Stuffed bell peppers…it’s what’s for dinner.
1 pound ground beef, pork or turkey
4 sweet bell peppers (red, yellow, orange or green…you choose)
1 T olive oil
1 medium onion diced
2 stalks of celery diced
pepper tops diced
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
1 cup cooked long grain white or brown rice
1 pint/can stewed tomatoes
1 14-oz can tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 T dried basil
1/2 cup shredded asiago or Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Cut off the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds. Par-boil the peppers in boiling salted water for 3-4 minutes. Remove and put the peppers in a casserole lined with non-stick foil. Preheat oven to 350.
Sauté diced onion, pepper, celery and garlic for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Add meat of your choosing and brown. Remove from heat. Stir in rice, seasonings, and asiago or Parmesan cheese.
Combine tomatoes and tomato sauce and whisk together. Add approximately one cup of tomato sauce to meat and rice mixture. Fill peppers. Top with remaining tomato sauce.
Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and top with shredded mozzarella and bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and peppers are thoroughly heated. Plate peppers and top with some of the tomato gravy.
Serve with crusty bread, apple sauce and a tossed salad.
Today someone posted a recipe for stuffed pepper soup. Maybe tomorrow I’ll use the leftover peppers and make them into soup.
Day two of stuffed peppers. I decided to reinvent the leftover peppers and make soup. I sliced a carrot, diced a medium onion, diced a couple stalks of celery, and shredded a cup or more of cabbage. I put a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a heavy soup kettle and once it was hot sweated the vegetables for 3-4 minutes. I added a pint of stewed tomatoes, 4 cups of chicken broth, and the leftover peppers that I had diced. I also added a can of cannellini beans for a little extra protein.
I brought the the soup to a simmer and simmered it until the flavors were married.
I thought the soup was yummy served with some crusty bread and crackers. If you have family members who refuse to eat leftovers reinventing them is a perfect option.