1poundHot or Sweet Italian turkey sausage or other similar sausage
1small bell pepper, diced
2/3cupfinely diced onion
3whole bell peppers, assorted colors
12ouncesmozzarella cheese, cubed
24ouncesjarred marinara sauce or homemade
salt and pepper, to taste
6slicesmozzarella cheese, for topping
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Meanwhile, prep the brown rice and sausage. Cook the brown rice according to package directions. Set aside.
Cook and crumble the sausage over medium heat until cooked through. Drain the sausage on a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside. In the same skillet, add a drizzle of oil if needed and saute the diced bell pepper and onion until slightly softened. Set aside.
Slice the bell peppers in half from the stem down to the bottom, leaving the stem intact. Remove the seeds and membrane. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add the sausage, rice, sauteed onions and peppers, mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 of the marinara sauce. Add oregano and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Fill the bell pepper halves with the sausage and rice mixture.
To the remaining sausage and rice mixture, add the remaining marinara sauce. Stir to combine and spread in a greased 9x13 pan. Nestle the stuffed pepper halves on top. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes or until heated through and peppers are crisp-tender. Top the peppers with sliced mozzarella and bake for another 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve and store leftovers in an airtight container.