pizza polenta stuffed peppers

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dinner, Gluten Free, recipes, Vegan

When shopping for peppers, do you pick the ones that have flat bottoms so they can stand and be stuffed, or is that just me?

The majority of the peppers I buy go into my juicer or get chopped up for a recipe, but I still look for the perfect pepper every time.

These? They are perfect. See how they stand up straight? :)

pizza polenta stuffed peppers

serves four

4 orange bell peppers
3 cups water
1 cup polenta (coarse ground cornmeal)
sea salt
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced
9-15 leaves fresh basil, chopped fine

Bring water to simmer, add cornmeal. Stir consistently for first 5 minutes or so… I am never too far away, watching and stirring frequently. Once it comes together (20-25 minutes) add sea salt to taste. Add cooked quinoa to polenta, stir.

Combine tomato paste, rosemary, oregano, garlic. Add to quinoa polenta, stir. Add fresh basil, stir.

Cut the top off the peppers and clean out the innards and seeds. Fill with quinoa polenta and garnish with a basil leaf. Bake @ 350 for 30-35 minutes. Serve atop a simple spinach + vinaigrette salad.

Pizza flavor in a new way – the stuffed pepper is back! I can’t wait until I can walk out to my garden and pick a pepper… I am prepared for peppers that may not stand up, though.

Happy Friday! Hope you enjoy the holiday weekend, any fun plans?

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) May 27, 2011 at 5:24 am

You had me at pizza! I buy the flat bottomed ones if I know I’m going to be stuffing them. I am still weird about wanting them to look fairly perfect regardless. Happy Friday!


2 jenna May 27, 2011 at 5:24 am

you are so creative! this sounds and looks wonderful!


3 Kelly @foodiefresh May 27, 2011 at 5:37 am

Oooh, what a great idea! I bet they would be pretty good with some nutritional yeast or parm for that cheesy factor. :)


4 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 27, 2011 at 6:19 am

These are so cute! I usually pick the longer peppers, that way (for me) they are easier to cut up.

I love how orange peppers look like mini pumpkins.


5 Evan Thomas May 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

Such a great idea! Yummy flavors.


6 Eden May 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

you certainly now how to pick em! (pepper, I mean, but I’m sure this applies to other things) 😉


7 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty May 27, 2011 at 8:07 am

Very creative!! It sounds fantastic!! :) I’ve never enjoyed stuffed peppers but these sound really good!!


8 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 27, 2011 at 8:18 am

That looks absolutely AMAZING.

And I have to confess, I like to buy the ugly peppers. I feel bad for them.


9 Allison @ PickyEatingRD May 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

I am digging the stuffed peppers I am seeing all over the blog world. I love to see everyone’s unique take on them! Your recipe is as unique as they come I love it!


10 cooking rookie May 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

So pretty!


11 Heidi @ Basil Vodka May 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I know I’ve totally told you this like a million times, but you probably should start working as a magazine food photographer. Your pictures always turn out so good. I kind of want to lick my computer screen sometimes. TMI? It’s true. These look AMAZING.

Oh and Sheldonut wanted me to tell you to tell Basil Hi. :)


12 Cookie and Kate May 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Oh man, those look incredible. Your recipe is like all of my favorite things… combined. I wish I were growing my own peppers this year, but I can’t wait until they show up at the farmer’s market!


13 Jesse May 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

what a great idea, i need to get some polenta to try this. and yes, i like the peppers that stand up on their own too:)


14 Jenn@slim-shoppin May 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Those peppers are pretty! I do the same thing if I am making stuffed peppers because the first time it wasn’t pretty and they fell over during the baking and stuff fell out.

I love your combo! I’m totally going to make these.


15 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) May 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I just tried polenta the other day and I loved it! I’ve never stuffed a pepper before, this looks so yummy. Anything with the words pizza in it win my heart over :)


16 Shirley @ gfe May 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

No, I’ve never bought peppers considering that factor, but I’ve also never stuffed a lot of peppers. 😉 But now that you have educated me, I’ll be ready! Yummy stuffed peppers, Kristina. Yet another way to get one’s pizza fix without fooling with a crust–love it!



17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Oh, this is another one that is so on my list to make! Dang, those look good! Have a great weekend Kristina!


18 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Nice! 😀 My mom made stuffed peppers sometimes when I was a child, but they had meat and rice in them. I remember I never liked the green ones (and still don’t), so I very much appreciate that you went for red and orange. 😉


19 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

OMG, OMG, OMG! I love this! I love stuffed peppers but have NEVER thought about stuffing with polenta. You = genius

And your pics are stunning. Love the bright colors! I have 1 yellow and 1 orange pepper in my fridge right now, I bought them on sale and planned to stuff them. But I don’t think I can top your recipe — YUM! :)


20 Val May 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Delicious and gorgeous, my dear


21 Lentil Breakdown May 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I like the way you think (and cook)!


22 Midlife Cruiser May 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I dig stuffed peppers! The Italian in me is loving the polenta. Where do you come up with these drool worthy recipes?? Did you see we are in Oregon now? Land of lime green mossy trees! We are at Lake of the Woods & it’s colder than a witch’s tata!! It’s snooooowing! Can’t wait to meet you in person!! You better not really be a teenage boy 😉


23 K @ funinphotos May 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

These look great!


24 Cookin' Canuck May 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm

This is a really nice spin on standard pepper stuffing. It looks as though you found the perfect peppers!


25 Clara May 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I’m a Fan!


26 Pure2raw twins June 1, 2011 at 4:22 am

Hey girl we are a little behind on blogs but I wanted to say wow these look amazing!!! Never been a huge stuffed pepper fan but these look like something I just have to try 😉 YUM


27 Pauline September 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

these sound so good!!


28 Nanette September 16, 2011 at 4:11 am

I’ve been looking for new ways to use polenta, thank you! these are adorable!


29 Darren November 2, 2011 at 3:45 am

made again these last night; even better than the first time remembered. again thanks for all creative foods here, we like website a good deal.

-Darren H


30 Linn November 4, 2011 at 6:22 am

this filling is wonderful! have enjoyed a few times now, the flavors are very good. I am the opposite, green being my favorite pepper, so that is one we choose. still flavors are good!


31 Steph November 6, 2011 at 3:59 am

these sound really delicious. I came here from tastespotting and am overwhelmed by the goo food and photos!!


32 Stace November 8, 2011 at 8:25 am

we made these as tonight’s dinner, SO GOOD! thank you, a perfectly flavored recipe.


33 Kendall November 13, 2011 at 6:21 am

these sound delicious too, another bookmarked!


34 spabettie November 14, 2011 at 7:16 am

I hope you like them, Kendall – this is one of my favorites!


35 Corrie November 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm

sounds incredible, anything that tastes like pizza is a win in my book!!


36 spabettie November 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm

thanks, Corrie – I agree completely!


37 Indra November 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm

these are SO cute!! I will have to remember for next year. I always make my quinoa or grains with broth for flavor, I will have to try juice now, genius!!


38 Sondra K. November 29, 2011 at 11:08 am

these are beautiful and they sound amazing! pizza flavor is always a hit at our house. love it!


39 Halina December 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

we love these! they were last night dinner and today breakfast! :)


40 Jenni February 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

these sound very good!


41 Pam February 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

anything pizza, YUM! this looks very good, thanks


42 Larissa March 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I love this filling! my kids won’t eat the pepper, but they devour seconds of the filling, so I am happy LOL


43 Rollins April 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm

great flavor in the filling – we didnt get as cute as you, simply filled a half pepper. wonderful!


44 Natachasteven April 17, 2012 at 3:16 am

I love your blog, so glad I discovered it!


45 Michele October 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

these are too cute!


46 spabettie October 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

thanks, Michele!


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