Garden fresh green peppers are the foundation for this delicious recipe. These peppers are stuffed with Italian sausage, ground beef, rice, cheese, and just the right herbs and spices. The Italian Blend, dried Parsley and Thyme , and Chili Flakes are added to enhance the flavors of the marinara sauce, the stuffing, and the peppers. If you've never tried stuffed peppers, you are gonna want to try this recipe. These peppers are so good- both hot from the oven or as leftovers. This recipe has great flavors that come together for a scrumptious dish!
4 medium sized fresh green peppers, cleaned & deseeded, cut in half lengthwise
2 cups cooked rice
1 medium onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tblspn Olive oil
3 cups marinara sauce
1 Tblspn balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp chili flakes
2 Tblspns Italian Blend herbs
2 Tblspns Parsley (dried) herb
1 tsp Thyme (dried) herb
3/4 lb mild Italian sausage
1/2 lb ground beef or turkey
1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3 cups Italian Blend cheese, grated
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (ground)
Cook the onion and garlic in the oil in a fry pan over medium heat until the onion is slightly transparent. Set aside half of this cooked onion mixture in a bowl. Into the remaining onions, stir in the marinara sauce, 1/4 tsp of chili flakes, 1 Tblspn Italian Blend herb, 1 Tblspn Parsley, 1 tsp Thyme, and the balsamic vinegar. Pour 2 cups of this sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish and spread the sauce to cover the bottom of the dish.
Cook the Italian sausage and the ground beef together in a fry pan until done. Add to the sausage mixture the tomatoes, 1 Tblspn Parsley, 1 Tblpn Italian Blend herb, 1/4 tsp chili flakes, the cooked rice, the reserved onion mixture, and the parmesan cheese. Mix together and then stir in 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce and 2 cups of the Italian Blend grated cheese.
Cook the peppers ( 4 halfs at a time) in the microwave for 3 minutes. Fill each cooked pepper with the sausage/rice mixture then top each with about 2 Tblspns of the marinara sauce. Place the filled peppers in the baking dish and then sprinkle the tops of each pepper with the remaining Italian Blend cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
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