Nutella Banana Tarte Tatin w/Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seed Hazelnut Crunch.
So yesterday was sophisticated.
And today is totally not.
Don’t you just love how you get a little bit of everything over here? I am hoping so, because honestly that is just me.
So many people in one family means a lot of different flavors, opinions and foods.
I made these stuffed peppers the other day, purely because I was tired of cooking dinner.
Let me explain, typically I make a lot of things during one day, but I almost never have a meal that everyone will eat. So once I am done shooting for the day, I then set out to make a dinner the boys will actually approve of. Now don’t think that I HAVE to do this, because I don’t. In fact, I am constantly told I don’t have to (but I am pretty sure they all just say this knowing that I cannot NOT make them dinner).
However, the way I see it, I sort of do have to make the boys a dinner. You see, if I don’t then I have to deal with the mess later, and by that time of night (we eat dinner SO late, I am actually too embarrassed to say the time – it seems like it get later everyday) I am SO done. Plus, I am a total control freak and allowing other people to cook in the kitchen is probably the hardest thing ever for me.
Anyway, I really just did not feel like cooking two dinners the other day and I decided I should just suck it up and make something that everyone would eat. Meaning soup with apples, pizza with figs and pork with pumpkin were NOT options. Honestly, cooking something that everyone will like is almost an impossible task and I didn’t accomplish it completely, but I made it work. Because like I said, when there are nine people in the house, not everyone is bound to be into the same things. Especially vegetable things. Or things with fruits and creepy looking cheese.
So, I kind of did a little compromise with this one. I made mac and cheese – who doesn’t love that? I also made spicy italian meatballs – again, around here you can never go wrong with meat. Then I stuffed it all into sweet bell peppers (for those of us who eat peppers), added some marinara sauce, lots of basil and a little more cheese, PLUS a buttery Ritz Cracker topping. Then I threw it in my tiny little oven (yes, my big oven is STILL not yet fixed!) and baked it till I had some seriously cheesy, pasta stuffed peppers.
Oh and by the way, my tiny little oven?? I think it is going to be the death of me. It makes cooking for nine people a nightmare. Someone please, please, please tell the service people I need some help. Like right now – not Friday. Pretty, pretty please?!
These Mini Italian Meatball Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers are a super simple meal with simple flavors, but sometimes that is just all you need.
And yes, everybody ate this. The boys minus the peppers, but hey, close enough, right?
I totally think so.
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And really, who can pass up cheesy, carby goodness like that? Bonus, it’s almost Friday, so this is obviously acceptable.
Can you substitute spicy Italian sausage for the spicy chicken?
Definitely, that would be delish! 🙂 xTieghan
Made this using leftover Vodka Sauce from the Super Simple cookbook instead of marinara. (Made a triple batch of sauce for a group and only ended up needing two batches). Before they even tried it my husband, and both daughters all separately said, “home-made mac and cheese AND meatballs AND Vodka sauce…all in one meal?! That’s going to be amazing!” And it was. Thanks for a great recipe to use up some farm-share peppers and leftover sauce! It was a fun meal for kicking off Fall.
Happy Friday!! I so appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan
My in-laws have a never ending supply of green peppers during the summer; and I try many kinds of stuffed pepper recipes so we get a variety of recipes to make freezer meals. This was amazing!!! It is my husband’s favorite freezer meal of all time, and that is saying a lot! Very good recipe, thank you!
Wow that is so great! Thank you so much Julie! xTieghan
All of the peppers look delicious. I am going to do the Mac and cheese with meatballs tomorrow for Sunday dinner.
I have been making this absolutely delicious Stuffed Pepper recipe since it first came out. I have used my own Italian spiced textured vegetable protein, made into balls and baked before hand, instead of Spicy Italian sausage. Even with this change to make them vegetarian, this recipe is on the top of my list. Thank you Teigan!
These look incredible and I don’t even like peppers! I must try these to start working peppers into my life 🙂
Thanks Ali! Hopping these might change your mind about peppers! 🙂
We had the Stuffed Peppers for lunch and the food critics at this house are raving over them. I thought they were going to lick their plates lol This recipe is a definite keeper. I have to say I love the Halfbakedharvest site and I love the name.
YA!! Thank you so much, Lin!! I am so excited you all loved these. THANKS!
I know I use the word “love” too much however I tried to find another word like scrumptious or delicious or unbelievably tasty however those words have been used so much to describe this recipe. And when I eat something that fills in all the many spaces of my appetite then the only word is “love”. lol
I made these delicious stuffed peppers yesterday Sept 24 and when they came out of the oven the smell started me drooling so I had to take a bite. Is there a word that describes this recipe…Scrumptious! I am vegetarian and used tvp which I marinated the night before with Italian spices and garlic and mashed in some previously cooked very hot and spicy sweet potato baked fries ( I had done the night before to accompany vegie burgers). The next day they smelt just like sausage and I added finally chopped and lightly caramelized yellow onion. The rest is history. I am serving them for lunch today which is the Jewish New Years. Thank you so much Tieghan for empowering me to be a cook who serves the best.
THANK YOU! So happy you loved this and that you adapted it to your needs!
I’m salivating so much over these, it’s kind of embarrassing. Like, I’m sitting at my desk and I’m afraid drool might start pouring out. These look freakin’ amazing.
Yes, please! I would devour these peppers!
Thanks Anna! Hope you are having a great weekend!