Stuffed Red Bell Peppers with Pesto and Tomatoes recipe is a very easy dish to prepare and ends up very tasty and very pretty right out of the oven. With so many colorful bell peppers at the Farmer’s Markets, I could not resist buying a bunch of beautiful, shiny red bell peppers for dinner.
II served these stuffed red bell peppers with roasted Cornish Game Hens with Lemon and Garlic, roasted Hasselback Potatoes, and Oven-Roasted Asparagus. It meal was healthy, delicious, and very colorful. My family loves stuffed bell peppers and they loved this outstanding meal.
This delicious Stuffed Red Bell Peppers recipe, comments, and photos were shared with me by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.
- 1 red bell pepper (may also use orange or yellow peppers)*
- 2 tablespoons basil pesto (or use 4 fresh sweet basil leaves)**
- 1 small tomato
- Several cherry-type tomatoes of different colors
- 1 to 2 garlic cloves, sliced very thin
- Olive oil, extra-virgin
- Coarse salt or sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
- Thyme, fresh (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a small baking dish with non-stick aluminum foil.
Cut the pepper in half lengthwise, leaving the stem intact on each half. Remove the seeds and the white, mealy, ribs with the tip of a sharp knife; discard.
Lay the peppers halves in the prepared baking dish. Spoon a little pesto into each pepper half or line two fresh basil leaves into each pepper.
Cut the small tomato into slices and place into the peppers. Cut cherry tomatoes in halves and tuck around the tomato slices. Tuck garlic slices all around the tomatoes. Salt and pepper each bell pepper. Add a few thyme leaves over the top. Drizzle with olive oil.
Place the prepared peppers in the preheated oven and roast until the peppers are completely soft and getting dark around the edges, approximately 1 hour.
Remove from oven and garnish each peppers with a thyme sprig, if desired.
Makes 2 servings.
* If possible, select bell peppers that are flat on the bottom as they stand up better while cooking.
** Check out Karen's Basil, Lemon, and Macadamia Nut Pesto, Basil Pesto with Pistachio Nuts, and Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and Almond Nut Pesto. Any of these pesto recipes would be great with the roasted peppers.
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