Stuffed with heart-healthy turkey, these stuffed peppers are both good and good for you!
1 pound Italian turkey sausage, removed from casing and crumbled
1 cup uncooked rice
8 ounces mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
6 bell peppers (any color), tops removed, hollowed
1 32-oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
How to Make It
In a medium bowl, combine sausage, rice, mozzarella and basil. Spoon mixture into peppers, filling each one about 3/4 full. Place peppers in slow cooker. Pour tomatoes over peppers. Pour broth around sides of peppers.
Cover and cook on low until peppers are softened, rice is tender and filling is cooked through (an instant-read thermometer stuck into filling should read 165ºF), 5 to 6 hours. Sprinkle peppers with Parmesan and serve.
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I almost didn't make this recipe based on some of the reviews. I'm sure glad I did, it was delicious and easy! I used Italian turkey sausage, as the recipe said, and didn't find it bland at all. Also I cooked it for about 8 hours on low because I had to make it in the morning before work in order to have sufficient cooking time, so undercooked rice was not an issue for mine. I am making it again tonight.
This was really, really good! I used hot Italian turkey sausage and used half brown and half white rice. Didn't have enough fresh regular basil, so I used some fresh Thai basil. My slow cooker doesn't have HIGH/LOW settings; I think they are figured into the time settings (4, 6, 8). I cooked these for six hours. Very tasty!
I made this tonight for Dinner & I did do 3 things different....I use ground chuck & a small can of tomato sauce & some Italian season & I also doubled it. I had my Mother over for dinner & everyone loved it!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!
I think they should rework these directions. For one thing, I've never known rice to cook any time recipe calls for uncooked?? I always precook or use leftover rice (within 1 or 2 days only) because I don't like crunchy rice? Like one reviewer says, we've got to up the spices on turkey, it has almost no, really no flavor on it's own, especially ground turkey. Think of it as a blank canvas and go to town painting it with your favorite spices. Using pre cooked rice makes this dish much, MUCH better! I also added Italian Seasonings: Basil, Oregano, Garlic Powder (never salt*), plus I sprinkled a little BBQ spice on the turkey and it came out great!
After reading the reviews about this recipe being bland, I added a whole shallot and poblano pepper, as well as some dried oregano and parsley. The flavor was good, but the rice was crunchy. There wasn't enough water in the pepper to cook the rice.
those who find this bland might need this reminder. double or triple your seasonings when using ground turkey or chicken as compared to ground beef. i learned this by experimenting when i began using ground turkey years ago.