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Pronto Vegetarian Peppers Recipe

Pronto Vegetarian Peppers Recipe

In the summer I love to serve these peppers with salad and a roll. At the end of summer, I freeze them for cold months when produce costs are high. For a hot meal on a cold day, I love to serve them with a side of warm pasta tossed in olive oil. —Renee Hollobaugh, Altoona, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:2 servings


  • 2 large sweet red peppers
  • 1 cup canned stewed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup instant brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 3/4 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Place peppers in an ungreased shallow microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Combine the tomatoes, rice and water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in the beans, corn, onions and pepper flakes; spoon into peppers.
  • 3. Sprinkle with cheeses. Microwave, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

2 stuffed pepper halves: 341 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 556mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 11g fiber), 19g protein.

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 256386
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2016

"I thought these were okay but not great. I guess for me I really missed the meat; some sausage or ground beef would have been good."

Chris-Dan User ID: 6948908 141854
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

"Good idea - hubby loves stuffed peppers...thanks Renee!"

csteve04 User ID: 3413037 114513
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Made these the other night & loved them. Work great as leftovers if you make extras. We had small peppers so we used 4 small peppers, a 14.5 oz can of stewed tomatoes & increased the rice to 1/2 cup. Also finished the peppers off in the oven. Excellent"

toddr311 User ID: 5083114 114425
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"I made them in the oven instead of the microwave and they were still delicious. I baked at 400 for 30 minutes. Fantastic recipe!!"

lefty11 User ID: 6163125 141853
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"Looks fantastic! Anyone have any advice on how to make it in the oven instead of microwave?"

MBawden User ID: 336151 93920
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2012

"I have made this many times. My husband insists on meat with his meals and so I slice a cooked chicken/apple sausage link into rounds and tuck them into the filled peppers. Totally delicious!"

suesews User ID: 1320493 105427
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"Unless you are needing to count grams of carb for a meal serve this with a side of pasta if you wish.

I would probably favor some fruit plus salad to serve with it.
Yes, the combo of beans and corn provide a complete protein for your digestive system."

marysf User ID: 4221636 160398
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"Yes would make again. Husband is meat eater so he had a couple of chicken sausages too. Had small salad of fresh tomatoes cucumber, onions and bell peppers marinated in raseberry vinaigrette."

bziol User ID: 698746 174389
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"Plan on trying this tonight since the heat index here is over 100 degrees and this is a totally microwave dish. I don't have any stewed tomatoes on hand so I'll just use some flavored canned ones. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with serving this with pasta and understand some people may have a problem with it. Just rate the recipe on its own merit and serve it however you like."

jnewtowne User ID: 4636489 89621
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"people who are non-vegans may not know that the combo of beans and rice yields a complete protein equal to meat. Sometimes just knowing this adds to satisfaction with the food."

jnewtowne User ID: 4636489 173299
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"people who are non-vegans may not know that the combo of beans and rice yields a complete protein equal to meat. Sometimes just knowing this adds to satisfaction with the food."

jr1849 User ID: 2353762 114424
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"And again we have the Food Police criticizing someone's choices. Give it a rest already!"

Rockamama User ID: 1263362 101493
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"Iagree with reviewer "kedi". I wouldn't serve a pasta alongside a dish containing rice."

kedi User ID: 1105509 107315
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"would not serve with side of pasta as peppers already contain a starch--rice; a tossed salad would be better."

slvrscren User ID: 3585008 141852
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"I am a meat eater, but my YouTube viewing community continued to ask me to make a vegetarian dish. This recipe came in the mail and I had to try it. I LOVED IT. Will definitely make it again and again, possibly adding chicken breast strips"

jdoty User ID: 4210577 89614
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2009

"My father is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I made this and figured there was not any chance he would eat this. He ate it and loved it. And actually has requested this again. :) Thanks Jess"

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