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Orzo-Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Orzo-Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Packed with orzo, Italian sausage and summer flavors, these stuffed peppers make a fun, fast-fixing meal. Get colorful with green, orange, red or yellow peppers. Use more or less pepper flakes to adjust the level of heat to your liking! —Kelly Evans, Kalamazoo, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 4 large green peppers
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds. In a Dutch oven, cook peppers in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
  • 2. Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • 3. Drain orzo; stir into meat mixture. Add the marinara sauce, tomato, basil, rosemary and pepper flakes. Spoon into peppers.
  • 4. Place in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheeses. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 523 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 836mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein.

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[email protected] User ID: 4348121 271787
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

"Made this recipe yesterday and it was excellent. I will make this again."

[email protected] User ID: 7564909 271754
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

"I have made these many times. Usually use garden fresh green peppers, they turn out wonderful! I use the recipe as stated. I have also made double batch of "stuffing" and froze it. Works well."

cimgraph1 User ID: 4256402 271485
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2017

"Is in the oven now. Went together easily. Seemed like a lot of orzo, but we'll see. Love stuffed peppers! Liked the fact recipe called for partially cooking the peppers before stuffing."

crispymommy User ID: 5091471 267883
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2017

"First let me say I used ground beef/chopmeat instead of sausage, my son will eat no form of sausage.

The recipe was easy to follow and put together it was the first time I had ever attempted stuffed peppers .I'm a terrible cook and juggling 3 things tends to make me burn something. But was able to get them all together with no problems. I did not boil my peppers, but washed them well in warm water...4 things wold have pushed me over the edge in the juggling department :) and I feared over cooking them and having them fall apart.
Delicious is what these are, the Rosemary brought a wonderful aroma to them I used ground pepper flakes (only thing I had on hand) and used just a few really brought the flavors to life. The recipe easily stuffed 6 large peppers with some remaining for sampling by my teen kids.
This is a winner recipe in my opinion!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 255737
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

"A big hit in the house. It took more than 4 peppers for the quantity of filling but that was ok as I had extra on hand. We had a decent amount of leftovers but they disappeared very quickly."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 255134
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"Pretty tasty. I usually make stuffed peppers with quinoa from this website but wanted to try something different. I used ground beef rather than sausage since that's what I had on hand and left out the Parmesan because I didn't have any. Used red and green bell peppers but there was a lot of filling left so I ended up using a total of 6 peppers. Yummy!"

sddeck User ID: 7279512 181543
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"My entire family loves this recipe!!! Make the meat mixture ahead & freeze. Then on a weeknight you only need to make the orzo & stuff the peppers."

[email protected] User ID: 7120630 165828
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

"Used red green &orange peppers & shredded chicken breasts. WOW tastes good &colorfull to"

chascocountry User ID: 4710564 182837
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"I make mine meatless or with Morningstar Crumblers. I like a mild sauce, so I make up an envelope of Knorr's Parma Rosa sauce...very good and freezes well.."

erinalina User ID: 6731900 180661
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"Love love LOVE. I used half spicy turkey sausage and half regular turkey sausage...PERFECT! Highly recommend serving in a red pepper to add a little sweetness."

Helensdaughter User ID: 5484824 184762
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"I cooked the orzo until al dente and I boiled the peppers for 3 mins. I like crisp and fresh meals and this was a delight! And I am a tough critic!"

LoveRVN User ID: 1379007 210761
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"I have made this twice, once with bulk Johnsonville and once with Italian links that I squeezed the meat out of. Next time I will try a mix of mild and hot sausage. I used half red peppers and half green. My son asked for the recipe and he doesn't do that often! It's the best stuffed pepper recipe we have ever tried."

williamsegraves User ID: 3296408 210760
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"ZOMG these were amazing delicious!! We used spicy italian sausage instead for that little extra kick and this dish was polished off quick!!! Absolutely yum! :D"

jls0203 User ID: 3127535 99139
Reviewed May. 6, 2012

"This recipe was very delicious. I shared it with the neighbors and it was a big hit!"

ButterLovingGirl User ID: 2638029 123668
Reviewed May. 3, 2012

"I'm a little too Swedish for all the spice but everyone else loved them! I did use about 2/3 of the pepper flakes called for in the recipe. Good flavor, most stuffed peppers seem pretty bland but not these."

robyn530 User ID: 3554558 181532
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"Made this tonight and it came out delicious. I stuck to the recipe for the most part but used hot and sweet sausage together. Also instead of a tomato and sauce, I used a can of basil & garlic diced tomatoes which took care of both in one with some extra flavor. Would definitely make again!"

pattywaggs User ID: 1768831 99137
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"I have made these twice now and have received high praise from my husband and grandchildren. It's a keeper for our family. Thanks for sharing this one.

Pat Wagner, Defiance, Ohio"

ajwain User ID: 5928390 165827
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2011

"I have never been I stuffed pepper fan...but this totally changed my mind. I made it with red, yellow and green peppers. (especially loved the red) I used hot turkey sausage and my home made marinara sauce. Absolutely delicious."

ajwain User ID: 5928390 114104
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2011

"I have never been I stuffed pepper fan...but this totally changed my mind. I made it with red, yellow and green peppers. Absolutely delicious."

doowopmom User ID: 1875344 99134
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"This is one of my family's favorite recipes. I use homemade marinara sauce rather than jarred and it's delicious and easy."

[email protected] User ID: 1434071 182826
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"I don't like bell peppers much, but I used this recipe to stuff poblano peppers and it was really good."

teenieqtpie User ID: 487379 210759
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"Best peppers I've ever made or tasted!"

kitzer User ID: 4188178 123667
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"Orzo-Stuffed Peppers

I have been making orzo stuffed peppers for some time. I thought I had an original recipe, but I guess others are as creative as I am! I do use a combination of ground turkey and pork and some different spices and herbs, but whatever works for you will be just fine!"

pastoralb User ID: 1320887 182807
Reviewed May. 6, 2009

"Made this for our eight weekly dinner group. First reaction was stuffed peppers without rice; but then the pasta and the hot Italian sausage, and the cheese combination with the all of the seasonings; and the other three couples wanted the recipie. PastorB

Keep them coming!"

nicolekd User ID: 2527005 184412
Reviewed May. 6, 2009

"I made this for my husband the other night and he said it was the best meal I've ever made! (He usually does the cooking). And it made way more than can fit into 4 peppers, so I cut up one of the peppers and made 3 extra lunches for us both! Absolutely delicious!!"

muffnette User ID: 1370261 180113
Reviewed May. 5, 2009

"very yummy! my family loved it and it was so quick and simple (compared to when i make reg. stuffed peppers) what a different twist on taste too w/the pasta in there since i normally use rice.... will definitely make again and again!"

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