Pampered Chef’s Italian Stuffed Peppers


How cute are these? If you should happen to make stuffed peppers this month, give it a Halloween twist! Here’s the recipe for Pampered Chef’s(r) Italian Stuffed Peppers! So yummy and quickly made in the Deep Covered Baker in the microwave in less than 30 minutes!
Italian Stuffed Peppers
1/2 cup uncooked instant white rice
3/4 cup finely diced onion

2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tbsp Italian seasoning mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 1/4 cups spaghetti or marinara sauce, divided
2 links hot Italian sausage with casings removed
12 oz 90% lean beef
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
6 medium green bell peppers

(Note: For vegetarians…try a veggie sausage, Quorn, Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo..etc)

1. Combine rice with 1/2 cup boiling water; let stand 5 minutes. Add onions, pressed garlic, seasoning mix, salt, pepper and 3/4 cup of marinara sauce; mix well. Break sausage into small pieces into a bowl. Add beef and 1 cup of cheese; mix gently but thoroughly.

2. Cut tops off of bell peppers; remove stems and seeds. Pierce bottoms of peppers several times with tip of utility knife. Place peppers cut-side up in deep covered baker. Divide meat mixture evenly into peppers. Microwave, covered, on high 15-18 minutes or until internal temp of meat mixture in each pepper is 160 degrees.

3. Carefully remove baker from microwave. Divide remaining sauce evenly over tops of peppers. Cover; microwave 1-2 minutes or until sauce is hot. Top with remaining cheese. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.Remove peppers from baker using tongs; allow excess liquid to drain from peppers.

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