Smoky Stuffed Peppers

  • Active Time 35m
  • Total Time 45m

6 servings

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.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

ingredients

  • 6 large bell peppers, tops cut off, seeded
  • 12 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage links, removed from casings
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup finely shredded smoked cheese, such as mouncezarella, cheddar or Gouda, divided

directions

Position the rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat the broiler.

Place the 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 the 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 the broth, tomatoes and rice; increase the heat to high and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the 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 the 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.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 9063

nutrition information per serving

294 calories; 11g total fat; 5g total saturated fat; 45mg cholesterol; 533mg sodium; 32g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 19g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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