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Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers And Zucchini

This is a really flavorful and light recipe that I just love. It's a great way to use up leftover veggies, and you don't have to strictly use the amount of bell peppers and zucchini that I use. Utilize what you have! Use all red bell peppers, use all zucchini - whatever you like best.

I like to season the ground turkey almost as if it were meatloaf - onion, fresh herbs, Parmesan and some Italian seasoning to give it some succulent flavor. The marinara on top keeps the meat tender, and it caramelizes in the oven so that it becomes extra sweet and tasty.

This is also a great dish to meal-prep ahead of time. Whip it up on Sunday for an easy and healthy lunch you can quickly heat up for a few days.

Stuffed Peppers And Zucchini

Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers And Zucchini


Main Course

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, (grated)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1/4 cup dried plain bread crumbs
  • 1 pound ground turkey, (preferably dark meat)
  • 2 zucchini, (ends removed, halved lengthwise and crosswise)
  • 1 short orange bell pepper, (halved and seeded)
  • 1 short red bell pepper, (halved and seeded)
  • 1 short yellow bell pepper, (halved and seeded)
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly drizzle the olive oil into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish. Whisk the onion, parsley, egg, ketchup, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the cheese and bread crumbs. Mix in the turkey. Cover and refrigerate the turkey mixture.
  3. Using a melon baller or spoon, carefully scrape out the seeds and inner flesh from the zucchini, leaving 1/8-inch-thick shells. Be careful not to pierce through the skin. Fill the zucchini and pepper halves with the turkey mixture, dividing equally and mounding slightly. Arrange the stuffed vegetables in the baking dish. Pour the marinara sauce over the stuffed vegetables.
  4. Bake uncovered until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown and a thermometer inserted into the filling registers 165 degrees F, about 45 minutes. Transfer the stuffed vegetables to a platter and serve.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
16 grams
24 grams
9 grams
Saturated Fat
2 grams
Trans Fat
1 grams
78 milligrams
935 milligrams
3 grams
9 grams

4 reviews & comments

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    Gayle Delhagen

    I used uncooked ground turkey and tested the temperature after 40 minutes with an instant read thermometer.

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    Patricia Beachley

    What a simple but delicious recipe!!! Thank you!!

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    Gayle Delhagen

    What a fantastic recipe!!!!! I've used it with both ground turkey and ground beef and it's just the best stuffed peppers I've ever had. Thank you Giada!!!

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    Do you put the turkey meat in the vegetable shells raw, or sauteed first?

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