Easy Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers seem fancy but it’s an easy way to serve peppers! Tender bell peppers stuffed with a zesty ground beef, sausage, rice, and tomato filling. Top it all with cheese and bake until bubbly. 

Serve these with a fresh salad and some crusty bread (for sopping up any sauce).

Stuffed Peppers in clear glass baking dish

Ingredients

Stuffed Bell Peppers are easy to make and everyone loves them!

  • MEAT We fill these with a mixture of beef and sausage but you can use one or the other (or even ground turkey if you prefer)
  • RICE I use long grain white rice but I do sometimes replace the rice with Cauliflower Rice.
  • SAUCE Use your fave marinara sauce or pasta sauce. Add in some herbs (fresh if you’ve got them) and onions. If you like a little heat, stir in some chili flakes.

Peppers for Stuffed Peppers

While I used green peppers in this recipe, any color bell pepper (red/yellow/orange) will work just fine. The peppers do have different flavors so it can depend on your personal taste preference.

  • Green peppers are a bit zestier and we love the flavor with the filling mixture.
  • If you like sweeter peppers, red, yellow, or orange are great options.

Stuffed Pepper recipe ingredients in a pot

How to make Stuffed Peppers

My friends often ask me how to make stuffed bell peppers and my response is always the same – it’s so easy! While these may look difficult, if you follow these easy steps, you will have perfect stuffed peppers every time!

  1. Brown meat, onion, and garlic (per recipe below). Add tomato sauce, rice and seasonings and cook until rice is tender.
  2. While the filling is cooking, prepare your peppers by simmering 5 minutes to soften or even bake them in the oven for 15 minutes if you’d like.
  3. Fill peppers with pasta sauce, meat and rice mixture. Top with cheese and bake until bubbly!

I usually cut my peppers across the top but you can also cut them top to bottom to make smaller portions (like in these Mexican Stuffed Peppers).

Do You Have to Pre-cook the Peppers Before Stuffing Them?  No you don’t have to precook the peppers, but they do stay quite crisp if you don’t pre-cook them. I think they’re better if you pre-cook them a bit.

Stuffed Peppers in baking dish with tomato sauce

How Long to Cook Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers should be cooked at about 350°F for about 45 minutes. Be sure to cover with foil during the initial 30-35 minutes to ensure they do not dry out. Uncover and top with cheese and bake for the remaining 10 minutes or so until brown and bubbly.

Great Sides

This dish goes well with a fresh salad and bread. Here are some favorites:

Stuffed Pepper being lifted out of baking dish

Make Ahead & Leftovers

Stuffed peppers can be frozen and they are a great make-ahead meal!

To Freeze Stuffed Peppers prepare and bake as directed below. They can be frozen individually or together in a baking dish. To re-heat, simply thaw in the fridge overnight and bake in a 350°F oven until heated through.

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Stuffed Peppers

Tender bell peppers stuffed with a zesty beef and rice filling with tomato sauce are baked until bubbly.
Course Beef, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 385
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 6 bell peppers
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can small diced tomatoes 14 ½ ounces
  • ½ cup white rice uncooked
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 ½ cups marinara sauce divided
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut the tops off the peppers (reserve the tops), remove seeds and membranes and discard. Chop tops of the peppers to add to the filling.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook peppers 5 minutes. Remove and drain well.
  • In a large skillet, brown beef, sausage, onion & garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat. 
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes with juice, rice, 1 ¼ cup water, diced pepper tops, Worcestershire sauce, and Italian seasoning.
  • Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and cover. Cook 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. You can add more water if needed. Stir in ½ cup marinara sauce.
  • Place 1 ½ cups of marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Fill each pepper with the rice mixture. Spoon remaining marinara sauce over peppers.
  • Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes. Remove foil, baste peppers with any sauce in the bottom. Top with cheddar and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and peppers are tender.

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Notes

If you firmer/tender-crisp peppers, skip the boiling step and bake as directed.

Nutrition

Calories: 385 | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 933mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 4255IU | Vitamin C: 166.8mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3.7mg

 

 

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Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Easy Stovetop Chicken and Rice

Chicken and Rice is a deliciously simple comforting dish made in just one pot on the stovetop!

In this recipe, a very simple blend of chicken, mushrooms, rice, and peas simmer to make a quick cozy meal without being overly heavy.

mixing Chicken and Rice in a pot

Ingredients

This is a light simple stovetop version of a chicken rice casserole with a handful of veggies.

CHICKEN Chicken breasts or thighs work well in this dish. If you have leftover chicken, it can be added in the last few minutes of cooking so it doesn’t overcook.

VEGETABLES  Thick slices of mushrooms & green peas are a great combination! If you’ve got other veggies like broccoli or asparagus, they work in this recipe too!

RICE Basmati rice is fragrant and cooks perfectly in this recipe. You can use your favorite type of rice but depending on the variety, cook time may need to be adjusted.

ingredients in bowls to make Chicken and Rice

How to Make Chicken and Rice

Making this recipe is super easy, it comes together in just a few steps:

  1. Cook mushrooms and set aside.
  2. Soften onions, add chicken & brown. Add wine and reduce.

process of adding ingredients to pot to make Chicken and Rice

  1. Add mushrooms, broth, rice, & bay leaf to the pan. Cover & simmer.
  2. Remove from the heat, discard bay leaf. Stir in butter, peas and cream.

Top with Parm & serve immediately.

cooked Chicken and Rice in the pot

 

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Did you make this Chicken & Rice? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Easy Chicken and Rice

This Chicken & Rice dish is super flavorful & budget-friendly, it’s the perfect weekday meal!
Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 462
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced and divided
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 pound chicken breasts or thighs, diced
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup white wine optional
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth not low sodium
  • 1 cup basmati rice uncooked
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese for garnish, optional
  • 2/3 cup light cream

Instructions

  • Cook mushrooms over medium heat with olive oil until tender, about 6 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Cook onions (use same pan as mushrooms) until softened, about 5 minutes. Season the chicken with poultry seasoning, thyme, and salt and pepper. Add chicken and garlic, cook 2-3 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned on the outside.
  • Add wine and cook 3-5 minutes or until wine is reduced to half.
  • Stir in the mushrooms, broth, rice, and bay leaf. Cover and simmer 18-20 or until rice is tender.
  • Remove from heat and discard bay leaf. Stir in peas, butter and cream. Cover and let rest 5 minutes.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese if using.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 462 | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 911mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 522IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg
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Chicken and Rice in the pot and plated with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Easy Chicken and Rice Bake

No peak chicken

After weeks of health issues and doctor and specialists appointments, I just want to think about something else. ANYTHING else. These days, I have been making easy recipes. Some are so embarrassingly easy I just can’t get the nerve to post them on this blog. This recipe is probably one of them. Don’t be too hard on me. Remember, I’ve not been well lately.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 can cream of chicken
  • 1 can cream of mushroom
  • 1 empty soup can of water
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pack Lipton onion soup mix

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Prepare a  9″ x 13″ baking dish by greasing with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix rice, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, water, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  4. Pour rice mixture in prepared baking dish.
  5. Place chicken breasts on top of rice mixture.
  6. Salt and pepper each chicken breast.
  7. Spoon equal amounts of dry onion soup mix on top of each chicken breast. No peak chicken 1
  8. Cover dish with foil.
  9. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. No peaking!
  10. Garnish with chopped parsley. (Optional)No peak chicken 2

Originally posted at Joanns Food for Thought