Stuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe

A delicious, hearty casserole that captures all the flavors of traditional stuffed peppers without the fuss of stuffing each pepper. This easy-to-make dish combines bell peppers, ground beef, rice, and a savory tomato sauce, all topped with melted cheese for a comforting meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (450g) ground beef or turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 bell peppers (red, yellow, and green), chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (200g) uncooked rice (white or brown)
  • 2 cups (480ml) beef or chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 oz/425g) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz/425g) tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup (25g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley or basil for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook the beef and vegetables: In a large skillet, cook the ground beef (or turkey) over medium heat until browned and fully cooked. Drain any excess fat. Add the chopped onion and bell peppers to the skillet and cook for about 5-7 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Prepare the rice mixture: While the meat and vegetables are cooking, rinse the rice under cold water. In a medium saucepan, bring the beef or chicken broth to a boil. Add the rice, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Combine ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked meat and vegetable mixture, cooked rice, diced tomatoes (with their juice), tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  5. Assemble the casserole: Transfer the mixture to a large baking dish (about 9×13 inches). Spread it out evenly. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese and grated Parmesan cheese on top.
  6. Bake: Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Garnish and serve: Remove the casserole from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley or basil if desired. Enjoy your stuffed pepper casserole!

This dish can be served on its own or with a side of crusty bread and a simple green salad. It’s also perfect for meal prep as it reheats well for leftovers.

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