb mix
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper, divided
- 12 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 8 oz. ricotta cheese
- 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 to 2 oz. Parmesan cheese wedge
- chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Place halved peppers on a large rimmed pan, cut side up. Roast for 30 minutes, or just until nicely softened. Remove from oven. Leave oven at 350° F.
While peppers are roasting, cook mafalda pasta in salted water to just al dente. Drain and set aside.
Also, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and let it brown, breaking it up into bite-size pieces with a spatula. When sausage is about half-way browned, add onion and garlic. Once sausage is browned and onion is softened, drain any excess oil from pan. Stir in marinara sauce, Italian herb mix, and 1/8 teaspoon of the black pepper. Fold in cooked pasta. Once thoroughly heated, turn off heat.
In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, grated Parmesan, kosher salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
Divide ricotta cheese mixture evenly into the bottoms of each of the roasted pepper halves, spreading just a bit. Top ricotta mixture with a layer of pasta/marinara mixture. Aim to use about half of the mixture, snuggling it into the nooks and crannies of the peppers. Then divide 4 ounces of the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top of the pasta/marinara mixture. Divide remaining pasta/marina mixture over the mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining 2 cups of mozzarella, dividing evenly among all the pepper halves. Tent very loosely with a large piece of foil, taking care to not let the foil touch the cheese – this will help any exposed noodles to not get hard and crunchy. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and place baking sheet about 8″ under broiler and broil until cheese is bubbly and golden and a bit blistered. Remove peppers from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving. With a zester/grater, grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the top and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
Here are a few more cheesy recipes you might like:
- Individual Caprese Pasta Salads
- Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese
- MY FAVORITE Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing
- Skillet White Chicken Lasagna from Lemons for LuLu
- White Wine Swiss Cheese Fondue from In Katrina’s Kitchen
- Cheesy Pizza Pinwheels from Inside BruCrew Life
Last fall, I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio as a guest of ADA Mideast to meet up with Ohio and West Virginia dairy farm families. These dairy farms raise more than 275,000 dairy cows on about 2,500 dairy farms, averaging around 645 million gallons of milk each year. To learn more about Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers and follow milk’s journey from farm to fridge, visit Drink-Milk.com.
Help pour it forward this holiday season. ADA Mideast will donate 25 cents, the average cost of 1 glass of milk, to the Great American Milk Drive for every new follower on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram through Wednesday, Dec. 13, up to $2,500. Together, we can give everyone has a glass of milk to drink this holiday season.
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