Asiago and Lentil Stuffed Peppers

by jerseygirl on March 16, 2010 · 27 comments

Yes, my husband is a meataholic! He loves meat and really doesn’t think a dinner is complete without it. But we all know that eating meat for dinner every night is not good for your health. So I have been trying to have him kick the habit. When we first met, the man ate meat, potatoes, pasta and maybe some lettuce or broccoli. That has changed over the years and our diet consists of lots of whole grains, fruits, veggies, beans and lean meat.

But even better, here is a dinner that contains no meat. The great thing is that he hardly missed the meat at all. I love making stuffed peppers and frequently use turkey sausage as part of the stuffing. I decided I would replace the sausage with lentils and it worked. Trader Joes sells these great precooked Beluga lentils and they are perfect for this recipe. The Asiago cheese and crushed red pepper gave the peppers just the pizazz they needed. Try it, you’ll like it!

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Asiago and Lentil Stuffed Peppers

4 medium to large red or green peppers – all around the same size so they cook evenly
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 2 TBS olive oil
1 1/2 cups cooked lentils
1 TBS Italian seasoning
2 1/2 cups marinara sauce, divided
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups cooked brown rice
salt and crushed red pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded Asiago cheese, divided

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare the peppers – cut the tops off so there is a hole, remove ribs and seed on the inside, wash them. Cut them in half lengthwise. Line them up in a baking dish or roasting pan.

2. For the filling – saute chopped onion and garlic in the olive oil in large skillet. When soft, add lentils, seasoning, 1 1/2 cups of the sauce (reserve one cup) and wine. Cook on low until simmering. Add rice, salt, pepper and HALF of the Asiago cheese. Save the other half of the cheese for topping. Make sure the mixture is well heated. Spoon the filling into each pepper. Spoon the remaining sauce over the peppers and add 1/2 cup water to the pan. Sprinkle the peppers with the remaining cheese.

3. Cover the peppers loosely with foil and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and starts to brown. Makes 4 servings.

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Bridgett March 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Oh my goodness, Lisa! Talk about heavenly. Can you send me a few…like the whole plate?


Juliana March 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Wow Lisa, nice way to stuff peppers…cheese and lentil, very healthy and yet tasty 🙂


Lynne L March 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Lisa, thanks for an amazing looking recipe! We love beans and grains at our house and this looks so hearty and satisfying. Can't wait to try it!



Leslie March 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm

This is the perfect meatless dinner


dawn March 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm

hearty and filling. wow lisa i love this. and it's guy-friendly too! LOL


LaPhemmePhoodie March 16, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I just ate dinner. Looking at this post has made me hungry all over again. I love stuffed peppers. I usually stuff them with meat. Will definitely try this recipe instead.


Patty March 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Wow those look amazing, I usually stuff my peppers with tuna salad but I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe out, thanks for posting!


Mom on the Run March 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Stuffed pepper are so good! One place for a meal is good for me.


Liz - Meal Makeover Mom March 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Yum. I will definitely stop by TJs to look for those lentils. What a great convenience food. The peppers really look delicious!


Kasha March 17, 2010 at 12:29 am

Woah! That looks extremely healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing!


redkathy March 17, 2010 at 1:14 am

My hubby is aka The Carnivore so I know what you are saying about the meat. I think it's a man thing 😉 The lentils were a great idea for stuffing peppers. I love lentils anything.


kat March 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

What a lovely vegetarian dish!


The Food Hunter March 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Looks delicious. I will have to check my Trader Joe's for those lentils


The Japanese Redneck March 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Your's and mine both! They are pretty but I don't like bell pepper. Therefore I have a tendancy never to cook anything I don't like. I know, shame on me.


black eyed susans kitchen March 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

This looks really good, Lisa…we will definitely be trying this one.
♥, Susan


Julie March 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm

This sounds so good…full of things that I just love!


teresa March 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm

fabulous! my husband is the same way, so i'll have to give this a try too!


Mary March 19, 2010 at 11:46 am

Lisa, these look and sound phenomenal. You've come up with a lovely filling for your peppers. I'll have to give these a try.


Jean March 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Lisa, I'm always thinking up things to do with lentils. I'm sort of a part-time semi-vegetarian, and lentils are one of my favorite protein sources. Wonder why I never thought to put them in stuffed peppers! This recipe looks wonderful. Can't wait to try it.


Lea Ann March 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

Well now doesn't this sound WONderful. Great idea for lentils. Denver doesn't have a Trader Joes. Makes me flat out grumpy.


biz319 March 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Your husband and my husband must be long lost brothers! The only time he doesn't eat meat is on Fridays during Lent!

Love asiago cheese (well, all cheese, who am I kidding!) but rarely buy it – now I will. I think this will be one of my lunches next week.

Thanks and hope all is well with you!


aurorafedora March 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm

this is such an interesting combination. i'll have to try it, it looks delish!


Darrol March 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Can't wait for my SJ peppers to grow & ripen so I can try this one, it sounds & looks wonderful. Homegrown Jersey vegi's are the best!


Cindy April 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

This recipe is a novel idea for me. I am going to try it this weekend and hopefully satisfy a picky husband.


Shelby February 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Lisa, your man sounds like my man! lol. I would love this pepper – but I'm pretty sure Grumpy would give me a hard time since he doesn't like stuffed peppers even with meat. ;o)

Glad your on FB now I'm on my way!


Jeanette February 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

This looks like a satisfying vegetarian meal! Lentils are so good for you too.


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