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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 Minute® White 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 serving (1 each) equals 343 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 469 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g 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

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"What a fantastic recipe! I used "no salt added" tomato sauce instead of marinara, due to needing to cut back on salt. It tasted WONDERFUL without as much sodium. I will certainly make again!"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"Love, love, LOVE this recipe!!! Have made it many, many times and each time it gets better! I did change one thing - I use canned Italian seasoned tomatoes (with the juice) instead of the marinara sauce. It tastes WONDERFUL!!! We also sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese and it does add an extra dimension to the taste."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"This was an easy to prepare recipe but it doesn't have quite the visual impact of stuffed peppers. It tasted okay. I put some parmesan cheese on the top for more flavor."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014 Edited Jan. 18, 2015

"Great recipe, easy to make and delicious. My husband and I both loved this. The only change I made is omitting the rice, and it still turned out great."

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"My husband and I really liked this. I used one red pepper and one green one. Milder flavor that way. Had to omit the cheese due to dietary restrictions, but it was still very good! Will make this one again for sure!"

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