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Unstuffed Peppers

If you like stuffed peppers, you'll love this speedy version. It offers all the comforting flavor of the original, but takes just half an hour. Instead of cooking the instant rice, you can use 2 cups leftover cooked rice if you have it on hand. —Beth Dewyer, Du Bois, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 medium green peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook rice according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, cook beef, green peppers and onion over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in rice, marinara sauce and seasoning blend. Stir in cheese.
  • Toss bread crumbs and oil; sprinkle over the top. Bake until heated through and topping is golden brown, 8-10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 343 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 469mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • Stephanie
    Nov 19, 2020

    Great recipe. Only thing I did different, I cut up the tops of peppers and added them to meat and onions, but the whole peppers, I par boiled for 3-4 minutes, and cut them up, and put on top of casserole under the breadcrumbs.

  • Renee
    Oct 5, 2020

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  • Grandmaj2u
    Feb 10, 2020

    OK to Pretty good. Bread crumb part is optional, in my opinion. We skip that. I like to add about cup small diced portabella mushrooms (cremini) . I sear the beef with a pinch of salt, pour off some or most of fat. Add in onion, peppers and diced up mushrooms, AND 2 to 3 minced fresh garlic cloves ( or jar equivalent).. I season with about a half teaspoon each oregano ,

  • Grammy Debbie
    Jun 22, 2019

    So good and so easygoing! To save even more time, I didn’t cook the rice first; I just stirred the dry rice in with the marinara sauce. Great recipe to cook in the camper!

  • Garymasnak
    Mar 29, 2018

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  • Dottie 63
    Jan 22, 2018

    Quick & easy and filling, too. I used ground turkey instead of beef. We liked it a lot. I think I might reduce the amount of rice next time.

  • j22
    Apr 14, 2017

    Used red peppers just because I like them better. Delicious.

  • Tammy274
    Apr 12, 2017

    Almost gave it 5. It was pretty good. Just need a little something extra to put it over to the 5 star mark. My husband really liked it and we will have it again. My kids complained that the peppers were too big though.

  • sunnyskys
    Apr 11, 2017

    We thought this was outstanding. Will make again.

  • mjflowers
    Mar 26, 2017

    This was flavorful and easy, both a plus in my book. I took others advice and used 1 & 1/2 teaspoonful of Italian seasoning. Did not mix cheese in but layered it on top after putting in the baking dish then put Italian breadcrumbs over cheese. I baked for about 30 minutes uncovered and it turned out perfect. My family says this is a keeper!