Exploded (Un-Stuffed) Bell Peppers

"Don't let the title frighten you! The inside of your oven will be fine:)! As I surveyed the contents of my kitchen the other day, I saw all the fixin's for stuffed peppers, but I wanted something heartier. Using Joe Bob Mac's recipe #41118 as my inspiration, I came up with this simple, tasty casserole. It is vegan, but regular sausages and cheese can certainly be used."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Warm oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add soy sausage, and cook until it begins to brown.
  • Add peppers, onions, garlic and rice; sautee until veggies begin to soften and rice browns slightly, adding a little water if necessary.
  • Add vegetable broth and pasta sauce; bring to a boil then simmer 15 minutes.
  • Stir in parsley and crushed red peppers; pour into a 2 quart casserole dish and top with mozzarella, if using.
  • Bake covered 45-50 minute (if you use cheese, you may want to uncover for the last 10 minute so the cheese will brown).

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  1. Elmotoo
    Can I rate this higher??? This is an awesome recipe!! I'd like to say I'd make it often but there's so many recipes, so little time as it is, lol! I made this w/sweet sausage (oops) in an stovetop to oven to table pot which worked great - only 1 dish to clean! For the pasta sauce, I added some basil & oregano to 1/3 tomato sauce. I doubled the veggies, meat & cheese but not the rice. I'm glad I did because otherwise it would have been disproportionally ricey. We're eating it, thinking of all the variations - different meat/soy alternatives, vegetables, etc. An easy recipe to double & add/edit with great results. A definite keeper! Thanks for submitting it, Chiclet!
  2. rsnelling42
    This was very good. I doubled the recipe, but used 1.5 cups of rice (instead of 2), and it was still much to ricey. Next time I'll double the whole recipe, use 3/4 c rice and 2 c broth, and triple the sauce. Delicious dinner, but certainly does not equate to the taste of stuffed peppers.


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