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Delicious Stuffed Peppers with Basil

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Stuffed peppers are loaded with flavor! They're delicious, easy to make and you can modify the recipe as much as you like! If you have fresh basil for the recipe - it really elevates the flavor! I am slowly starting to buy more stuff from the organic store nearby - and I notice a big difference especially in the quality of the meat. I hope you enjoy this meal - it is very filling. And even though my son doesn't like to eat the actual pepper, this is still one of his favorite meals! It's also good to serve this with a little garlic bread.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients for Basil Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
  • 4-6 large bell peppers (any color - but I prefer red)
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 cup of cooked rice
  • salt & pepper - use according to taste preferences
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small to medium tomato - chopped
  • one cup of spaghetti or marinara sauce
  • fresh basil
  • glass baking dish
  • * optional: cayenne pepper, garlic powder & Italian seasoning - extra seasoning is optional and I added these after taste-testing and wanted more flavor
Serving Information
With these ingredients, you should be able to make at least 4-6 large servings of stuffed peppers. If you notice in my photos, I only had 3 peppers (so I ended up having leftover filling) because one of my peppers was old and I had to get rid of it. Please note that one large pepper, with the filling, is a hefty serving for one person. So, for kids and those who don't need to eat that much, you could cut the pepper in half lengthwise as I did and you can see it in some of my pictures. It's up to you!
rgerber111 months ago
I cheat due to time restraints at home. I cut up my peppers into chunks and add everything into the pan, then place cheese on top and a lid and turn off heat, and let the cheese melt,,, not as pretty though,
rgerber1 rgerber111 months ago
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HollyMann (author)  rgerber111 months ago
Wow interesting - I never knew that! Makes sense though - the female ones being sweeter! (。◕‿◕。)
rgerber1 HollyMann10 months ago
I saw that on Facebook,, so this AM I did some checking to make sure and found this http://kkcb.com/are-there-male-and-female-peppers-and-does-it-really-make-a-difference-in-taste/

so I guess the internet is not always right and I am not a French model, :-) sorry if I confused anyone, and Holly you have the best posts, thanks for the updates and instructables.
HollyMann (author)  rgerber111 months ago
Thanks for the comments! I've done it the lazy way too when I'm really hungry and want to throw it together faster! :) It's so good either way!
ericchapman11 months ago
I've never seen anything better in my whole life. If I can't cook them right I'm taking the next flight out
HollyMann (author)  ericchapman11 months ago
Wow thank you so much Eric!!! (◕‿◕✿) So nice of you to say!!!
omikeo11 months ago
similar to my own recipe, I do like the red too they have a sweeter flavor(but got green off the clearance rack)

I cook my rice first then mix it with the raw meat, s&p and raw aromatics(i'll try your basil next time)

cook them in a covered pot this last time was on stove top

half of the onion and garlic in the sauce and half in stuffing
I put some diced tomatoes in the bottom and covered the peppers with a can of whole tomatoes, I usually like to use tomato juice or sauce also(cheese at the end but didnt this time)

Also a must for this food of the gods is : INSTANT mashed potatoes!!
HollyMann (author)  omikeo11 months ago
Yeah the green ones always seem to be much cheaper! :) Your method sounds awesome too...so delicious!
Four01kpro11 months ago
For some extra flavor and vitamins I add a grated carrott to both my stuffed peppers and stuffed cabbage. Also you might try meatloaf mixture of veal, pork and beef. My Hungarian mother-in-law used only ground pork and my family likes the lighter taste of it.
HollyMann (author)  Four01kpro11 months ago
That sounds great...I used to make it with half ground beef and half spicy sausage or ground pork, etc...so good! ;)
studleylee11 months ago
Yum :-) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I'm not a fully a pepper guy. I'm going to try this.
HollyMann (author)  studleylee11 months ago
Yay awesome!
WUVIE11 months ago
Oh, Yummy! Thanks for sharing!
paulmatsumoto11 months ago
mmm...yum! Always a favorite!
HollyMann (author)  paulmatsumoto11 months ago
Hey Paul!!! :) Thanks for the comment - so happy to see you on here!
jessyratfink11 months ago
Yummmmmm! I love stuffed peppers and these look so so so good. :D
HollyMann (author)  jessyratfink11 months ago
Thank you so much Jessy!!!!!!!! I love them too...should have made more! :)