Stuffed pepper casserole

Stuffed pepper casserole is a convenient twist on the classic stuffed pepper recipe. Here’s a simple recipe to guide you through making it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped (any color you prefer)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup cooked rice (white or brown)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or your choice)
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley or green onions

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef (or turkey) over medium heat until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet with the cooked meat. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the onion is softened and the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Stir in the chopped bell peppers and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until they begin to soften.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes (with their juices), tomato sauce, cooked rice, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir everything together until well combined.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  7. Sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly over the top of the mixture in the baking dish.
  8. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. Remove the foil from the baking dish and continue baking for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and slightly crispy on top.
  10. Once done, remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
  11. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or green onions if desired, and serve hot.

This stuffed pepper casserole is a delicious and comforting dish that’s perfect for a cozy family dinner. Enjoy!

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