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Pronto Vegetarian Peppers

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • Cut peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Place peppers in an ungreased shallow microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high until tender, 3-4 minutes.
  • Combine the tomatoes, rice and water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high until rice is tender, 5-6 minutes. Stir in the beans, corn, onions and pepper flakes; spoon into peppers.
  • Sprinkle with cheeses. Microwave, uncovered, until heated through, 3-4 minutes.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition 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
    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
    Jul 23, 2014

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

  • csteve04
    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
    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!!

  • Finnladi
    Feb 28, 2012

    No comment left

  • lefty11
    Feb 27, 2012

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

  • MBawden
    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
    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
    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
    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.