Stuffed peppers with orzo pasta, turkey and fresh veggies

by Suzanne on October 25, 2012

in Savory

When I think of stuffed peppers I think of Fall and Winter for some reason even though peppers are a hot weather plant. I can only guess that it’s because they are baked in the oven and stuffed usually with something comforting.  Although making stuffed peppers can appear difficult for some but don’t be fooled by the neat packaging. They are really simple to create and what is wonderful about stuffing peppers is they can be stuffed with leftovers of meat, grains & veggies then turned into something special. In this case I didn’t use leftovers to stuff my peppers, I just used what I had on hand. The reviews I got from these peppers were “mmm…these are so good” and “Mom that was good, I liked it”, the last comment was from the picky eater. Well okay, I cheated and just let him eat the filling but shockingly he liked that. The peppers were flavorful and filled with several vegetables that my kids normally don’t want to eat separately (ie.spinach). The flavors of the peppers are mild enough for kids and for us adults who can handle a little heat I garnished with finely chopped jalapenos. This is a great meal for company as well since they look so pretty, so try your hand at stuffing peppers and enjoy.

Stuffed peppers with orzo pasta, turkey and fresh veggies

Ingredients:
4 bell peppers any color
1 pound of ground turkey meat
1 onion chopped
olive oil
2 carrots chopped
1 cup orzo (pasta that looks like rice)
3 cups chicken broth
1 tsp. dried basil, can use fresh if you have it
1 tablespoon roasted garlic paste (found in deli section of grocery store or use fresh garlic to taste)
ground pepper
5 Campari tomatoes they are small
1 1/2 cup of chopped fresh spinach
Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Step 1: Prepare the veggies by slicing peppers in half and taking seeds out. Chop onion, carrots,tomatoes and spinach
Step 2: Sprinkle some oil on the peppers and lightly salt and pepper both sides, put in a 9X13 inch pan.
Step 3: In a large 12 inch skillet put about a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan and cook the turkey and onions together on medium high breaking apart the meat so there are no big lumps, drain excess fat when the turkey is no longer pink.
Step 4: Put the turkey and onions back on the heat add the orzo and cook a few minutes then add the chicken broth, carrots and basil. Cook on medium heat until the orzo is al dente.
Step 5: Heat the oven to broil and put the peppers in the oven and check them in 5 minutes, if they are getting browned then with tongs turn them over. Put the peppers back in the oven for another 5 minutes until they are browned.
Step 6: While the peppers pre-cook a bit put the garlic, tomatoes and spinach into the orzo mixture and stir well. Cook on low making sure the moisture is cooked out not dry, just not soupy. Taste for seasoning and add pepper and salt if needed.
Step 7: When the peppers come out of the oven turn the oven temperature to 400 degrees and fill the peppers with the orzo mixture. Bake for 10-15 minutes uncovered. When they are done sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top and serve.
Serves: 4


I was walking outside our house the other evening and snapped these two photos of the sun setting. I’m so blessed with such a beautiful place to live and great sunsets.

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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 25, 2012 at 1:48 am

I love stuffed peppers, these look so good Suzanne!

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2 CCU October 25, 2012 at 2:35 am

Mmmm these peppers certainly have that extra little kick :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

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3 Lora @cakeduchess October 25, 2012 at 5:24 am

Stuffed peppers are so flavorful and I love the smell while they’re baking. Nice clicks of the sunset:)

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4 Carol | a cup of mascarpone October 25, 2012 at 6:48 am

One of my absolute favorite foods – love these, Suzanne! They look wonderful!!!

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5 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) October 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

You packed those peppers with so much great stuff–a perfectly balanced meal in each in such a pretty package!

Love the sunset pictures, too. :)

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6 Valerie October 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

Stuffed peppers are like tiny, edible presents. Yours look scrumptious! (Love that you used orzo instead of rice!)

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7 Patty October 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I like stuffed peppers but haven’t made them for awhile- need to change that! I like your filling and your suggestion to use leftovers and get creative with the recipe! Beautiful photos of your neck of the woods-thanks for sharing;-)

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8 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

This is my kind of food. I love peppers and stuffing them with these ingredients just make them more perfect!

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9 Vicki Bensinger October 26, 2012 at 6:39 am

I love stuffed peppers and like you I stuff them with ground turkey and veggies. This is the perfect fall food I’m so glad you reminded me of these. For some reason I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of dishes to prepare that my family loves to eat, and this is one of them. Yours look delicious!

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10 Suzanne October 27, 2012 at 1:31 am

Thanks Vicki, glad I reminded you too :)

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11 Tessa October 26, 2012 at 8:47 am

What a lovely dish! This would be perfect for leftover turkey at the holidays!

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12 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

Great sunset! I wish I liked bell peppers! The filling sounds great, and my husband would love these!

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13 Suzanne October 27, 2012 at 1:30 am

thank you Erin :)

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14 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings October 27, 2012 at 1:17 am

Thanks for the reminder to make stuffed peppers – which are perfect cold-weather food! My kids had not seen me make these yet, so I’m sure they’ll be delighted at the “unusual” presentation of their food! Coming soon to my daily household menu! Love this, Suzanne!

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15 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 27, 2012 at 2:48 am

I love bell peppers and stuffed with orzo pasta sounds wonderful!!

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16 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} October 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Stuffed bell peppers are one of my favorites! In fact I have some in the fridge – need to make them soon. I love your recipe. Delish! Enjoy your weekend.

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17 Magic of Spice October 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

These look so wonderful! I love the idea of orzo…must try!
And I love the sunset photos as well…gorgeous!

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18 Kristi Rimkus October 28, 2012 at 8:46 am

My aunt used to make stuffed peppers when we’d gather for family dinners. We loved them! These look terrific and bring back happy memories. :)

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19 Terra October 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Stuffed peppers take me back to my childhood, that was one of my favorite recipes my mom made. Love your healthy, and hearty recipe, it looks delicious! Hugs, Terra

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20 The Café Sucré Farine October 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

Lovely peppers and lovely landscape! I haven’t made stuffed peppers for a long time, but you’ve got me in the mood!

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21 Caroline Taylor January 4, 2013 at 7:41 am

This sounds so good, I love all the colours.

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