One Pan Unstuffed Bell Peppers

Unstuffed Bell Peppers

Well, here we are….the 2nd day of Fall! Can you believe it’s already here? I can’t. This past summer was a blur and now the leaves are turning all shades of beautiful! When I saw the photos for this guest post today by Melissa at No. 2 Pencil, the first thing I thought of was what a perfect recipe for this time of year! It’s got all the beautiful reds, yellows and greens of fall and it’s great comfort food! If that weren’t good enough…it’s also naturally gluten-free AND you make it all in one pan!  I personally can’t wait to try it! Please welcome Melissa……………..

 

Hello One Good Thing readers! I’m Melissa from No. 2 Pencil and I’m so thrilled to be here with you today. Over at No. 2 Pencil, I share my favorite recipes, crafts and DIY projects.

I’m really excited to share my latest one-pan recipe with you, One Pan Unstuffed Bell Peppers. It is unbelievably tasty, and everything cooks in the same skillet. Even the rice! These have all the incredible flavor of traditional stuffed bell peppers, but the prep and clean up is a snap. If your family loves stuffed bell peppers, they are going to love these Unstuffed Bell Peppers.

My One-Pan Chicken Alfredo and One-Pan Cheeseburger Casserole are a few of my most popular one pan recipes, and this dish is right up there with them! Let me show you how easy it is to make.

 

Start by dicing two cloves of garlic, 1/2 of a medium onion, and two bell peppers. Saute in two tablespoons of olive oil.

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Once the peppers and onions have started to soften, add one pound of extra lean ground beef to the pan. Season with one teaspoon of salt and several turns of freshly ground pepper.

Unstuffed Bell Peppers

 

When the ground beef is cooked, add one can of low-sodium chicken broth, one 14.5 oz can of whole tomatoes, one 8 oz can of tomato sauce, and one teaspoon of soy sauce.

I prefer canned whole tomatoes over canned diced tomatoes for a fresher taste. I just use my kitchen scissors to chop up the whole tomatoes while they are still in the can, then pour them into the pan.

Bring the tomato mixture up to a simmer, then stir in one cup of uncooked extra long grain rice. Cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat down to low.

Unstuffed Bell Peppers

 

Let mixture cook 20-30 minutes covered, or until rice is tender. At the 20 minute mark, open the pan every five minutes and stir so the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom.

You can stop here if you prefer not to use cheese. The flavor is so good, and the consistency is similar to Jambalaya.

Unstuffed Bell Peppers

 

I topped ours with a cup of freshly shredded jack cheese. I love jack cheese because it just melts into the dish. So yummy!

I covered the pan with the lid to let the cheese melt, then sprinkled a little bit of diced, fresh bell peppers and green onions. It was divine, seriously one of my favorite dishes I have ever made. The ground beef and rice are so tender, and the flavor from the onions, bell peppers and tomatoes are one of my favorite combinations.

The teaspoon of soy sauce adds to the meaty, rich flavors of the dish. You can’t really identify it in the recipe, it just adds another level of flavor that really compliments the dish.

You may also want to try my Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers. You don’t have to precook the ground beef, so the prep is incredibly easy as well.

Unstuffed Bell Peppers

 

 

One Pan Unstuffed Bell Peppers

One Pan Unstuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Bell Peppers, any color
  • 1/2 of a medium onion
  • 1 pound of extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 14.5 oz can of whole tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 8oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of long uncooked, extra long grain rice
  • 1 cup of shredded jack cheese
  • green onions for garnish
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Instructions

  • Start by dicing two cloves of garlic, 1/2 of a medium onion, and two bell peppers. Reserve some of the diced bell peppers to sprinkle on top.
  • Saute peppers, onions and garlic in two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  • Once the peppers and onions have started to soften, increase heat to medium high and add one pound of extra lean ground beef to the pan.
  • Season with one teaspoon of kosher salt and several turns of fresh pepper.
  • Once the ground beef is cooked, add chicken broth, the can of whole tomatoes (chopped), tomato sauce, and soy sauce.
  • Bring the tomato mixture up to a simmer, then stir in one cup of uncooked extra long grain rice.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat down to low.
  • Let mixture cook 20-30 minutes, or until rice is tender.
  • At the 20 minute mark, start stirring the pan occasionally so the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • One rice is tender, sprinkle the cheese on top.
  • Cover the pan with the lid to let the cheese melt.
  • Garnish with fresh diced bell peppers and green onions.

 

This recipe is easily lightened up. Try substituting ground turkey for ground beef. You can also use reduced-fat cheese, or just skip the cheese altogether!

If you enjoyed this recipe, I’d love for you to pop over and say hello. Thank you so much for letting me share, Jill!
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Comments

  1. Sheilasu says

    This is one recipe that I WILL be trying this fall – great casserole to share at a “pot-luck”!

  2. Liz says

    Oooh, this sounds wonderful and since I love stuffed Bell Peppers, I know this will be delicious :)
    Thanks for the recipe :)

  3. Mona MacLeod says

    The leaves are changing in your neck of the woods? I’m way up north in Canada and they’re still green here near Ottawa-Gatineau.

  4. Jeannean Green says

    I’m so glad you posted this recipe this morning. I’m going to make this with bell peppers and tomatoes out of the garden today!

  5. Ada says

    This is probably a dumb question, but I’m not a very good cook, so I’ll ask anyway. Should you drain the ground beef after it’s cooked? And if so, wouldn’t that drain away all the flavor from the onions and bell peppers? But if not, won’t you have too much grease?

    Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Ada!

      If you use extra-lean ground beef, you should have a very minimal amount of fat from the ground beef. If you use a fattier meat, such as 80/20, you will have more. You can drain it or not, depending on your preference:0)

      Great question!

    • sherri says

      Brown rice needs longer to cook (45 mins as opposed to 15 – 20 mins for white rice) unless you use a par-cooked type, like Uncle Ben’s brown rice.

  6. Trixie says

    This is officially on the menu for tonight’s dinner. Thank you, “plan what’s for dinner” is officially checked off my to-do list. :)

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