Unstuffed Peppers Recipe
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Unstuffed Peppers Recipe

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If you like stuffed peppers, you'll love this speedy version. It offers all the comforting flavor of the original, but takes just half an hour. Instead of cooking the instant rice, you can use 2 cups leftover cooked rice if you have it on hand. —Beth Dewyer, Du Bois, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 medium green peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 343 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 469mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef, green peppers and onion over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in rice, marinara sauce and seasoning blend. Stir in cheese.
  3. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Toss bread crumbs and oil; sprinkle over the top. Bake 8-10 minutes or until heated through and topping is golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Unstuffed Peppers in Simple & Delicious July/August 2006, p27

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meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 257616
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"I made this with my Foods class to celebrate "Dining In" day. It was quick and easy to make! We actually tripled the recipe to pass out samples to the lunch room! Everyone seemed to really enjoy it. My only change was using brown rice and Italian seasoning. I think it could have used some salt and pepper."

kfnb User ID: 8771061 252272
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2016

"I made this for supper tonight, and I will make it again. The only thing I changed was the rice. I used one cup regular brown rice instead of instant."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 245541
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

"I liked this. Thought it was tasty and fairly quick to make. I used Itaian seasoning."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 243108
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"I tried this recipe and I did tweak the recipe by using ground turkey instead of beef, 1 yellow and one green pepper, 1 chopped onion, 1 can each (15-oz.) pizza sauce and Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained, 1-1/2 tsp. seasoned salt, 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend, 1 cup long grain uncooked white rice, 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. I'd also used 2 garlic cloves, minced. I didn't have the marinara sauce or salt-free seasoning blend available! I also sprinkled the meat mixture with the cheese, rather than add TO meat mixture, then I combined the bread crumbs and oil which I spread over top of the meat-cheese! I did bake this dish longer: a total of 1/2 hour as I'd basically cooked the ground turkey until browned and had added the onion, peppers, garlic-I'd used 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil to brown meat and a 6-qt. saucepan so I'd have more room to add everything needed for this recipe. I found this recipe to be tasty-I have rated it as a 4. I'm learning that sometimes a newly-prepared dish needs to "mature" in flavor and tastes better the next day!"

amehart User ID: 1464390 242916
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"This is one of my husband's all time favorite meal. I make at least twice a month, if not more. So simple and excellent!"

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 242782
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016 Edited Feb. 14, 2017

"I really love stuffed peppers and unstuffed pepper soup so I really was excited to try this casserole . I tweeted it a little bit to suite our tastes.I used the Ralph's onion and pepper blend. I used tomatoe sauce instead of marinara and added extra rice. This turned out pretty good . I will probably make it again.I tried to click 4 stars I'm not sure what happened with that."

dbmw2014 User ID: 8699442 242245
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"Excellent!!!! I used Classico Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic marinara sauce and added a little bit of minced garlic."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 241825
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"I made this the other day. I made a few changes to make this dish even healthier. I used whole wheat bread crumbs, 93/7 ground beef, 2% mozzarella cheese & brown rice. If you want to see the mods check out my blog:"

Queenie2030 User ID: 8244474 239587
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"This is easy and tasty, a little bland for my tastes but my husband loves it! You can always add spice to your portion if you like more zip. I did not use the bread crumbs on top, seemed unecessary. Will make again for my loving husband."

KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 236320
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I have not made yet prepared this dish, but it sounds easy & tasty. Since one reviewer mentioned that it was too tomato-y', I'll try using a bit more rice, and some more ground beef.... in order to cut down on that aspect. I'll also add a large clove of minced garlic (in step 2) and a handful of frozen corn (which I always add into my stuffed peppers). I'm looking forward to making this 'Unconstructed Stuffed Peppers' dish."

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