A Delicious Twist: Easy Stuffed Pepper Casserole

If you love the flavors of classic stuffed peppers but crave a simpler way to enjoy them, then you’re in for a treat with this Easy Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. Perfect for busy weeknights or cozy family dinners, this hearty casserole brings together all the savory goodness of traditional stuffed peppers in a fuss-free one-pan dish. Let’s dive into the delightful world of this mouthwatering recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can low sodium beef broth
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until mostly browned. Add chopped onions and bell peppers, cooking for 5-10 minutes until softened.
  2. Stir in minced garlic to the beef mixture and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, diced tomatoes, uncooked rice, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, until rice is tender.
  5. Once rice is cooked, stir in half of the shredded cheese until melted and mixed with the beef and rice.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Cover the skillet and let the cheese melt. Alternatively, place the skillet under the broiler (if oven-safe) for faster melting.
  7. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Tips and Variations:

  • You can add more vegetables like diced carrots, celery, or zucchini for extra flavor and nutrition.
  • For a spicier kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the beef mixture.
  • To make it gluten-free, substitute the Worcestershire sauce with tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Experiment with different cheese blends like Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or Parmesan for varied flavor profiles.

How to Store:

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, simply microwave individual servings or warm the entire casserole in a covered skillet or baking dish in the oven until heated through.

FAQs:

  • Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?
    Yes, ground turkey can be used as a leaner alternative to ground beef in this recipe. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Can I freeze this casserole?
    Yes, this casserole can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. Make sure it is tightly wrapped or stored in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

In Conclusion:

With its flavorful combination of ground beef, bell peppers, rice, and cheese, this Easy Stuffed Pepper Casserole is sure to become a new family favorite. Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or simply craving a comforting meal, this simple yet satisfying dish delivers all the comforting flavors of classic stuffed peppers with minimal effort. Give it a try and watch as it becomes a staple in your recipe repertoire!

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