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Brown Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

For a dinner party, I always like to have an option available that's completely meatless, and these brown rice stuffed bell peppers are a great choice. Plant-based ground meat gives these a pack of protein, and all the ingredients lend themselves to giving these tons of flavor.

Brown Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers


dinner Main Course

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 4 medium red, (yellow or orange bell peppers)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Half a pound plant-based ground meat, (such as Beyond Meat)
  • 2 shallots, (chopped)
  • 1 fennel, (cut into 1/3-inch pieces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • One 14-ounce can baby Roma or cherry tomatoes, (such as Mutti, crushed by hand)
  • 1 cup baby spinach, (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup grated Provolone piccante cheese or mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut off the top 1/3 inch of each pepper, remove and discard the seeds. If needed, cut a small amount of the bottom off each pepper so that they sit flat. Season the insides evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Nestle the peppers inside an 8-inch baking dish and set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and heat another minute. Add the plant-based meat and use the back of a wooden spoon to break apart the meat into small pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Add the shallots, fennel, oregano and 1 teaspoon salt and cook another 4 minutes or until fragrant and the vegetables begin to soften. Stir in the rice, tomatoes, spinach, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, basil and pepper and cook until the spinach is wilts and the cheese is melted. Divide the mixture among the peppers. Top with the Provolone piccante. Add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the pan. Bake the peppers for 40 minutes or until the cheese is melted and peppers are soft but not falling apart. Serve hot.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
40 grams
17 grams
12 grams
Saturated Fat
3 grams
12 milligrams
1259 milligrams
9 grams
11 grams
Unsaturated Fat
7 grams
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