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Stuffed Banana Peppers

Stuffed Banana Peppers are a simple, delicious family meal made with pantry ingredients. Made with a simple sausage and rice stuffing, this twist on traditional stuffed peppers will become a family favorite!

This post is sponsored by Quaker. All opinions remain my own.

I’ve often heard that necessity is the mother of invention. If that’s true, I can thank our local stay-at-home order for this Stuffed Banana Peppers recipe!

Like most people, I'm minimizing the number of trips I take to the grocery store and this forces me to get creative! These Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers are a fun twist on a traditional recipe AND they use several pantry items.

Stuffed Banana Peppers

Usually, you see Italian stuffed peppers that use bell peppers. So why did I use banana peppers? Well, because I love them! They are mild, sweet, and tangy. I thought they would be the perfect complement to the savory stuffing in this recipe.

The stuffing for these simple Stuffed Banana Peppers is deceptively simple! As the base of the stuffing, I used Beef Rice a Roni, but Chicken Rice a Roni would work well, too.

Stuffed Banana Pepeprs

Using Rice a Roni is an smart shortcut that will save you both time and ingredients!

The Beef Rice a Roni flavor has both rice and vermicelli noodle. The flavors are savory and include onions, carrots, garlic, and beef broth. It is a serious timesaver!

Beef Rice a Roni

To your cooked Rice a Roni, you will add a few simple ingredients to complete your stuffing. I added pasta sauce, cooked lean Italian turkey sausage and a bit of Parmesan cheese.

Stuffed Banana Peppers

When picking your banana peppers, choose large, bright yellow peppers with smooth, unblemished skin.

Slice the banana peppers along their widest side to help them stay upright in your pan, and remember to remove the seeds!

Stuffed Banana Peppers

Once stuffed and in the oven, these Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers bake for only 15-20 minutes.

When the peppers are almost done, sprinkle with melty mozzarella and return to the oven to finish! If a fork can easily pierce the skin of the pepper, they’re ready to eat.

Stuffed Banana Peppers

I recommend serving these Italian stuffed peppers with a simple green salad like my mother-in-law’s fantastic Italian house salad.

Stuffed Banana Peppers

Stuffed Banana Peppers

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Stuffed Banana Peppers are a simple, delicious family meal made with pantry ingredients. Made with a simple sausage and rice stuffing, this twist on traditional stuffed peppers will become a family favorite!


  • 2.5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 package Rice a Roni, Beef Flavor (6.8 ounces)
  • 8 banana peppers, halved
  • 1-pound Italian turkey sausage*
  • 2 cups low sodium pasta sauce, divided in half
  • ⅓ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Prepare Beef Rice a Roni in a large skillet using water and butter according to package instructions.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. In a large skillet, brown Italian sausage until cooked through, about 6-7 minutes.
  4. Carefully drain the cooked sausage of any additional grease.
  5. To the sausage, add 2 cups cooked Beef Rice a Roni, 1 cup of the pasta sauce, parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine.
  6. Prepare a 9x13’’ baking dish with cooking spray and spread 1 cup of pasta sauce across the bottom. Place the halved banana peppers in the dish. Scoop the sausage and rice mixture into the pepper cavities, heaping them slightly above the edge of the pepper.
  7. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and test the peppers for doneness. A fork should easily pierce through the skin of the pepper.
  9. If not done, return to the oven to bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  10. When the peppers are cooked through, top each with shredded mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
  11. Serve warm.

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Sunday 7th of November 2021

It says 2 cups of the pasta sauce divided in half, then we use 1 on the bottom of the pan and the other cup is never mentioned??

Kay Baker

Monday 4th of July 2022

@Michelle Goth, can you substitute the sausage for ground beef of turkey

Michelle Goth

Friday 19th of November 2021

Hi Kristin! Sorry about that, the other cup should be added to the pepper stuffing mixture. I've fixed the recipe!

Beth Pierce

Thursday 21st of May 2020

I made this the other night and I love this! My husband loves this too! Thanks!

Michelle Goth

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

So glad it turned out for you guys! :)


Thursday 21st of May 2020

OMG YES! I had no idea stuffed banana peppers was a thing and I simply love this recipe! We always have oodles of banana peppers each summer.

Michelle Goth

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

It's SO delish! I love these way more than stuffed bell peppers.

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