Crunchy nut Romano peppers recipe

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Baked red stuffed peppers, stuffed with couscous and hazelnuts - so easy to make. For more pepper recipes visit

Crunchy nut Romano peppers
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  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories310 Kcal16%
Fat18 g26%
Saturated Fat2 g10%

Vegetables don't have to be just sitting on the side of the dish, why not turn the vegetabled into a bowl! Soft baked red peppers are the perfect container to fill with a nutty couscous filling for a great combination of textures.  It's quick and easy to make for a simple lunch that will please vegetarians and meat-eaters too.


  • 4 red Romano peppers
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 45g blanched hazelnuts, chopped
  • 30g pine nuts
  • 90g couscous
  • 60g raisins
  • 3tbsp small capers, rinsed and drained, optional
  • About 10 mint leaves
  • Salt and ground black pepper




  1. Set the oven to gas mark 6 or 200°C. Halve the peppers lengthways. Lay them on a baking sheet, skin-side up, and sprinkle with oil. Put them in the oven to bake for 15 mins.
  2. Line another baking sheet with foil and put the hazelnuts on one side and the pine nuts on the other. Roast in the oven. The pine nuts will take 6-8 mins and the hazelnuts 10 mins. But keep an eye on them.
  3. Meanwhile, put the couscous in a large bowl and pour over about 200ml boiling water. Stir in the raisins and leave for 10 mins.
  4. Scrape juices from the pepper tray into the couscous. Add the nuts, capers, if using, and torn mint leaves. Season well. Fill the peppers with the couscous mixture.
  5. Cover the tray loosely with foil. Bake for 10 mins, take the foil off and bake for another 10 mins. Serve peppers hot, drizzled with more olive oil, and with rocket leaves, if you like.
Top Tip for making Crunchy nut Romano peppers

If not cooking for a vegetarian, you can add a few chopped anchovies for extra flavour.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies