Stuffed Bell Peppers
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With Spring here and Summer gardening already on the horizon I can’t help but look forward to the bounty of bell peppers we will grow and an abundance of these easy and tasty Stuffed Bell Peppers cropping up on our dinner plates. This came to be in what I like to refer to a “clean out the fridge night” where I had just a little pasta sauce, rice and ground meat to do something with and an excess of fresh bell peppers from our garden. What came about has since been fine tuned into what our family loves and asks for routinely. Make ahead and freeze for simple freezer to oven meals that are filling and help use up that excess of fresh produce.
If making large batches to freeze, allow to cool completely and warp each pepper in plastic wrap then aluminum foil to keep fresh for up to 4 months in freezer. Add an extra 25-30 minutes to cook time if pulling from freezer to oven for perfectly cooked stuffed peppers any week night.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
- 6 Large Green Bell Peppers
- 1 Pound Ground Turkey or Ground Beef
- 2 Cups Cooked White or Brown Rice
- 1 Can Diced Stewed Tomatoes
- 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning Blend
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar
- Slice tops off bell peppers and clean inside removing membranes and seeds but leaving pepper intact. Set aside.
- In large stockpot, cook ground beef until no longer pink and heated through.
- Add in rice, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and Italian Seasoning blend.
- Mix together and heat on high for 4-5 minutes.
- Spray large casserole dish with non stick spray and preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Place bell peppers in casserole dish and scoop rice/meat mixture into each pepper until full.
- Sprinkle tops with cheese
- May use toothpicks inserted in sides as “legs” to help stabilize bell peppers as needed.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes
These bell peppers will soften as they bake and the wonderful filling will seep flavors into the peppers giving them a nice sweet taste that even the kids will enjoy. Stuffed Bell Peppers are a classic paupers meal that is hearty and inexpensive to make but beautiful enough to present to guests.