Deconstructed Sweet Sausage Stuffed Peppers

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 tablespoons EVOO

1 1/2 pounds bulk Italian sweet sausage (pork or turkey) with fennel, cut from casings (6 links) 

3 to 4 cloves garlic, sliced or grated 

3 bell peppers, 2 green and 1 red field pepper, diced

1 onion, chopped 

2 tablespoons tomato paste 

1/2 cup white or red wine 

2 cups tomato sauce or tomato puree or passata 

A few leaves fresh basil, torn 

Kosher salt and ground black pepper 

2 3/4 cups beef or chicken stock 

1 1/2 cups long-grain rice 

3 tablespoons butter 

About 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

A handful fresh parsley, chopped 


  1. In a drizzle of EVOO in a deep skillet over medium-high heat, brown and crumble the sausage, but do not crumble to fine. Drain the browned sausage on paper towels. Add a couple of turns of EVOO to the pan. Then add the garlic, peppers and onions and cook to tender-crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir a minute. Next, stir in the wine and then the tomato sauce. Add the sausage and drippings back. Add a few leaves of torn basil. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer a few minutes to combine the flavors, and then cool and store for a make-ahead meal. Reheat over medium heat.
  2. To serve, bring the stock to a boil. Add the rice, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook, about 17 minutes. Then stir in the butter and cheese and remove from the heat.
  3. Serve the butter-and-cheese rice in shallow bowls topped with the sausage and peppers. Garnish with parsley and serve.
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