Sunday, November 4, 2012

Italian Stuffed Peppers with Zucchini & Lemon

Italian food is delicious.

Tomatoes are awesome.

And I LOVE peppers.

So, tonight, stuffed peppers it is.
With tomatoes, zucchini and lemon... and all kinds of other yummy stuff!

Even my kids love these!
(I know, they are weird, most kids would NOT eat these, but Julian (6) begs me to make them!)

What you  will need:

  • 4-6 peppers (more depending on size... Green, Red, Anaheim...)
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 6-8 cloves chopped garlic
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable broth (or more depending on consistence needed)
  • 1 pinch oregano
  • 1 pinch rosemary
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Pecarino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 lb. ground Italian sausage, browned
Prepare your peppers. Slice in half and carefully remove the ribs and seeds, leaving the stems in tact for presentation.

Cook the wild rice according to package directions. 
I like to just boil in a large pot of water, and drain when it is done, like pasta.

Saute zucchini and onion in a teaspoon of olive oil until softened.

Drain 1 can diced tomatoes.

Combine the rice, sauteed veggies and tomatoes together, with chopped garlic, tomato paste, lemon zest, lemon juice and veggie broth...

Add in rosemary, oregano,, salt and pepper...

And 1/4 cup shredded Pecarino Roman cheese.

Mix well.

At this point, if you are making vegetarian, stuff the peppers, if you are making meaty peppers, mix in the browned Italian Sausage first.

Arrange peppers in a 9X13 pan, sprayed with non-stick spray.

Fill the peppers with a heaping portion of the rice mixture.

Top with the rest of the Pecarino Romano cheese and bake at 350* for 30 minutes.


I like to serve with a green salad and fresh soft rolls.

You can make these with any kind of peppers, mini peppers as an appetizer, large peppers as a main dish or medium peppers as a side dish.



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