Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Cheese Stuffed Peppers is a delightful and colorful dish that brings together the richness of cheese with the healthy goodness of bell peppers. Perfect as an appetizer, side dish, or even a main course, this recipe is easy to make and sure to impress. The combination of melted cheese, savory seasonings, and tender peppers creates a mouthwatering experience that is both satisfying and wholesome.

### Ingredients
– 4 large bell peppers (any color)
– 1 cup cooked quinoa or rice
– 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
– 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
– 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
– 1 small red onion, finely chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
– 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
– Salt and black pepper to taste
– Fresh basil or parsley for garnish
– Olive oil for drizzling

### Instructions

1. **Preheat the Oven:**
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2. **Prepare the Peppers:**
– Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.
– If necessary, you can trim the bottom of the peppers slightly so they stand upright.

3. **Cook the Filling:**
– In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa or rice, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, chopped red onion, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and black pepper.
– Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are well combined.

4. **Stuff the Peppers:**
– Carefully stuff each bell pepper with the cheese mixture, pressing down lightly to ensure they are fully packed.

5. **Bake:**
– Place the stuffed peppers in a baking dish.
– Drizzle a little olive oil over the tops of the peppers.
– Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

6. **Finish Baking:**
– After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the cheese on top is golden and bubbly.

7. **Garnish and Serve:**
– Once cooked, remove the stuffed peppers from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.
– Garnish with fresh basil or parsley before serving.

### Serving Suggestions
Serve these Cheese Stuffed Peppers with a side salad or garlic bread for a complete meal. They can also be paired with grilled meats or enjoyed on their own for a meatless option. This versatile dish is sure to be a hit at any meal!

Enjoy your delicious and nutritious Cheese Stuffed Peppers!