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Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers

Another variation of stuffed peppers. The italian sausage gives this recipe a spicy kick.


  • 1 pound of ground Italian sausage
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 small (8 ounce) can of tomato paste
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp dried oregano


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut the tops off peppers and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Cook sausage in a medium skillet until cooked through.
  4. Drain sausage and add onions and garlic until fragrant.
  5. Add tomato paste, garlic, and oregano.
  6. Stuff peppers with the sausage mixture and place in baking pan to prevent spillage. Pour remaining mixture in pan around the peppers.
  7. Bake at 400F degrees for about 20 minutes
  8. Enjoy!

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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