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Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Peppers are cheesy, flavorful, and easy to make! This quick dinner recipe is perfect for those who are counting their carbs or just want something on the lighter side that still hits the spot.

Four cooked stuffed peppers are on a round white plate next to a serving dish with more peppers.

Low carb, meatless, and satisfying as can be – those are just a few ways to describe these spinach and ricotta stuffed peppers! Loaded with nutrients from the peppers and spinach, this recipe leans towards the healthier side while still being decadently warm and cheesy. And while you can certainly serve these stuffed peppers as an entree, they also work as a side dish!

I love when comforting recipes also double as healthy ones. I mean, they really just check all the right boxes! Nutritious, filling, flavorful, and comforting. This recipe really has it all! With all that delicious ricotta cheese, it’s hard for anyone not to want a second serving of these stuffed peppers. The spinach and peppers are just vitamin-packed (and tasty) bonuses.

If you’re on a low-carb diet, you’re going to love adding this stuffed pepper recipe to your weeknight routine. Honestly, I eat plenty of carbs, and I still make these peppers on a weekly basis! They’re just so easy to whip up and I never feel weighed down after enjoying one or two of them, yet they keep me nice and full for quite a while.

Four cheesy stuffed and cooked red bell peppers are placed on a circular white plate.

Ingredients

  • Red bell peppers – While you can use another color of pepper, I prefer the red ones because of their vibrant color and slight natural sweetness that helps balance all of the savory flavors.
  • Yellow onions – In a pinch, you can substitute these with white onions.
  • Garlic – Fresh is best, but pre-minced works as well.
  • Baby spinach – This MUST be fresh, not canned or frozen.
  • Ricotta cheese – This smooth, creamy, mildly flavored cheese is ideal for filling these peppers.
  • Mozzarella – Make sure it’s a whole milk mozzarella for the creamiest results.
  • Spices – You’ll need a medley of ground nutmeg, freshly cracked black pepper, and a pinch of kosher salt.
Cooked red stuffed peppers are placed on a white plate with a tea cloth in the background.

Tips for stuffed peppers

  • Keep the stalks on the bell peppers if you can. They help the pepper hold its shape while it cooks.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut around the stem to easily remove the core.
  • It’s okay to over-stuff it a little because as it cooks, the ingredients will shrink down (as will the pepper itself).

Can I stuff the peppers with something else?

Adding ground beef into the cheese and spinach mixture would be a nice way to get additional protein and flavor!

A pepper has been halved to reveal a cheesy stuffed center.

What should I serve spinach and ricotta stuffed peppers with?

If you’re serving these peppers as a side dish, pair them with an entree like Lemon Basil Chicken to keep things fresh and low in carbs.

If you’re not afraid of a come carbs, consider a pasta dish like Baked Ziti!

How long will spinach and ricotta stuffed peppers stay fresh?

In an airtight container in the fridge, these stuffed peppers will stay fresh for about 3 days.

To reheat them, pop them back into an oven preheated to 350°F for about 10 minutes (possibly longer) until they’re warmed through.

Cheese is being sprinkled over stuffed peppers in a white baking dish.

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Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed peppers are sweet and tender on the outside with a cheesy and creamy filling on the inside; every bite is nothing less than mouthwatering!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, about 14 ounces
  • 12 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk mozzarella, divided
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Chop red bell peppers in halves and remove their seeds. Place them upside down in an oven-safe tray and bake them for 10 minutes at 375°F. Then turn them and bake them for another 5-10 minutes or until peppers are fork tender.
  • In the meantime, chop onion and garlic into small pieces. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onion, salt and garlic and sauté until onion is translucent. Then add ground black pepper and freshly ground nutmeg.
  • Add fresh spinach and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until spinach is evenly cooked.
  • Remove the skillet from the stove and add the ricotta cheese and 1 ½ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Once the red bell peppers are fork tender (they should be tender but still keeping their shape), remove them from the oven. Fill red bell peppers with the spinach and ricotta mixture and top them with the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Place them in the oven for 8-10 minutes for the cheese to melt.
  • Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Keeping the pepper stalks will help them to keep their shape till the end.
Other cheeses you can add to the mixture: cheddar cheese, parmesan or pecorino and gorgonzola or blue cheese.

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NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 stuffed bell pepper | Calories: 429 kcal | Carbohydrates: 19 g | Protein: 28 g | Fat: 27 g | Saturated Fat: 16 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Cholesterol: 99 mg | Sodium: 832 mg | Potassium: 657 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 8 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stuffed peppers, vegetarian recipe
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