Pizza in a pepper? It's just crazy enough to work. In fact, this meal is crazy enough to be crazy-delicious, with savory sausage, meaty mushroom, and gooey, stretchy mozzarella. Add in a bit of marinara sauce, and you've managed to pizza a pepper. Crazy-delicious, crazy-easy… maybe this isn't so crazy after all.
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You Will Need
Medium Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Prepare the Ingredients
Stem green bell peppers, halve lengthwise, and remove seeds and ribs.
Cut mushrooms into ¼" slices.
Slice pepperoncini into ¼" rounds.
Remove Italian sausage from casing.
Start the Peppers
Place green bell pepper halves on prepared baking sheet and toss with 1 tsp. olive oil and a pinch of pepper. Massage oil into peppers.
Arrange pepper halves cut-side down. Roast in hot oven until tender but still crisp, 13-15 minutes.
While peppers roast, make filling.
Make the Filling
Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add Italian sausage to hot pan. Stir occasionally, breaking up with a spoon, until browned, 3-4 minutes.
If using ground beef, season with a pinch of salt and stir occasionally until no pink remains, 4-6 minutes. If using ground turkey, season with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper and str occasionally until no pink remains, 7-9 minutes.
Transfer sausage to a plate. Wipe pan clean, return to stove, and lower heat to medium. Add 1 tsp. olive oil and mushrooms to hot pan. Stir occasionally until lightly brown, 3-4 minutes.
Remove from burner. Stir in Italian sausage, marinara, and a pinch of salt.
Finish the Peppers
Carefully, (peppers will be hot!) flip pepper halves cut side up. Distribute filling evenly among pepper halves and top with cheese.
Roast until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly, and peppers are fully tender, 9-11 minutes.
Finish the Dish
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing with pepperoncini (to taste). Bon appétit!
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