Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

by Rachel Gurk on August 9, 2013 · 22 comments

in Main Dish, Pizza, Pork

 These Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Peppers have all the flavor and goodness of pizza…in a bell pepper! Pretty, delicious, and (mostly) healthy. 

Quinoa Pizza Stuffed Bell Peppers |

So, I recently turned 30.

I’m officially OLD.

All the more reason to watch what you eat, right? I feel like I’ve had a slightly obscene amount of sweets around here lately. The No Bake Peanut Butter Bars were especially damaging to my waistline.

Figured it was due time to have a savory recipe…and something slightly healthier. Slightly. We’ll just say it’s better than actual pizza. You have power packed quinoa, fresh basil, flavorful mushrooms. Oh yeah…and tons of cheese and pepperoni. Minor details. But it’s all packaged up in a sweet red bell pepper rather than greasy crust. So that’s a win.

This isn’t my first go-around with stuffing quinoa into a bell pepper. If you’re craving tex-mex, make sure to try my southwestern quinoa stuffed peppers. I think I loved this recipe even more than that recipe, though. These are moist on the inside and you get the gooey bits of fresh mozzarella, the slightly spicy pepperoni, and the fresh basil to keep things lively.

Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Peppers



PS: I don’t claim to be a gluten-free expert…but these are gluten-free, right? 



Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10 bell pepper halves

Serving Size: serves 5 (2 each)

These Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Peppers have all the flavor and goodness of a bell pepper! Pretty, delicious, and (mostly) healthy.


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 3.15 ounce package of sliced pepperoni, slices cut into quarters
  • 8 ounces of perline (pearl) mozzarella, liquid drained
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil, more for garnish
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 5 red bell peppers, sliced in half and hollowed out


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except parmesan cheese and bell peppers.
  3. Meanwhile, place red pepper halves in boiling water and cook for three minutes. Remove and let cool so that you can handle them.
  4. Fill pepper halves with quinoa mixture and place in a large baking dish (9x13 or bigger). Repeat until all pepper halves are full. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the top and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and peppers are heated through. Enjoy immediately.


If you can’t find pearl mozzarella you can cut up any type of fresh mozzarella into small pieces.

I use and love Hormel Natural Choice Pepperoni (not sponsored!)

Verdict: Loved these! The filling was so flavorful and perfect.

Husband’s take: He approved. He liked this heathier take on pizza.

Changes I would make: None are necessary.

Difficulty: Easy!

More great quinoa recipes:

Savory Asian Quinoa Pancakes

Quinoa Pancakes

Savory Quinoa Muffins

Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Celery

Italian Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers from Ambitious Kitchen

Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf from Gluten-Free Goddess

Quinoa with Corn and Scallions from Just a Taste



{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julia August 9, 2013 at 10:31 am

These peppers look delicious!! Pepperoni?? So delicious and healthy! You’re not old, my dear. I feel like once you reach you’re 30s, you’re able to enjoy life in a mature yet still young way!! :)


2 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

Happy 30th Birthday, girl! Knew it was your birthday when I read Shanna’s post, over at Pineapple and Coconut, early this morning. She made such a cute treat for you to celebrate! Thank you for sharing this tasty and healthy recipe, Rachel. And, have a great weekend! xo


3 Christina August 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

This is such a great idea Rachel! Hope you had fun celebrating your birthday. :)


4 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

happy birthday rachel! these peppers sound amazing!!!


5 Nicole@HeatOvento350 August 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I love the pizza and quinoa twist on these. They sound delicious.


6 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Happy Birthday, Rachel! 30 is not as bad once you get there :)
Love these stuffed peppers! Pinned!


7 Stephanie August 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm

This looks declicious. This would be a nice twist on pizza night!


8 Alida August 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Happy birthday! These stuffed peppers are such a good idea. Quinoa, veggies, cheese…sign me up! I can’t wait to try making them into a vegetarian version.


9 The Candid RD August 11, 2013 at 8:31 am

haha, you better be careful saying that 30 is old!! My mom, and many others might be slightly offended ;) Just sayin (I said that once to my aunt who is 55, when I turned 30 last year, she wasn’t too happy, lol).

Yes, these are gluten free, and sound delicious! Just be sure to buy a certified GF pepperoni, because those sometimes have gluten fillers.


10 natalie@thesweetslife August 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Rachel these are so brilliant! I picked up some pepperoni yesterday with these in mind :)


11 sheila August 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Ok these look amazing… I really need to give these a try.


12 Bev @ Bev Cooks August 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Girl if you are old than I am fossilized.

Happy birthday!

And feed me.


13 Donalyn@The Creekside Cook August 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I love this idea – quinoa is a huge favorite around here, so I can see this showing up here soon!


14 Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out August 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Far from old, my dear! Although I hear ya on the sweets damaging one’s waistline…that’s an issue around here, too. Homemade ice cream…whoops. I’ll take this “healthy” recipe and run with it! Any way I can pretend cheese is good for me is fine by me :-)


15 Anne [A Squared] August 14, 2013 at 8:41 am

These look delicious– and I could probably even get my husband to eat them!


16 Laura @ The Rookie Cook August 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Yum, these look great! I’ve only make stuffed peppers a couple of times, but the hubby loves them, so I’d love to try this great looking pizza version. Pinned!


17 Jim Strotman August 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

I use turkey bacon cut into pepperoni chunks — don’t eat pork and could not find fake pepperoni; regardless, they are Yummmy and a stand by. Thanks you so much.


18 Ashley September 9, 2013 at 10:12 am

What a fun twist on stuffed peppers! These look super fun :)


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