Florentine Stuffed Baby Peppers

By: Marge Perry & David Bonom


3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil divided
6 garlic cloves minced
1 medium of onion finely chopped
1 teaspoon of dried basil
3 (5-ounce) of containers baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon of salt divided
1/4 teaspoon of pepper divided
1 cup of fresh breadcrumbs
1 cup of shredded Asiago cheese
1/4 cup of grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 pound of mixed sweet mini peppers halved lengthwise and seeded


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a Circulon Innovatum Nonstick Skillet over medium. Add the garlic, onion and dried basil; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7-8 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted and very tender, 7-8 minutes. Remove from the heat a and stir in the breadcrumbs, Asiago cheese, Romano cheese, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper.
  3. Toss the pepper halves with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place the peppers, cut side up on a Circulon Baking Sheet. Divide the spinach mixture among the pepper halves. Bake in the center of the oven until the peppers are tender and the cheese has melted, 14-15 minutes. Serve hot or room temperature.