Ann Nurse's Baked Stuffed Peppers

Penny de los Santos


  • 1 Cup  well drained canned plum tomatoes, crushed
  • large red or yellow bell peppers, or a combination
  • 1/3 Cup  pine nuts
  • 1/3 Cup  tiny capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Cup  dry breadcrumbs
  • large cloves garlic, peeled and finely grated
  • 3 Tablespoons  finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3-4 Tablespoons  olive oil

Not like typical stuffed peppers with a meat or rice filling, these are baked with a sprinkling of pine nuts and capers, topped with seasoned breadcrumbs, and drizzled with olive oil. They make a fine first course alongside other simple antipasti, or a great side dish with plain grilled or roasted meat or fish. These peppers are typical of the Italian region of Puglia, where Ann’s family has its origins. For advance preparation, get everything ready and bake close to the time you intend to serve them, or bake the peppers early in the day for the evening. However, don’t make these the day before or the breadcrumbs will lose their freshly toasted flavor.


Set a rack in the middle level of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Evenly spread the tomatoes in the prepared baking dish.

Rinse the peppers and drain them. Halve or quarter the peppers, depending on their size, and pull away the stem and seed pod. Shake or brush away any stray seeds. Arrange the pepper pieces, skin side down, on the tomatoes. Sprinkle the pine nuts and capers on top.

Mix the breadcrumbs with the garlic and parsley and top each piece of pepper with about 1 tablespoon. Drizzle the olive oil over the breadcrumb topping. Bake the peppers until they are tender and the breadcrumbs are deep golden, about 30 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure the tomatoes are not drying out too much. If necessary, add 1-2 tablespoons of water, but be sure to place it directly in the pan to avoid wetting the breadcrumbs.

Cool the peppers and serve them warm or at room temperature.


Calories per serving:

338 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 86g 132%
  • Carbs 130g 43%
  • Saturated 10g 52%
  • Fiber 15g 61%
  • Sugars 13g
  • Monounsaturated 44g
  • Polyunsaturated 23g
  • Protein 29g 59%
  • Sodium 1,880mg 78%
  • Calcium 330mg 33%
  • Magnesium 265mg 66%
  • Potassium 2,129mg 61%
  • Iron 13mg 70%
  • Zinc 6mg 40%
  • Phosphorus 630mg 90%
  • Vitamin A 170µg 19%
  • Vitamin C 1,064mg 1,774%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 97%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 46%
  • Niacin (B3) 15mg 77%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 67%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 326µg 82%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 6%
  • Vitamin E 12mg 62%
  • Vitamin K 270µg 337%
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