April 13, 2011

Recipe Post: Unstuffed Peppers

Disclaimer: this is not original with me. Jamie did it first HERE, but mine is a little different, so I thought I'd share.

This is another great two-person recipe that could easily be multiplied. Or, made for one person and eaten for dinner one night and lunch the next day. It reheats well. Made this way, I think it has just enough spice and sweet (a hint of both) to really help the flavors come together.

To start off, you will need:

  • Rice (I used plain white long grain this time, but I've also used jasmine with great success)
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • EVOO (JIC, I didn't need it this time)
First, start steaming the rice. I made 2 cups. For those of you who don't know, to steam rice, use 2 parts water per 1 part rice. So, 2 cups rice = 4 cups water. Have that cooking while you do everything else. (Can also be done in a covered pan on the stove on medium heat, between a simmer and a rolling boil, watched closely.)

Then, peel your sausage:


And put in a skillet on medium heat.

You don't want it to get too hot and burn....like mine did. Slow and steady, people, till it crumbles.

Meanwhile, be sure and leave room for the puppy on the floor mat, in case anything spills over.

While that's browning, dice your onion. I use almost the whole small red onion, but that's to taste. Set aside.

Then cut up your peppers. Any size would work, of course, but I like 1-in square pieces (approximately). Nice bite size but still chunky.

Once that's all chopped and the meat is just brown and crumbly, put it all in the skillet and cook, stirring often, until the onion is cooked to your desired doneness (crisp-tender is recommended, but it's up to you. People are particular about their onions.) This will let the meat get a little darker, too, for eye appeal.

Once that's done, spoon some rice into bowls:

Top with meat and veggies:

Then add some cheese:

And there you go! Some yummy "unstuffed" peppers for you. And don't be stingy with the cheese. :)

As always, if you decide to make this yourself, please let me know so we can see how you personalized it for your table!


  1. I may have to try this!! My diet has been pretty boring lately.

    Can I just say that I LOVE you used "JIC"? My best friend (from high school) and I used to use that ALL THE TIME but no one seemed to know what it meant. =P

  2. I had to google both EVOO and JIC. ;) Didn't know what it meant.

    This looks yummy! I love all your recipes.

  3. I definitely have to make this. It looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. =)

  4. That looks REALLY good! Do you think that it would work for breakfast? :)

  5. This looks easy and yummy . . . a perfect combination!

  6. Yum-o! We love stuffed peppers, but sometimes it's a bit too time consuming - these look super easy to whip together! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh yum, you made me want this again!!! I think I'll try it with rice like you did next time! Sausage, green peppers, and cheese are some of my favorite foods- can't go wrong ; )

  8. This looks super amazing, except that I am allergic to bell peppers. Do you think tomatoes would work as a substitute? Thanks for posting. I may try it this weekend (minus the peppers!) Have a great weekend!

  9. I've been terrible at commenting lately! Mostly because I don't feel like I deserve to enter your giveaways for some reason. Is that weird? But then I came over to your blog and scrolled down and realized I missed this one! And holy. Moly. This looks so yummy.


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