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Spinach Sausage Stuffed Italian Sweet Frying Peppers

Italian Sweet Frying Peppers are stuffed with Italian sausage and spinach, breadcrumbs and Parmesan. An absolutely addicting stuffed pepper recipe. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian Sweet Frying Peppers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 5 ounce bag baby spinach
  • 2 slices white sandwich bread finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage casings removed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 small or 4 large Italian frying peppers halved lengthwise and cored, stems left intact
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • A few chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese to poke here and there into the stuffed peppers

Instructions

  1. In a very large skillet, cook the spinach over high heat just until wilted, about 1 minute. Drain and press out all of the water. Coarsely chop the spinach. Rinse out and dry the pan.
  2. In a large bowl, knead the chopped bread with the milk, egg and cheese to form a paste. Knead in the pine nuts, onion, sausage and spinach and season lightly with salt and pepper. Using lightly moistened hands, divide the mixture among the pepper halves and lightly pack it in. Add chunks of fresh mozzarella gently pressing into the stuffed peppers.
  3. In the skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the stuffed peppers, filling side down, and cook over high heat until well-browned, about 4 minutes. Turn the peppers and cook until the skins are browned and blistered, about 4 minutes longer. Add the tomato sauce and chicken broth, cover and simmer until the sausage filling is cooked through and the peppers are tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to plates and serve right away.