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Stuffed Peppers for Two

My husband likes stuffed peppers, but my original recipe made too many servings. I cut it down to accommodate just the two of us. It helps to use a small casserole dish so the peppers won’t tip over while they bake. For color, I serve steamed carrots to round out the meal perfectly. —Elaine Carpenter, Horseshoe Bay, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 medium green peppers
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  • Cut tops off peppers and discard; remove seeds. Blanch peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine beef, 1/4 cup tomato sauce, rice, 2 tablespoons cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and egg; mix well. Stuff the peppers; place in an ungreased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over peppers. Cover and bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and peppers are tender.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese; return to the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed pepper: 405 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 193mg cholesterol, 1277mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • Mary
    Sep 10, 2020

    I love stuffed peppers and was happy to see this recipe. I didn't have an issue with the rice. It was easy to increase and fix for my family.

  • Vicky
    Jul 22, 2020

    I really enjoyed making these peppers. I read some of the reviews and changed a few things, instead of using uncooked rice, I used cooked rice. I added some fresh garlic, dried onion and a sprinkle of chili powder, salt, and pepper. I also cut my peppers lengthwise so we got 2 side per person! They came out moist and delicious! Thank you

  • Mario
    Apr 21, 2020

    Loved this recipe, also cooked the rice first, was very tasty......

  • Newrecipejumkie2
    Aug 19, 2019

    This was easy to make . I read the reviews before making the recipe and experimented with the rice to see if I could avoid the not-fully-cooked rice problem, especially since I was using brown instant rice which is notorious for needing more cooking time. I put the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and rice in a bowl first so the rice could soften while the peppers were blanching and then cooling a little before handling them. That seemed to take care of the problem. I gave the recipe four stars instead of five because I thought the meat mixture was too bland. Next time, I will add some garlic powder to perk it up a bit. For those of you who like spicy, maybe you could add a little chili powder.

  • jmhardin
    Apr 7, 2019

    I used spaghetti sauce as well since I don't have tomato sauce in my pantry (I never use it). The rice is a problem since I don't use instant rice and the regular rice definitely didn't cook properly. I'll have to look into that when I make it again.

  • Chloe
    Jun 16, 2018

    I absolutely love this recipe! It's the perfect amount for 1 meal for 2 or 2 meals for 1 (I ate one for dinner

  • cjadyn
    Mar 27, 2018

    I was very pleased with this recipe. Its only me so I cut the recipe in half. It was very good, Will make it again. It will be one of my go to recipe.

  • Patrisha11
    Feb 28, 2018

    I used a combination of spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce because I had left over spaghetti sauce in the fridge. We would have liked more sauce, so next time I will add at least another 1/2 cup of sauce. I also didn't have any cheddar cheese so I used shredded mozzarella. I used cooked regular long grain rice, instead of instead instant rice.

  • Sibyl
    Feb 9, 2018

    When I made this I didn't have any tomato sauce so I used spaghetti sauce instead. My husband and I both loved it. The next time I used the tomato sauce called for in the recipe; we didn't like it nearly as well. Would definitely make again, but would use the spaghetti sauce. Guess it's a matter of taste.

  • Kim0827
    May 29, 2017

    Did not care for this. Bland. A decent base though.