Orzo Stuffed Peppers*

Today someone told me that they have never had Eggplant before. And that they hadn’t tried asparagus until they were 23. That just blows my mind! I am 23 and couldn’t imagine my life without eggplant or asparagus or any other type of vegetables (except peas). I was pretty shocked when I found out many other bloggers did not try many “exotic” vegetables till later in life. Many of them found it to be completely normal. Well, I don’t think it is normal. And if it is, I don’t want it to be normal. Vegetables do not mean only corn or green beans. There are so many amazing vegetables out there! I am so thankful to have been exposed to vegetables growing up. And I am extremely thankful that I have a husband who enjoys vegetarian dinners and trying new things with me. And so over the next couple of weeks, I have scheduled a lot of vegetarian meals to show up here on the blog . Hopefully I can convince some readers to broaden their horizons beyond cupcakes. :-)

So to start, we have Orzo Stuffed Peppers. You normally would not see stuffed peppers on this blog, because I don’t like them. Wait, er, well…until today. Most stuffed peppers are greasy…and I am not a fan of anything greasy. However, these Orzo Stuffed Peppers are nothing like the usual stuffed peppers. Instead you get the full flavor of the bell pepper mixed with the delicious, cheesy, spinach and orzo inside. These smelled amazing while baking and I kept fighting off Jorge while I was trying to photograph them. Next time I get a good deal on bell peppers at the farmers market you can bet I will be making these babies again!

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Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Yield: 4 stuffed peppers

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, roughly chopped
1 (15 ounce can) can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup orzo
4 large yellow/orange bell peppers

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for two more minutes. Stir in the spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat.

Pour the tomatoes into a large bowl and stir in the spinach mixture. Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the orzo and cook for five minutes. The orzo should be only partially cooked because it will finish cooking in the oven. Strain the orzo pasta, making sure you save 1 cup of the vegetable broth.

Stir the orzo into the tomato spinach mixture. Stir in the cheese, oregano and season with salt and pepper.

Pour the vegetable broth into a medium sized baking dish. Slice the tops off the peppers and remove all ribs and seeds. Cut a very thin slice from the base so the peppers will stand up in the baking dish.

Place the peppers in the baking dish and spoon the orzo mixture into the peppers. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle the top of each pepper with additional Parmesan cheese and continue baking until the cheese is golden, about 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let peppers sit for five minutes. Serve warm.

Adapted from: Two Peas and Their Pod

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35 Responses to “Orzo Stuffed Peppers”

  1. 1

    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — April 13, 2011 @ 4:14 am

    orzo + peppers = love
    two of my favorite foods! just might have to whip up one of these bad boys for dinner tomorrow night.

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    woolf — April 13, 2011 @ 4:38 am

    hooray for the stuffed bell pepper! must earmark this recipe…
    smakelijk!
    n♥

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    Jessica — April 13, 2011 @ 4:39 am

    These look delicious! I’m usually not a fan of stuffed peppers, but I might have to try these!

    • Jessica replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

      You really do! I’m usually not a fan either, but they were great! :-)

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    notyet100 — April 13, 2011 @ 5:21 am

    umm delicious,…

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    anothercoffeeplease — April 13, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    Uh, can I just say that I seriously NEED that set of forks?! You always have such lovely photographs of your creations. Those brookies? Yeah. Going to try them. That’ll have to be a salad day though, so I won’t feel the guilt of eating an entire batch in one sitting.

    I hope you don’t mind – I’ve added you to my blog roll!

    • Jessica replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

      Thanks! :-) The forks were from World Market! You really have to try the Bro-okies! Soooo good!

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    elle marie — April 13, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    These are tres adorable Jessica, I really love the flavor of yellow peppers, red as well. Orzo may be a bit difficult for me to find here in Japan though.

    • Jessica replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

      Yup I would bet it would be. Maybe you can order from Amazon?

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    emiglia — April 13, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    I never thought I liked stuffed peppers either, but I think it’s because I don’t like green peppers and I don’t much care for rice. Orange peppers and orzo? Sold!

    I love me some vegetables :)

    • Jessica replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

      Ha! Good point! Green peppers are not my favorite either!

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    Sukaina — April 13, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    I’m not a fan of egg plants and have yet to try asparagus (eeks I’m nearly 30 too!) but I can safely say, I love peppers. Just recently bought some purple ones at the Farmer’s Market and will be blogging about them soon. Yours look delicious too.

    • Jessica replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

      Purple?! That’s awesome! I’ll be keeping my eye out for that blog post.

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    Anna Johnston — April 13, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    How cute is that fork, where’d ya get them? This dish is fantastic, often Ill feed the vego’s a stuffed capo, its always a treat and doesn’t it just present so perfectly.

    • Jessica replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

      Thanks Anna :-) The fork is from World market!

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    Lauren @ Pineapple Pizza — April 13, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Um, so I didn’t start eating peppers or tomatoes, or squash or any kind or asparagus or (we could go on anything until I was in college either. My parents still don’t like those things (and when I was a kid we ate canned vegetables!).

    Also, peas rock. Yum. As do these peppers. Love stuffed peppers!

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    Nelly Rodriguez — April 13, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    I love anything stuffed! These look amazing!

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    amy (fearless homemaker) — April 13, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    i looooove stuffed peppers – we used to eat them growing up, so they’re comfort food to me. i make an updated version of ‘em now – with orzo, lamb, feta + greek seasonings. they rock! this vegetarian version looks amazing, too. =)

    • Jessica replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

      That sounds delicious Amy! Yum!! ;-)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 13, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    I don’t usually like stuffed peppers because they are filled with rice, but orzo would definitely work for me!

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    Joanne — April 13, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    Never had EGGPLANT! That’s a shame. A damn shame. Reminds of how on Jamie’s Food Revolution last season the kids at the elementary school had no idea what broccoli was. BROCCOLI! Even if you get Chinese take-out, you know what BROCCOLI is!

    The stuffed peppers look fab. Not greasy at all in the slightest! And chock full of good eats!

    • Jessica replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

      Ha! Jorge and I were just talking about that episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution the other day! Love what he is doing!!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — April 13, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    There were a lot of things I hadn’t tried when I went to China a few years ago…and they all started showing up on my plate on a regular basis! eggplant, bok choy, tofu… and I liked them all :)

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    Aggie — April 13, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    I love when there is a good deal on peppers, because stuffed peppers are my favorite! These look so pretty!

    Looking forward to your veggie posts! I heart veggies!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — April 13, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    I love stuffed peppers! Just bought some orzo too so will def have to try!

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    Kim @ Feed Me, Seymour — April 13, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    I run into a dilemma when trying to get my 7 year old to try “exotic” vegetables. I consider exotic to be kohl rabi or swiss chard. Those are things I haven’t tried until recent years. But eggplant is so essential! Although I’ll be damned if I can get my daughter to eat it…

    In the meantime, stuffed peppers are yum! I am a big fan of orzo, so I can’t wait to taste this!

    • Jessica replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

      Hahaha I agree those are some exotic veggies!! I still have not tried Kohl Rabi! :-)

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    mom — April 13, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    My fork!!! You know I wanted to get those. Hope you bought an extra set and stored them away for my birthday ;)

    Love you

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    Sunit — April 14, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    Oooh nice! I usually have couscous + feta/other crumbly cheese stuffed into peppers and they turn out really nice as well. This looks awesome though and I’ll be having it instead the next time I get a pepper craving :D

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    Mrs. Jen B — April 14, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    My husband has been wanting to try stuffed peppers for ages – I can’t tell you how many times he’s gone so far as to purchase peppers for stuffing but for one reason or another has had to put off making them. I’m always a fan of when he takes over in the kitchen on weeknights so I’ll have to forward him this recipe! :)

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    Paula — April 14, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    Looks a.m.a.z.ing. Have to admit though, like your friend, I’m an eggplant virgin!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — April 19, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    These look delicious!! And you’re crazy, not all stuffed peppers are greasy! I promise!

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    donna — December 30, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    Use the stuffing mixture and stuff tomatoes and use feta instead of mozzarella, or stuff a sweet onion.

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