Beef and rice seasoned with herbs and a robust pasta sauce fill these tender, flavorful peppers. If you don't have dried Italian seasoning, use 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano. Make sure the bell peppers are 10 ounces or larger so the beef stuffing will fit.
2 large green bell peppers (about 10 ounces each)
3/4 pound ground sirloin
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (8.8-ounce) package precooked whole-grain brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
1 cup tomato-basil pasta sauce (such as Classico)
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
How to Make It
Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place bell pepper halves, cut sides up, in an 11 x 7inch baking dish. Microwave at HIGH 6 to 7 minutes or until tender.
While bell peppers cook, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef and onion until browned, stirring to crumble beef. Drain, if necessary; return to pan. Stir in dried Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, brown rice, and pasta sauce. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until warm, stirring occasionally.
Fill bell pepper halves with beef mixture; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Microwave at HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese melts.
Microwaveable precooked rice, such as whole-grain brown, long-grain white, jasmine, or basmati, is a great shortcut instead of cooking rice from scratch. Precooked rice can be used as a stuffing, stirred into soups, or served as a healthy ninety-second side. It comes in an assortment of flavors, but be sure to look at each one's nutrition labelsome seasoned varieties can be high in sodium.
Husband and I really liked this and will make it over and over. Here's my version... Uncle B's microwave rice w/vegetables (carrots, corn & peas) in addition to the reg recipe. Used tomato sauce instead of diced and shredded Colby/jack. We also preferred yellow or orange peppers vs green (we tried one of each). Thanks for posting this recipe! Easy to tweak to your taste.
This was so easy, never had to turn on the oven. My family and friends loved it and wished I had made more. I accidentally forgot to add the rice, ended up mixing the cheese and rice together with the mixture before heating it a final time in the microwave and it came out great.
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