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Unstuffed Peppers Recipe

Unstuffed Peppers Recipe

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. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Unstuffed Peppers

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muffbear74
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

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

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delowenstein
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!"

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amehart
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!"

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Cklee1403
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."

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dbmw2014
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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danielleylee
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:http://www.apinchofluv.com/wordpress/2016/01/16/unstuffed-peppers-remake/"

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Queenie2030
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."

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KittieCatt
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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Valkyree
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"I made this recipe almost to the letter, except I used ground turkey and just a touch of beef bouillon to give it more of a beefy flavor... WAS SO GOOD!!! Husband asked me to make it again soon!"

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nikmyown
Reviewed May. 4, 2015

"This recipe is great but I made quite a few changes...first I used ground chicken rather than beef... i did sautee the onion and pepper with the chicken...even after the chicken was browned I continue to cook the mixture covered for about 25 min to allow the peppers to soften...then added lots of garlic and Italian seasoning. ....a small can of mushrooms...and used a store bought sundried tomato sauce....as for the rice I added chicken bouillo about a half teaspoon for added flavor...and I used cheddar cheese....n topped it with the breadcrumbs....I Will make it again thank you so much for sharing..."

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cee-jay
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"This was too tomato-y for us so I will not be making it again."

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hdubose
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!"

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wendys1989
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."

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thebigapple
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."

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dvierzen
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."

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TheDix
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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Brynnwriter
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"I enjoyed making this recipe...substitutions were made with what I had on hand: I used ground chicken, and a package of frozen mixed red and yellow pepper strips with onions instead of green peppers. Delicious!!"

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onehaff
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"Love this recipe and have used it for several years. We like the fact you can choose more meat an rice instead of too much green pepper. In the summer I freeze bags of green peppers the size and amount for this recipe."

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jgbex1
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"It was good not great"

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bonniefelland
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"I liked - like stuffed green peppers but all mixed tog. Have to like green peppers, I guess."

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marvi51
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2013

"I've been making this for years. We call it "Lazy-Man Stuffed Peppers." Quick, easy and yummy!"

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katlaydee3
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"I did not really like this dish. I thought it was lacking flavor and the peppers were still undercooked even after I left it in the oven twice as long."

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Dawn A
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"A good, quick recipe to make, however, I would add salt and pepper to the mixture before baking. I agree that extra breadcrumb topping makes the dish! I loved the crunchiness of the topping."

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jennkrohn
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"I thought this was a tasty dish, it took a bit more work to prepare then I anticipated but it was good. The bread crumbs on top make the dish."

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Ab0628
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"I really enjoyed this. So much easier than regular stuffed peppers. Used peppers from our garden and our homemade canned spaghetti sauce!"

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hevnbndmum
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"Its quick, easy and tastes like real stuffed peppers. The whole family likes it!"

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BuenyMom
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"I HAVE MADE THIS RECIPE MANY TIMES. THIS IS MY DAUGHTER'S ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. SHE REQUESTS IT WHENEVER SHE COME HOME. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE. IT'S SO MUCH EASIER THAN STUFFING THE PEPPERS AND THEY COOK PERFECTLY. TASTES JUST LIKE THE REAL DEAL"

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