Stuffed Peppers for Four Recipe
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Stuffed Peppers for Four Recipe

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Truly a meal in one, this entree has it all: vegetables, meat, pasta and sauce, all packed into tender peppers and baked. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 medium green peppers
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli-cauliflower blend, thawed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; replace tops. Place in an ungreased shallow round 3-qt. microwave-safe dish; add water. Cover and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, cook orzo according to package directions. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Drain orzo; stir into meat mixture. Add the spaghetti sauce, vegetables and 1/4 cup cheese.
  3. Spoon into peppers. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Stuffed Peppers for Four in Simple & Delicious January/February 2008, p7

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tchr90 User ID: 2795278 157533
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"I don't care for stuffed peppers but I made this for my husband and he loved it. I'm giving it 5 stars because he liked it so much that he asked me how to make it. He now makes it for himself, since we work opposite shifts."

charjohnson User ID: 6443403 157531
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

"I used ground turkey and red bell peppers because they were on sale. It was wonderful."

76ewood User ID: 36252 159921
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2012

"I made this for dinner last night. It was great! I added the salt and pepper as suggested and added some leftover veggies I had instead of the ones suggested...much easier than chopping the others. I blanched the peppers before stuffing them and then baked them in the oven vs the microwave. I also used colby jack cheese since I didn't have the parma. cheese. Nice change from the rice stuffed peppers I used before. I used 4 very large peppers, so I had just enough filling. The only change I'd make would to be to add a bit more seasoning. Not sure what, but it is open for experimenting."

MiiMS9O User ID: 6691361 159919
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"very delicious!"

dmswells User ID: 5519352 175660
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"The filling in this recipe was too runny and it filled 6 peppers, not 4. I will make it again except I will use 6 peppers, 1 cup of orzo, 1-1/2 cups of the vegetables, 1 cup of parmesan cheese divided, 1 cup of spaghetti sauce in the filling and pour the other cup over the top before sprinkling the parmesan over the tops. I also think it needs about 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper or more in the filling. I think I will bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees instead of microwaving the final cooking. I think it will be more firm and easier to eat. The flavor was good but the texture needed improvement."

SherryRoss User ID: 2608412 175658
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"I changed it somewhat, I used Italian Sausage in place of beef. I had some leftover rice (1 cup) so I used it in place of orzo pasta. I increased the broccoli-cauliflower blend to 1 cup. I blanched fresh broccoli and cauliflower in place of frozen.

With the added rice and veggies you can make 5 peppers
I also parboiled the pepper and baked them in the over at 375 for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Great Recipe"

julyan User ID: 1215941 99692
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"I made this tonight and it was wonderful. I never knew stuffed peppers were so easy to make in a microwave. I'll never use my oven again. I did not have any frozen broccoli-cauliflower blend at home so I used a broccoli-carrot blend instead and I substituted a Mexican cheese blend for the Parmesan cheese. The only place where the recipe errors is I got enough of the stuffing to fill at least 6 or more peppers. I plan to buy more tomorrow."

sherry_vinigrette User ID: 5009498 159915
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"Dee-Li-Cious!!! Came out great in my oven. I don't use my microwave a whole lot and I was afraid it would nuke my stuffed peppers to smitherins! I bought a package of bell peppers that contained one of each color - they looked so appetizing! I'm surprised Taste of Home didn't add the nutritional values - you know they test the recipes themselves first and then photograph their results.

ToH - please do update the recipe with the nutritional values - thanks!"

PTuttle User ID: 3628184 140356
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"In response to troi40, if you check out the other stuffed bell peppers on this site you'll see that the peppers are usually pre-cooked in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes. Rinse in cold water and drain while you make the filling. Then bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Since your filling is already precooked you won't need to bake them very long. I like my peppers a little tender-crisp so I start checking them at about 20 minutes to make sure they don't get too mushy. Actually, I've never tried making stuffed bells in the microwave so I might try these. Anything to keep the kitchen cooler on the 100+ degrees day we get here in the San Joaquin Valley. BTW you don't have to rate a recipe to ask a question or comment on it. Giving a 1 star rating without trying it just lowers the rating overall. Not trolling, just commenting."

DBoyer User ID: 427662 85131
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"This recipe sounds incredible. I've never used Orzo, but there's always a first time. The only change I would make is to use a red bell pepper since they have more nutrients and are not so bitter as the green bell peppers."

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