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Stuffed Bell Peppers with Beefy, Cheesy Yumminess

Check out our spin on classic, stuffed bell peppers! Tiny pasta instead of rice. And boiling/broiling instead of baking. Pure yumminess, without fail!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Americanized Mediterranean
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 509kcal


  • 4 cups beef broth
  • ½-2/3 cup acini di pepe or another small pasta, like orzo
  • 4 bell peppers any colors
  • 3-4 teaspoon salt
  • cooking spray
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 1 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded, plus extra for sprinkling on top of peppers
  • fresh herbs optional, i.e. rosemary, oregano, chives, tarragon


  • Bring 4 cups of beef broth to a boil. Cook orzo in broth according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, fill a large pot with water, add salt, and bring to a boil. Cut tops off bell peppers and de-seed. Place peppers in boiling water for 5-6 mins, turning occasionally. Remove peppers from water. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray and place peppers into dish.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add onion & garlic, and cook for 3-5 minutes. Then add beef and cook until no longer pink (5-7 minutes). Stir frequently, breaking up the meat chunks as you go. Stir in crushed tomatoes, cheese and cooked orzo. Stir together over heat for 1 minute. Spoon the beef mix into peppers, dividing it evenly, and sprinkle with a pinch of extra cheese.
  • Set oven to broil. Once heated up, place casserole dish in the oven for 4-6 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.


Sprinkle extra parmesan on top of bell peppers. [Optional: sprinkle with fresh herbs, as well]. Serve bell peppers with a side of salad, fresh corn, or our Shake & Bake Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries.


Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 6408mg | Potassium: 723mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3824IU | Vitamin C: 153mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 4mg