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Stuffed Italian long hots on white plate with marinara sauce for dipping

Stuffed Italian Long Hots (Sausage and Cheese)

Make these super easy and delicious stuffed Italian long hot peppers for your next get together, or as a quick meal along with a big salad! Crunchy on outside, bursting with flavor on inside!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 409kcal
Author Marie


  • 6 Italian long hot peppers washed, seeded, and cut in half (see notes for substitutions)
  • 1 pound Italian sausage pork, chicken, turkey or plant based
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese diced
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp dried breadcrumbs
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper

For Serving

  • marinara or pizza sauce optional, for dipping
  • chopped parsley or basil for garnish


  • Wash and dry peppers, then slice in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
    sliced long hots (seeded and cleaned) on wooden board
  • Combine breadcrumbs with grated cheese in small bowl and then remove sausage from casing and place in a separate bowl.
  • Add diced provolone to sausage and combine with fork or by hand.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with tin foil.
  • Using a small spoon, stuff each half of the long hot peppers with the sausage-provolone mixture and place each pepper on a foil-lined baking sheet.
    stuffed Italian long hots on aluminum foil ready to be topped with breadcrumbs and baked
  • Top with some salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the breadcrumb-grated cheese mixture evenly over each pepper.
    Italian long hots on aluminum foiled lined sheet ready to be baked
  • Drizzle a little olive oil over the peppers and then place on grill or in the oven and cook until the top is browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.
    Alternatively, you may cook on grill over medium high heat.
  • Serve as is or with a dipping sauce like marinara or pizza sauce


  • Peppers - Italian long hots are hard to find in many areas of country. Substitute with Mesilla, Cowhorn, or cubanelle peppers or simply use long sweet banana peppers (add some hot pepper flakes or use hot sausage in stuffing).
  • Cheese - Parmesan can be used in place of Pecorino Romano; mozzarella can be used in place of provolone
  • Sausage - May use pork, chicken, turkey, or plant-based Italian style sausage.
  • Vegetarian - Use plant-based sausage or use cooked and chopped mushrooms.
  • Vegan - Use plant-based meat or mushrooms in place of sausage and use plant based cheese.


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 882mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 697IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 273mg | Iron: 2mg