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Stuffed Peppers for Four

Truly a meal in one, this quick supper has it all: Veggies, meat, pasta and sauce, packed into tender peppers. It’ll look so pretty on your table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 4 medium sweet peppers (any color)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli-cauliflower blend, thawed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • Cook orzo according to package directions; drain. Cut and discard tops from peppers; remove seeds. Place in a 3-qt. round microwave-safe dish. Add water; microwave, covered, on high until peppers are crisp-tender, 7-9 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with onion over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain. Stir in pasta sauce, vegetables, 1/4 cup cheese and orzo. Spoon into peppers. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on high until heated through, 1-2 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed pepper: 448 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 734mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 6g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • BobbysChicagoBAbe
    May 19, 2020

    This was really good and easy! Had some orzo that needed to be used up and this was the perfect recipe for it. I agree, this can actually fill 6 peppers, not just 4, but we'll just heat up and eat the rest separately.

  • Grammy Debbie
    May 6, 2020

    Absolutely delicious and easy to make. I had enough filling or six large peppers, so even better on the budget! I substituted minute rice for the orzo pasta and used a whole jar of pasta sauce, but the filling was still thick, hearty and delicious. I also parboiled my peppers rather than use the microwave and also baked the peppers in the oven since I had time. This was a wonderful meal on a chilly spring night and I loved how pretty it appeared as well since I used green, orange, red and yellow peppers.

  • _nlfPA
    May 25, 2018

    This stuffed pepper recipe is really delicious. I never made it with pasta sauce before and it is really different but very, very good.

  • tsuop
    Aug 30, 2017

    I made this last evening. I didn't have orzo, so I used rice & I seasoned my own canned tomatoes, I baked them 20 min. Otherwise I followed the recipe. YUMMY !!!

  • colleenblue
    Aug 27, 2017

    I have peppers, so far green and orange, in my garden. Will be fun to try this recipe. Need to use the peppers besides freezing them for the future.

  • tchr90
    Jul 26, 2014

    I don't care for stuffed peppers but I made this for my husband and he loved it. I'm giving it 5 stars because he liked it so much that he asked me how to make it. He now makes it for himself, since we work opposite shifts.

  • jan beswick
    Feb 25, 2013

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  • charjohnson
    Sep 1, 2012

    I used ground turkey and red bell peppers because they were on sale. It was wonderful.

  • 76ewood
    Aug 23, 2012

    I made this for dinner last night. It was great! I added the salt and pepper as suggested and added some leftover veggies I had instead of the ones suggested...much easier than chopping the others. I blanched the peppers before stuffing them and then baked them in the oven vs the microwave. I also used colby jack cheese since I didn't have the parma. cheese. Nice change from the rice stuffed peppers I used before. I used 4 very large peppers, so I had just enough filling. The only change I'd make would to be to add a bit more seasoning. Not sure what, but it is open for experimenting.

  • melaniemelancon
    Aug 18, 2012

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