Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers With Spinach And Ricotta

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An easy vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe made with spinach and ricotta. This low carb version of my favorite spinach and ricotta stuffed shells recipe also makes a great meal prep recipe!

Two vegetarian stuffed peppers on a plate

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

I love stuffed peppers. I also love stuffed shells. Lately, I’ve been really craving spinach and ricotta stuffed shells but was looking for a low carb alternative. So here it is! Spinach and ricotta stuffed peppers.

This vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe has an Italian flair, less carbs, and more veggies! I’m mixing spinach, ricotta cheese (obviously), red pepper flakes for a little bit of heat, lemon zest for a little tang, among a few other delicious things.

Stuffed peppers in a white pan with tomatoes

It took me a few tries to get this one right because the ingredients in this recipe can expel lots of liquid, which can make everything watery. So, after lots of recipe testing I have finally nailed this one to perfection.

How to make stuffed peppers

This took lots of testing in the kitchen to perfect! The flavor was there, but the consistency just wasn’t. So I played around with baking temps and time in order to produce the best results.

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Here’s the low down:

  • First, bake the peppers and tomatoes at 375 F for 10 minutes in a non-stick oven safe baking dish (this is the one I use). If you want more of a charred look and taste, broil them for about 3-4 minutes instead. While the peppers are baking, sauté the spinach, garlic, and onions.

Sautéed spinach in a pan

  • When the spinach has wilted and the onions are translucent, remove the garlic from the spinach mixture and mince. Return it to the spinach mixture and drain everything really well by placing it in a fine mesh strainer like this one and push the excess water through by gently pressing on the mixture with your fingers.

3 peppers on a marble slab with ricotta on a spoon

  • In a large mixing bowl (these are the ones I love), combine the spinach mixture with ricotta, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, basil, and egg. Then stuff the peppers with the spinach and ricotta mixture, top them with a little parmesan cheese, and bake for about 5 minutes or until the cheese has just melted.

Six vegetarian stuffed peppers in a white pan

What to eat with stuffed peppers

You can serve stuffed peppers as a side or as a main dish. I love to serve mine with a side of farro because it’s a protein rich grain. There are six grams of protein in just 1/4 of a cup of farro.

Stuffed pepper on a plate with farro

If you’re diet is grain free or carb free, you can also eat them as a side dish to your favorite protein like chicken, shrimp, or scallops. Or you can have them as your main dish with a side of broccolini or spaghetti squash!

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Healing superfoods

Bell peppers are one of many anti aging superfoods listed in this book. They recommend eating two cups a day but that’s a lot of peppers for me so as long as I get a few servings a week, I feel good!

For this recipe I used red and orange bell peppers, but you can use green peppers, too.

If you’re looking for new ways to incorporate bell peppers into your diet, try this Mushroom Bolognese or these Sheet Pan Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps. All of these recipes work well for meal prepping!

Mushroom bolognese in a bowl with a fork

Make stuffed peppers ahead of time

Vegetarian stuffed peppers are perfect for serving at a party! You can prep them ahead of time by completing all the steps except the final 5 minute bake to melt the cheese. I like to serve them on a serving serving tray like this one.

Vegetarian stuffed peppers in a white pan

Stuffed pepper meal prep

Stuffed peppers will keep in the fridge for several days, so they make an excellent meal prep option. This recipe yields 4 servings with a total of 8 stuffed peppers. I pack two in each meal prep container to eat for lunch every day.

These are my favorite meal prep containers, I like them so much I have two sets! I also love these meal prep containers because they have 3 compartments to keep everything separate which is great for things like salads, taco bowls, or chili lime pulled chicken bowls.

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Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

An easy vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe with spinach and ricotta. This low carb version of my favorite spinach and ricotta stuffed shells recipe also makes a great meal prep recipe!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Ricotta, Spinach, Stuffed peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 stuffed peppers
Calories 334kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 bell peppers, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 25 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • parmesan cheese, to taste
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Add cherry tomatoes, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper to a 9 x 11 inch oven safe baking dish. Toss them in the pan to combine. Then place peppers in the pan and bake for 10 minutes.*
  • While the tomatoes and peppers are cooking, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté spinach, garlic, and onions until spinach has wilted. Separate the garlic cloves from the spinach and mince. Then drain the spinach well and combine with the garlic in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add ricotta, red pepper flakes, egg, basil, and lemon zest to the mixing bowl with the spinach mixture and combine.
  • After baking the peppers and tomatoes, remove them and stuff each pepper with the spinach and ricotta mixture. Top each pepper with about half a tablespoon of shredded parmesan cheese.
  • Place the stuffed peppers in the oven and bake for about 5 minutes, just until the cheese on top has melted. Don't bake them too long or they will become watery inside!

Notes

*If you want more of a charred look and taste, broil the tomatoes and peppers for about 3-4 minutes before stuffing them instead.
Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 345mg10%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 2665IU53%
Vitamin C 8.5mg10%
Calcium 391mg39%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Author: JZ Eats

Eating is my hobby, cooking is my passion. Sharing easy to follow recipes from my kitchen.

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