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Stuffed Green Pepper Cups

"You can make this delicious main dish from start to finish in about half an hour," notes Merrill Powers of Spearville, Kansas. "I like the way the garden-fresh peppers keep their bright green color and crunchy texture."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + standing
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 4 medium green peppers


  • Crumble beef into a 1-1/2-qt. microwave-safe bowl; add the onion. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce, water, 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Cover and microwave on high for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes. Stir in rice; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove tops and seeds from peppers; cut in half lengthwise. Stuff with meat mixture; place in an ungreased microwave-safe shallow 3-qt. or 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spoon remaining tomato sauce over peppers; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes or until peppers are tender. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 303 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 1226mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • healthplus4
    Feb 22, 2012

    like this recipe it's quick and easy. I made even quicker from left over meatloaf.

  • kandabear
    Dec 15, 2010

    very easy to make!

  • maryb68
    Aug 18, 2010

    I use my homemade salsa instead of the onion and tomato sauce, gives a bit more flavor. This is really an easy recipe to prepare.

  • scarlet286
    Jun 28, 2010

    I made this with lean ground pork instead, since I had some in the freezer. I also baked mine in the oven instead of the microwave, leaving out the water. They turned out good, but the seasining was lacking a little. I'll use beef next time and make a few adustments with the seasonings.

  • mommom7
    May 7, 2009

    This recipe is the best! I've been making it since it was first published. My entire family loves it and my grandchildren gladly work in the garden as long as there are green peppers planted for mom-mom's stuffed peppers. I rate these a "strong" 5.