Their shape makes them perfect for stuffing, but bell peppers can add their sweet, juicy flavors to everything from soup to pizza.
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7 Ways With Bell PeppersWith their multicolored skins, bell peppers add bright, vibrant color to any dish. Eat them raw or coax new flavors from these versatile vegetables with easy techniques like roasting and sautéeing. Once purchased, store peppers in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and use within a week.
Red Pepper-Cauliflower SoupRoasted red bell peppers, steamed cauliflower, shallots, and chicken stock make for a creamy soup that's as light as it is delicious. Swap vegetable stock for the chicken broth to make it vegetarian.
Mediterranean Lamb- and Couscous-Stuffed PeppersStuffed yellow bell peppers take on rich global flavors with a hearty filling of ground lamb, herbs, and salty feta cheese. Substitute ground beef or turkey for the lamb if you like, but keep the mint-thyme-rosemary herb combination for maximum flavor.
Fennel-Pepper SlawDrizzle sweet bell peppers and thinly sliced fennel with a homemade lemon vinaigrette for a refreshingly crisp, crunchy salad. Serve it on the side, or fold the colorful mixture into wraps and sandwiches.
Meatballs and PeppersFor some pure comfort food, steep multicolored bell pepper strips in beef broth, then thicken into rich gravy. Add pan-seared meatballs and serve over garlicky mashed potatoes, rice, or egg noodles.
Three-Pepper PizzaIn less time that it takes to have pizza delivered, this easy six-ingredient pie can be on the table. Start with refrigerated dough for the base, crown with a little tomato paste, and top with a variety of diced peppers and onion for a colorful, flavorful veggie pizza.
Grilled Portobello, Bell Pepper, and Goat Cheese SandwichesMarinate portobello mushroom caps and sweet bell peppers in homemade balsamic vinaigrette, then grill on a flattened Kaiser roll for a panini-style sandwich. It's an easy weeknight meal that can be prepared on the grill, with an indoor grill pan, or in a skillet.
Sausage-and-Pepper HerosA quick weeknight supper or great meal for sports buffs, this easy sandwich stuffs lightly toasted hero rolls with pan-seared chicken sausage. Bell pepper strips and onions sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and oregano lend a distinctive ballpark air to this hearty sandwich.
How-To Video: Preparing PeppersWatch the how-to video for tips on the best way to slice and chop bell peppers.