A cheesy roux sauce defines this otherwise bland recipe. This recipe is kid- and diabetic-friendly. Spice it up with red pepper flakes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 stuffed pepper halves
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 1-quart baking dish.

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  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook peppers in boiling water until slightly tender, about 3 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water until cooled.

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook ground turkey, onions, mushrooms, and garlic in the hot oil until turkey is completely browned; drain grease from the turkey mixture. Transfer drained turkey mixture to a bowl and return skillet to medium heat.

  • Melt butter in the skillet; add flour, salt, and black pepper. Stir until smooth. Stream milk and half-and-half into the flour mixture while stirring; bring to a boil. Cook and stir the milk mixture until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Return turkey mixture to the skillet; add tomatoes and 2 tablespoons Cheddar cheese. Cook and stir the turkey mixture until hot and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes; spoon into the bell pepper halves. Arrange stuffed pepper halves into the prepared baking dish; top with remaining Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and panko. Cover dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the peppers are tender and the filling is hot, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Switch oven to broil, remove foil, and cook peppers under the broiler until the panko is browned, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

520 calories; protein 36.5g; carbohydrates 28.3g; fat 30.9g; cholesterol 127.9mg; sodium 1027.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2017
I liked this healthy alternative to hamburger. I had a lot left over, you could have used three peppers instead of two. I used the leftovers the next night and put it over spaghetti and it was delicious! I saved it and will cook it again but as a nice alternative for spaghetti sauce as wekk Read More
(5)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/22/2019
Well, I pretty much followed everything to a tee and was disappointed in this Read More
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2016
I can't believe this recipe has not been reviewed yet. It is not your traditional stuffed pepper recipe, but this was just what I was looking for. I used smoked parmesan cheese and roasted tomatoes in this, otherwise I followed the recipe. I like the idea of parboiling the halved red peppers. This recipe got rave reviews at my house and I will be certainly making it again! Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2017
I liked this healthy alternative to hamburger. I had a lot left over, you could have used three peppers instead of two. I used the leftovers the next night and put it over spaghetti and it was delicious! I saved it and will cook it again but as a nice alternative for spaghetti sauce as wekk Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2017
Made this as written and was a little "soupy". Next time I may add a little cooked brown rice but was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2017
Nice recipe enjoyed the mushrooms and ground turkey. I like rice in my stuffed peppers so added whole grain Spanish Rice (already cooked) that added flavor as well. Substituted a can of diced tomatoes for the chopped tomatoes and skipped the panko crumbs since using the rice. Had more filling than the 2 peppers could have filled 3-4 peppers Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2020
I omitted the Panko breadcrumbs and milk and the half-and-half. I also added chicken chicken to the turkey. My husband loves it! It’s a great recipe!? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2018
I prepared as directed. I love how a simple roux jazzes up a dish like this. One thinks it we be the simple thing you grew up with... come to discover it has fewer fat calories and better flavors. Wow. Thanks for another good one Chef John. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2016
I followed the basic recipe though omitted the half and half used half a can of condensed tomato bisque soup (only because I didn't have tomatoes on hand will use tomatoes next time) added a pinch of red pepper flakes as suggested then added spinach I needed to use and it was a hit! I also made more filling than peppers to fill so I had a separate dish where I mixed the filling with some Italian seasoned bread crumbs. that was my husband's fave I will make this again. thanks! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2021
Wonderful recipe. You can easily use 3 peppers instead of 2. WHEN I make it again, I would try and use some of the grease/drippings from the turkey mixture in the roux. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2021
Loved it and will make it again. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/22/2019
Well, I pretty much followed everything to a tee and was disappointed in this Read More