Italian Bell Pepper Stew Recipe (Peperonata) on a white dish.

Italian Bell Pepper Stew Recipe aka Peperonata

Peperonata or Italian Bell Pepper Stew is a traditional Italian recipe where bell peppers and onions are simmered together to create a tasty dish. This family recipe for peperonata can be served as an appetizer, side dish, sauce for pastas, pizza topping or snuggled in a sandwich.
Course Appetizer or side
Cuisine Italian
Keyword peperonata, peperonata recipe, pepper stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 135kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic whole
  • 6 bell peppers red, orange, yellow, sliced into 1/4-1/2 inch strips
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup parsley chopped
  • 1/3 cup basil chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan (over medium-high heat).
  • Add the sliced onions and saut√© until onions soften (reduce to medium heat).
  • Add the whole cloves of garlic.
  • Lower heat to medium-low.
  • Add the sliced peppers all at once over the onions. Do not stir.
  • Cover your pan and let the mixture stew together for about 10 minutes. Every once in a while give your pan a shake.
  • When the peppers have softened, add the red wine and simmer on medium heat for about 5-10 more minutes, uncovered.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add parsley, basil, and season to taste.


Can be served at room temperature.
If you are a fan of hot peppers, you can easily add one to this recipe.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4075IU | Vitamin C: 158.5mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg