Lasagna Stuffed Peppers
A flavorful, healthy twist on lasagna with room for customization!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
- 4 large bell peppers any color, see note
- 1 medium zucchini approximately 6 oz
- 1 1/4 cups sauce (any type, see note) (plus more for serving)
- 15 oz ricotta
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1/2 cup mozarella shredded
- 1/2 Tbsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
Prepare your sauce if necessary.
Slice the bell peppers in half lengthwise (through the stem and bottom). Remove all seeds and ribs from the peppers. Set aside.
Slice the zucchini into thin slices, approximately 1/8". Set aside.
Make the cheese mixture by combining the ricotta, egg, Parmesan, mozzarella, basil, parsley, salt, and black pepper. Mix to combine and set aside.
Heat the oven to 350F.
Place the pepper halves on a large baking sheet. In the bottom of each pepper, spread 1/2 Tbsp of the sauce. Then add 1 Tbsp of the cheese mixture and spread out across the pepper. Add zucchini slices on top to cover and trim to fit.
Repeat with another layer of sauce, cheese, and zucchini.
Top each pepper with a little more cheese, just to cover, and a drizzle of sauce. If your peppers are already full, you can stop at any layer.
Sprinkle the tops with some additional mozzarella and Parmesan if you want a crunchy, gooey top.
Place the peppers in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and starting to brown, approximately 15-20 minutes. The peppers will just start to soften. If the pepper is getting too soft and you are not getting any color on the cheese, switch to the broil setting in the oven, move the peppers to the top rack, and broil briefly until browned. (Do not use a silicone sheet liner when broiling).
Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes. Serve warm with salad or pasta if you wish.
If served by themselves, you will want two halves per person. For a smaller meal or when served with a side, one half per person will work.
Any bell pepper color works. The sweeter ones (red, orange, yellow) will intensify in sweetness when cooked. If you do not want sweet, use green peppers. You can also make the sauce spicy for a sweet-and-spicy effect.
You can use any of your favorite pasta sauces. Try out my favorite, the Simple Marinara Sauce, or a spicy Arrabbiata!