Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
Vegetarian green peppers stuffed with barley and mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 cups mushrooms, chopped
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups pearl barley, cooked
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
- 4 medium bell peppers
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add mushrooms and onions and cook, stirring until the onions are browned.
- Stir in the barley, parsley, thyme and pepper (ground). Stir in the cheese; set aside.
- Rinse the bell peppers. Cut off the tops; remove and discard the seeds and pith.
- If necessary, make a thin slice on the bottom of each pepper to balance. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture into each pepper.
- Stand the peppers upright in a baking dish just large enough to accommodate them.
- Pour the sauce into the baking dish.
- Bake 30 minutes or until the peppers are tender.
This is a great recipe. My husband commented how similar the texture of the barley is to ground meat, so you don't really feel like you are missing anything. I had big peppers, so I halved them and that worked just fine. Next time I might add more mushrooms, but otherwise they were perfect as posted.
Wow these were really good peppers! I cooked my peppers in the microwave with a little water for about 4 minutes before stuffing them, otherwise made just as directed and wouldn't change a thing. The marinara sauce was great with these and they were quite filling - didn't miss the meat at all. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
I love this recipe! I am a big fan of traditional stuffed peppers with the meat and rice, but I have to admit, I like these even better. I had to use quick-cooking barley because it's what I had on hand, so I didn't pre-cook it. I also used sharp white cheddar cheese and used a can of plain tomato sauce. This works really well in a slow-cooker, too. I added a cup of water to the bottom and cooked it on high for 3 hours or so. This is what I call a perfect recipe!