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Hearty Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers

Savory bell peppers filled with a delicious beef and rice mixture

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Hearty Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers

Difficulty:IntermediatePrep time: 20 minutesCook time:1 hour 20 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time:1 hour 40 minutesServings:6 servingsCalories:376 kcal Best Season:Fall

Description

Enjoy a comforting and flavorful meal with these Hearty Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers. Perfectly tender bell peppers are filled with a savory mixture of ground beef, rice, tomatoes, and seasonings, then baked to perfection. This dish is ideal for family dinners or meal prep.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Trim the tops off the bell peppers, about 1/2 inch from the top, and remove the stems, setting the tops aside. Clear out the cores and strip away any seeds from the inside of the peppers. To ensure they stand upright, slice a thin piece off the bottoms. Poke approximately 4 small holes in the bottoms to allow juices to drain.
  3. Pour 2 1/2 cups of tomato sauce into a 9×13-inch baking dish. Add the chopped onion, beef broth, and red pepper flakes, spreading the mixture evenly across the bottom. Position the bell peppers upright in the dish.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, cooked rice, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce, 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
  5. Gently stuff the bell peppers with the meat mixture. Spread 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce on top of each stuffed pepper, then place the reserved pepper tops back on. Lay a piece of parchment paper loosely over the peppers and cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil. Set the baking dish on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers have softened slightly, about 1 hour. Remove the foil and parchment paper. Continue baking until the meat filling is fully cooked and the peppers are tender, an additional 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Before serving, sprinkle each pepper with 1/2 teaspoon of chopped parsley and drizzle with a spoonful of the pan juices.

Notes

  • – For a spicier version, consider adding a pinch of red pepper flakes to the beef mixture.
    – You can substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef if desired.
    – Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Keywords:stuffed peppers, beef and rice, comfort food, family dinner

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, brown rice can be used as a healthier alternative, just ensure it is fully cooked before adding to the mixture.

Can I freeze the stuffed peppers?

Yes, these stuffed peppers can be frozen. Allow them to cool completely, then wrap each pepper individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

What can I serve with these stuffed peppers?

These stuffed peppers pair well with a side salad, garlic bread, or steamed vegetables.

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