Lentil-and-Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

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6 servings (serving size: 2 pepper halves)


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3 red bell peppers
3 yellow bell peppers
3 cups water, divided
1/2 cup dried brown lentils
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1 cup diced onion
8 ounces basil, pine nut, and chicken sausage, chopped (such as Gerhard's)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup dried currants or raisins
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon capers
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese


Cut bell peppers in half, keeping stems intact. Discard seeds and membranes. Cook bell peppers in boiling water 5 minutes; drain and set aside.

Combine 2 cups water, lentils, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add rice and onion. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Set aside. Place sausage in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; saute until browned.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine lentils, rice mixture, sausage, mozzarella, and remaining ingredients except Parmesan in a large bowl. Divide lentil mixture evenly among bell peppers; sprinkle with Parmesan. Place stuffed peppers in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish; cover and bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Created date

September 2000

Nutritional Information

Calories 292
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 9.7 g
Satfat 4.2 g
Monofat 2.4 g
Polyfat 2.7 g
Protein 19.2 g
Carbohydrate 33.7 g
Fiber 4.3 g
Cholesterol 48 mg
Iron 4 mg
Sodium 541 mg
Calcium 211 mg