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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

This is one of my easiest recipes and one of my favorite meals! I also happen to think that this is a meal that even tastes better the second day…and I love having good leftovers! 

The hubby loves them, the kids love them, and that makes for one happy momma.  I mean, who doesn’t love the combination of ground beef, rice, tomatoes, and cheese all stuffed in a fresh tasting veggie that I happened to pick from my garden??  They are also really good when topped with marinara sauce.

Stuffed Bell Peppers
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 4-6 bell peppers (any color)
  2. 1 lb ground beef
  3. 1/2 onion - diced
  4. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  5. 2 garlic cloves (minced) or 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  7. 1 cup uncooked rice
  8. 2 cups tomato sauce (or diced tomatoes with sauce) - I highly recommend San Marzano tomatoes or sauce...trust me on this one!
  9. 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  10. fresh basil (optional garnish)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut off the tops of each bell pepper and remove seeds/membranes from each pepper.
  3. Cook the peppers in a large pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes (to soften).
  4. Meanwhile, cook the rice as directed and set aside.
  5. Begin to saute the onion and olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the ground beef, salt, and garlic and cook until meat is browned.
  7. Once meat is cooked, mix the meat, rice, and tomatoes in a large bowl until combined. (Add more salt/garlic if needed).
  8. Stuff each pepper with the meat mixture and place in a deep baking dish.
  9. Cook for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and cover each pepper with shredded cheese and cook for an extra 5-10 minutes, until cheese melts.
  11. Garnish with fresh basil or marinara sauce.
  12. Enjoy!
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