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
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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 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

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Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

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

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!"

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!"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"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."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

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

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