Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers make for a lovely, fresh, summery meal. They’re perfect served at a BBQ or garden party as an alternative to charred meat, and they need only a simple mixed leaf salad for an accompaniment to make a yummy light lunch, plus a few cheeky chips for an evening meal.

Vegetarian stuffed peppers are usually filled with rice, but I prefer the light fluffiness of couscous. The smooth passata coats the whole thing, bringing all the flavours together to create a satisfying, healthy, delicious meal.

Once baked, they store really well in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days, then just microwave for about 5 mins until piping hot throughout.

Ready in 40 mins (10 mins prep, 10 mins on the hob, 20 mins bake) – Serves 2 – 4.


  • 2 large capsicum/bell peppers, cut in half, stalks and seeds removed. See my tips on preparing peppers here.
  • 100g of dried couscous (I’ve used a Moroccan flavour, but use any couscous you fancy)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 50g of red onion, finely diced
  • 50g of courgette, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • A couple of good pinches of oregano
  • A couple of good pinches of basil
  • A couple of good pinches of black pepper
  • 500g of passata
  • 100g of cheddar cheese, grated


  • Preheat oven to 200c / 180c fan / gas mark 6.
  • Prep the couscous according to the packet instructions.
  • Put a frying pan on a medium heat on the hob and add the oil, onion and courgette.
  • Fry for 5 mins, stirring regularly, until the onion softens and the courgette starts to brown.
  • Add the couscous, lemon juice, a pinch of oregano, a pinch of basil and a pinch of black pepper and mix well.
  • Turn off the heat and fill the pepper halves with the couscous mix.
  • Place the stuffed peppers into an oven proof dish and spoon any left over couscous mix on top.
  • Pour the passata on top of the stuffed peppers and sprinkle the rest of the oregano, basil, black pepper, and all of the cheese over the top.
  • Bake for 20 mins, or until the cheese has melted, the passata is bubbling, and the peppers are hot throughout and have softened slightly.

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