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Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers

These Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers taste straight out of Tuscany with fresh herbs, creamy ricotta, and sharp parmesan. Ready in about 30 minutes (with just 5 minutes of hands-on time), they’re a simple side dish that packs a punch of flavor. (Thank you to Soft Surroundings for sponsoring this post!)

Stuffed peppers on a cutting board surrounded by herbs - These Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers taste straight out of Tuscany with fresh herbs, creamy ricotta, and sharp parmesan.

For someone who loves Italy and Italian food, there’s a severe lack of Italian food here on Live Eat Learn. I mean we’ve made risotto and obviously pizza, but I’ve always been a bit anxious to dive into real Italian food. Because I got the feeling that it wouldn’t even come close to replicating the amazing tastes you get when you’re actually in Italy. I guess I thought real Italian food could only be food you eat in Italy, ya know? As it turns out, I was terribly wrong.

Italian food draws on simple flavors and ingredients, meaning you actually can create some amazing Italian dishes in your kitchen. A revelation I made after flipping through the Tuscan Sun Cookbook. I got this cookbook, written by Frances Mayes (author to the infamous Under the Tuscan Sun), from Soft Surroundings.

Soft Surroundings, if you haven’t heard of them, are the place to go for all sorts of everyday luxury products. I’m talking clothes, jewelry, bedding. Basically, they work to make “treat yo self” a way of life. They recently launched a travel section to their website, featuring a place near and dear to my heart (and belly)…Tuscany! Head over to their travel section to check out their spring and summer products (which range from beauty to clothes to cookbooks!) Or browse their store locator to find a shop near you.

Tuscan Sun Cookbook on a cutting board surrounded by ingredients - These Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers taste straight out of Tuscany with fresh herbs, creamy ricotta, and sharp parmesan.

When Soft Surroundings asked me to share a recipe from the Tuscan Sun Cookbook on the blog, obviously I was all hands-down-yes-please-lets-do-this. Because is there anything I love more than Italian food, cookbooks, travel, and online shopping? No friends, there is not. So today I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes from Frances Mayes’ cookbook (though it was hard to choose just one) (and I definitely considered sharing a whole Italian style meal so as not to have to pick favorites.)

But these Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers stood out to me. They have an herb-packed ingredients list that balances perfectly with fresh grated parmesan and ricotta. You’ll essentially just mix it all together, stuff into peppers, and bake! In half an hour your home will smell like a Tuscan cottage. Sound good? Let’s cook.

These Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers taste straight out of Tuscany with fresh herbs, creamy ricotta, and sharp parmesan. Rainbow vegetables on a cutting board - These Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers taste straight out of Tuscany with fresh herbs, creamy ricotta, and sharp parmesan. These Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers taste straight out of Tuscany with fresh herbs, creamy ricotta, and sharp parmesan.

These Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers taste straight out of Tuscany with fresh herbs, creamy ricotta, and sharp parmesan.
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Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers

These Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers taste straight out of Tuscany with fresh herbs, creamy ricotta, and sharp parmesan. Ready in about 30 minutes (with just 5 minutes of hands-on time), they're a simple side dish that packs a punch of flavor.

Course Main Dishes, Side Dishes
Diet Vegetarian
Occasion Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day
Time 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 260 kcal
Author Frances & Edward Mayes

Ingredients

  • 5 yellow or red bell peppers
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 30 mL
  • 2 cups whole milk ricotta 453 g
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced green onions about 4 green onions
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 handful flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • 1 Tbsp each: fresh mint, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan 56 g
  • 1 tsp fennel flowers optional
  • 2 Tbsp breadcrumbs combined with a dash of oil

Instructions

  1. Char Peppers (optional): For a smokier flavor, quickly char peppers on the grill of open-flame stovetop (if you have access to these; if not, just skip this step). Cool then peel off blackened skin.

  2. Prep Peppers: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). Cut peppers in half lengthwise, removing seeds and ribs. Brush peppers all over with olive oil. 

  3. Stuff Peppers: In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, basil, onions, herbs, salt, and pepper. Beat in the eggs and parmesan. Fill peppers with the mixture and top wth fennel flowers and breadcrumb mixture. Bake for 30 minutes, or until ricotta is set and breadcrumbs are golden.

Nutrition Facts
Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 154
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.1g 26%
Saturated Fat 7.2g 36%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 671mg 28%
Potassium 423mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 15.5g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6.8g
Protein 14g 28%
Calcium 21%
Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cookbook with peppers on a white background - These Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers taste straight out of Tuscany with fresh herbs, creamy ricotta, and sharp parmesan.

Thanks again to Soft Surroundings for sponsoring this post! Thanks for supporting Live Eat Learn and for making recipes like these Herby Ricotta Stuffed Peppers possible!

Comments (28)

  1. slope says:

    Well, this is my first visit to your blog! Your blog provided us valuable information .You have done a marvelous job

  2. Melanie says:

    I love stuffed peppers and these look delicious!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Melanie! 😀

  3. Annie Cho says:

    Love that these are vegetarian! They look delicious and your food photography is amazing!
    xoxo
    Annie

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much, Annie! So many stuffed pepper recipes are full of meat, so I was happy to find this veg version in the cookbook 🙂

  4. I’ve made Greek stuffed bellpeppers for years with hamburger, tomato, mint, parsley & rice, but these vegetarian options sound delicious. I’ll have to try them.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Stephanie! I never thought to put mint into a dish like this before I made this recipe but it’s perfect!

  5. kristen says:

    i love the addition of the ricotta! This looks so delicious!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Kristen! The ricotta does wonders in this recipe 🙂

  6. Eryn says:

    I love stuffed peppers. These sound phenomenal

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much, Eryn!

  7. Maud says:

    These look amazing. Mixing peppers and ricotta is always a winner so they’ve made it to my meal planning for next week! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Sarah says:

      They’re probably so easy for meal prepping too. You could probably prep them ahead of time then bake on the day of 😀

  8. A bell pepper stuffed with cheese?! Yes, please!

    1. Sarah says:

      I know right? The Italians know how to eat!

  9. Kerri says:

    These look amazing! Cheese is the best.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Kerri! Cheese is life, haha 😀

  10. Leah says:

    YES YES YES!! I have been looking for more meatless meals and this is perfect!! Thank you!!

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy I could help, Leah!

  11. Cat says:

    Mmm these peppers look so tasty! I can’t wait to try it!

  12. These look amazing!! I’m going to have to try this!

  13. Hayden says:

    These look so delicious! Especially since I love anything with ricotta!

  14. What gorgeous, colorful photos! And of course those peppers sound amazing! What a fun way to prepare them!

  15. Oohh..this looks super yummy. I want to try it!

  16. Martha says:

    I’m definitely trying this!! They look amazing!!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Martha! 🙂

  17. Katie says:

    Made these last week and they are delicious!

    1. Sarah says:

      Yay! So happy to hear, Katie! Frances Mayes is an Italian food genius 😀

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