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.

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Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

  • Place peppers cut-side down in a large microwave-safe dish. Fill the dish with 1/2 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

292 calories; protein 18.8g; carbohydrates 32.3g; dietary fiber 4.7g; sugars 5.8g; fat 11g; saturated fat 4.4g; cholesterol 43.4mg; vitamin a iu 1452.7IU; vitamin c 139mg; folate 29.2mcg; calcium 143mg; iron 2.4mg; magnesium 26.1mg; potassium 456.8mg; sodium 636.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
Peppers don't agree with me so I stuffed acorn squashes. Delish! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Healthy delicious filling and quick and easy clean-up. All my requirements for a great meal! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More