Smoky Stuffed Peppers

Smoky Stuffed Peppers

7 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

Turkey sausage and smoked cheese give a flavorful boost to this versatile, somewhat retro dinner. We've speeded it up by microwave-blanching the peppers and using instant brown rice. If possible, choose peppers that will stand upright.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 6 large bell peppers, tops cut off, seeded
  • 12 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage links, removed from casings
  • 1½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup finely shredded smoked cheese, such as mozzarella, Cheddar or Gouda, divided


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  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  2. Place peppers cut-side down in a large microwave-safe dish. Fill the dish with ½ inch of water, cover and microwave on High until the peppers are just softened, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain the water and transfer the peppers to a roasting pan.
  3. Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, tomatoes and rice; increase heat to high and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the rice is softened but still moist, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, until the rice absorbs the remaining liquid, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir basil and half the cheese into the rice mixture. Divide the filling among the peppers, then top with the remaining cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 292 calories; 11 g fat(4 g sat); 5 g fiber; 32 g carbohydrates; 19 g protein; 29 mcg folate; 43 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,453 IU vitamin A; 139 mg vitamin C; 143 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 636 mg sodium; 457 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (232% daily value), Vitamin A (29% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1.5 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

Reviews 7

December 06, 2018
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By: Tara Clancey Edwards
Peppers don't agree with me, so I stuffed acorn squashes. Delish!
April 20, 2015
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By: chefdmw323
yummy This was a fantastic dish. I used smoked gouda cheese and hot Italian turkey sausage... The stuffing was delicious. My peppers could've had a little more cooking in the microwave... but in other comments they said not to do microwave and bake in oven at 350 for an hour.. may try that next time.. Loved the peppers though... delicious and very filling Pros: easy, and very flavorful Cons: I needed to add time to cook brown rice thoroughly. also using directions per this recipe.. my peppe
March 15, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Stuff & Bake, No Need to Microwave I decided not to microwave peppers...just sliced off tops, scooped out seeds and put in 9 x 13 pan raw. You gotta saute the sausage to make sure it's done. Added 28 oz. can of whole peeled tomatoes, simmered 10 mins. I cooked Rice Select 'Royal Blend' which is a mix of white, brown, wild & red rice and set aside to cool. Folded that into meat mixture along with 1 chopped yellow squash & 1 green zucchini and then the fresh chopped basil. Scoop, stuff & pack into 6 peppers (red, yellow & orange). Add 1/ 4 cup water to pan, cover with foil & cook 350 for about an hour. Uncover, top with smoked gouda cheese and bake additional 10-15 mins. Absolutely FANTASTIC!! Pros: Super flavorful, colorful & healthy Cons: Can't think of any!
January 31, 2011
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By: Vegging out in Miami
Lots of flavor, quick and easy The turkey sausage gives this dish incredible flavor. Microwaving the peppers not only cuts down on prep time but also leaves them slightly al dente. Followed the recipe exactly, using smoked gruyere to top the peppers. The recipe was a big hit with the fam. Pros: Little prep time Cons: None
July 16, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This is now a family favorite! I love the turkey sausage. It really brings it all together. This is a delight. The peppers cook so well in the microwave and then putting them in the oven just gives them a browned finish! Great Recipe!!!!
March 31, 2010
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By: nacole05
Healthy, delicious, filling, and quick and easy clean-up. All my requirements for a great meal!
February 23, 2010
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By: iced2011
Love this recipe! I didn't have the bulk sausage or fresh basil so I subbed turkey smoked sausage and dried basil. Still so good and very flavorful! I added some hot sauce to the rice mixture as it cooked as well. Will def make again! I served with a small green salad and I am STUFFED! hahaha
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