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I had a major Italian comfort food craving… lasagna specifically. But I wanted it to be a little simpler, and you know, a little lower in carbs. Lasagna stuffed peppers it is! This keto stuffed peppers recipe will fill that comfort food craving in a light and healthy way! And I think you’ll love it as much as we do. 🙂 These low carb stuffed peppers are packed with layers of meat sauce, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese.
Italian food is perfect for a gluten-free, lower-carb, and keto makeover, don’t you think? You can get SO much flavor, without the carbs. And these keto stuffed bell peppers are the perfect example of that.
Of course, my top priority with my easy stuffed peppers idea was how to keep it simple, without too many ingredients. Making your own marinara sauce is delicious, so if you have the time to do it for this recipe, by all means go for it. But I’ll be the first to admit, there is definitely something to be said for convenience foods that help make meals come together quickly! Fortunately, marinara is the kind of thing that can be store bought without having weird or artificial ingredients in it – just watch for no added sugar or preservatives.
My goal was to make my gluten-free, low carb lasagna stuffed peppers with all the comfort and deliciousness of lasagna, but without the carbs or complicated steps. Don’t be intimidated by the long cooking duration. Most of it is totally hands off. Once you’ve made the meat sauce, layer it along with ricotta and shredded mozzarella inside your bell peppers, then bake.
The result is pure comfort food, minus the carbs and totally gluten-free. It totally satisfies the need for lasagna. No noodles required! 😉
How To Make Keto Stuffed Peppers
- Make the meat sauce. Brown the ground beef then add in the marinara and Italian seasoning. Let the stuffed peppers keto filling simmer a bit.
- Prepare the peppers. Chop off the top of the peppers and scoop the seeds out.
TIP: If the peppers are wobbly when you stand them upright, slice a tiny bit off of the bottom so that they will stand up.
- Assemble your easy keto stuffed peppers. Layer meat sauce into the bottom of the peppers, then add ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella on top. Repeat with the layers until peppers are filled to the top, with mozzarella being the top layer.
- Bake. Your keto stuffed bell peppers are done when the cheese is melted and golden brown, which will take about 40 minutes.
Are Stuffed Peppers Keto Friendly?
Yes, these no carb stuffed peppers are definitely keto friendly! At just 8 grams net carbs per stuffed pepper, they make a great keto dinner option.
Can You Make Lasagna Stuffed Peppers Ahead?
Yes, you can make lasagna stuffed peppers ahead of time. There are a couple options:
- Make the lasagna meat sauce and cheese mixture ahead. When you are ready to eat, you just need to layer and bake the low carb stuffed peppers.
- Bake the keto friendly stuffed peppers, cool and store in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave or stove when you are ready to eat.
Can You Freeze This Keto Stuffed Peppers Recipe
Yes, and this keto stuffed peppers recipe freezes quite well! Simply cool them down and freeze. You can wrap them individually with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or wrap the entire casserole container up well and freeze.
The low carb stuffed bell peppers will last about 2-3 months in the freezer. When you are ready to eat them, reheat in a 350 degree F oven until hot.
What To Serve With Keto Stuffed Bell Peppers
One thing that I love about this keto stuffed bell pepper recipe is that there are already veggies included! But sometimes you want a little extra on the side. 😉 I love serving it with a low carb salad, here are some side ideas for keto friendly stuffed peppers:
- Chopped Mediterranean Salad – This dressing is SO flavorful. It’s a bright addition to any meal.
- Italian Marinated Artichoke Salad – The flavors of this salad pair perfectly with this keto stuffed peppers recipe.
- Zucchini Noodle Salad – If you love a crunchy salad, this one is for you!
- Low Carb Garlic Bread – Turns out you can get extra veggies in garlic bread form. It’s the best of both worlds. 🙂
More Low Carb Stuffed Peppers Recipes
- Bacon Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers – A low carb twist on the favorite bar snack.
- Buffalo Ranch Chicken Stuffed Peppers – Everyone loves this flavor combo!
- Paleo Stuffed Peppers – Try this recipe with low carb stuffed green peppers or red ones!
- Cheesy Stuffed Pepper Casserole – Swap the rice with cauliflower rice to keep it low carb.
- Fajita Whole30 Stuffed Peppers – Try out Mexican flavors in your next low carb stuffed pepper recipe!
Tools To Make Low Carb Keto Stuffed Peppers
Tap the links below to see the items used to make this recipe.
- Paring Knife – Your lasagna stuffed peppers need to be cut with precision, and this knife makes it easy.
- Ceramic Nonstick Chef Pan – I love these white pans. No sticking and they clean up easily!
- Baking Casserole Dish – Your low carb peppers will stand out in this white baking dish.
Keto Low Carb Lasagna Stuffed Peppers Recipe
Low Carb Keto Lasagna Stuffed Peppers
This low carb keto stuffed peppers recipe is the best kind of comfort food! Layers of meat sauce and cheese fill lasagna stuffed peppers for easy low carb lasagna with just 7 ingredients.
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To prepare the meat sauce, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
Add the ground beef and stir right away so the garlic doesn't burn. Cook for about 10 minutes, breaking apart the meat with a spoon or spatula, until browned.
Stir in marinara sauce and Italian seasoning. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 5-8 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (191 degrees C).
To prepare the peppers, chop off the tops and scoop out the seeds and ribs inside. Slice a tiny layer off the bottoms (without making a hole if possible) so that the peppers are stable standing upright. Place into a medium to large baking dish (this one I use is the perfect size).
To assemble, stuff the peppers with 1/4 cup of meat sauce, 2 tablespoons of ricotta cheese, and 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese. Repeat with the same amounts again, until the peppers are filled to the top, with mozzarella being the top layer.
Tent aluminum foil over the baking dish, making sure the foil is not touching the cheese. Bake stuffed peppers for 30 minutes.
Remove the foil and bake 10 more minutes, until cheese is melted and browned. (If you want extra browning, you can place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes at the end.)
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Serving size: 1 stuffed bell pepper
Nutrition facts are based on whole milk ricotta and 85/15 ground beef.
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