Next time the pizza craving hits, satisfy it with these low carb pizza stuffed peppers! They’re the perfect alternative for a keto friendly pizza night. Plus, they’re low carb and kid friendly!
Have you ever had a stuffed pepper? If you’re not from the Midwest, you may have no idea what a stuffed pepper is.
It wasn’t until I left Georgia as a young twenty-something that I learned about this delicious Midwestern meal.
A stuffed pepper is essentially a hollowed out bell pepper that is literally stuffed with a meat mixture. They’re baked until tender and warm and often topped with cheese and then broiled. Traditional stuffed peppers use rice as a filler but we omit that ingredient in these low carb stuffed pizza stuffed peppers!
Low carb stuffed peppers are also a fun and easy way to get your kids to try a new vegetable and use up random ingredients you might have in your fridge. Waste not, want not!
In this recipe, we marry pizza and stuffed peppers for a low carb pizza stuffed pepper that your whole family can enjoy. Bonus: you won’t have to tip the delivery driver (maybe just the cook)!
These Low Carb Pizza Stuffed Peppers Are Going To Be A New Family Favorite
And here’s why:
- Pizza, duh!
- Customize your stuffing mix to make your ideal pizza pepper
- Fun way to get your kids to try a new vegetable
- Grain free
- Gluten free
- Easy to access low carb ingredients
- Simple to prepare and ready in a less time than it takes to wait for delivery
Skip The Delivery and Make Low Carb Stuffed Peppers At Home
Has this ever happened to you: the pizza cravings hit but you’re not in the mood for fat head dough and you don’t want to pay $20 to scrape toppings off a delivery pizza?
Why not satisfy those pizza cravings with a keto pizza stuffed pepper? You can have this easy family friendly keto dinner ready to eat in about half an hour so you can save your macros and your money!
These low carb stuffed peppers come together really easily and are a great recipe to let your older kids help make for the family. I’m all for teaching kids how to navigate a kitchen at a young age.
Make sure to buy large bell peppers so that you have enough room for the filling. Bell peppers shrink slightly when they’re cooked so you want to make sure your pizza filling stays in its place.
You’ll also want to make sure you remove all the seeds from inside the pepper. Feel free to leave the stem in tact for a photo worthy plate of your low carb pizza stuffed pepper.
Your stuffing mixture simply requires browning Italian sausage and then mixing it in a bowl with the remaining ingredients. About 10 minutes of prep are all you need to get these babies into the oven!
After baking, top with cheese and broil till bubbly, just like a real pizza! And voilà, low carb pizza stuffed peppers are ready to eat!
Here Are Some More Recipes You Will Love:
- Low Carb Coconut Fried Shrimp with Sugar Free Cocktail Sauce
- The Best Homemade Keto Meatballs
- Keto Instant Pot Spaghetti Casserole
- Low Carb Spaghetti Bake
- Easy Keto Egg Noodles
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Pizza Sauce: shop for the lowest carb pizza sauce you can find, typically in the 4 net carb range. Look for a pizza sauce without added sugar. You want the carbs to come from the tomatoes, not other ingredients. Personally, I like the Rao’s brand.
- Almond Flour: almond flour is used as a binder for your pepper stuffing. You do not want to use coconut flour in this recipe because it would absorb all of the liquid (sauce) and make for a grainy and unappetizing filling. Alternatively, you could omit the almond flour altogether if needed but the filling will be slightly looser.
- 3 large bell peppers, seeded and sliced in half
- 1 pound hot Italian sausage
- 1 cup no sugar added pizza sauce, divided
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ cup mini pepperoni
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium sized bowl combine browned sausage, ½ cup pizza sauce, almond flour, egg, and Italian seasoning.
- In a 9x13 baking pan, spread ½ cup pizza sauce on the bottom.
- Evenly divide sausage mixture and fill pepper slices. Place peppers into the baking pan.
- Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and extra pepperoni if desired.
- Bake for 20 minutes covered in foil. Remove foil and broil for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 pepper
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 22.7gCarbohydrates: 9.8gNet Carbohydrates: 7.4gFiber: 2.4gProtein: 23.3g