Everyone gets their own personal dinner tucked into a delicious sweet pepper.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add smoked sausage, onion, garlic and Italian seasoning and cook for 6-9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and smoked sausage is brown. Stir in white wine vinegar, cooked orzo, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup mozzarella; remove from heat and set aside.

  • Mix together the marinara sauce and cinnamon and stir 1/4 cup of the sauce into the skillet. Spoon remaining sauce into the bottom of a 9x9-inch baking dish.

  • Cut the tops off of the peppers, remove the seeds, stuff them with the orzo-smoked sausage mixture and place in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and bake until heated through, 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

609 calories; protein 22.3g; carbohydrates 71.6g; fat 25.9g; cholesterol 48.8mg; sodium 1126.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2016
A very nice stuffed pepper recipe using smoked sausage and orzo instead of the usual ground beef and rice. The Italian seasoning is also an unexpected flavor. I like that a typical stuffed pepper is no longer typical and what is usually expected. My only almost complaint is that the pepper is not quite cooked through and is still too crisp. Next time perhaps I can cover the peppers with a tent of foil for only 5-8 minutes in order to let the pepper cook just a little more but not allow the cheese to become too brown. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/10/2016
I probably will not make this recipe again. My husband did not care for it either. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2016
A very nice stuffed pepper recipe using smoked sausage and orzo instead of the usual ground beef and rice. The Italian seasoning is also an unexpected flavor. I like that a typical stuffed pepper is no longer typical and what is usually expected. My only almost complaint is that the pepper is not quite cooked through and is still too crisp. Next time perhaps I can cover the peppers with a tent of foil for only 5-8 minutes in order to let the pepper cook just a little more but not allow the cheese to become too brown. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2016
I read the reviews before I made this and decided to cut the peppers length way so I had two peppers to fill. I made 6 halves with three peppers. I blanched the peppers in boiling water for about 10 min. then plunged in cold water. I did not add cinnamon as this seemed odd to me. I added about a half a cup of white wine with the vinegar as I felt it needed it. Next time I will use diced tomatoes as was suggested by hubby which I think would have given the dish some extra layers. It was a great inexpensive dinner by all with a tossed salad. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/19/2018
I will definitely make this again but without the peppers. The Chorizo and Orzo were delicious on their own. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2016
I used ground spicy sausage (cooked until brown and crumbly) and omitted the cinnamon. I also used the Trader Joe's Rice Orzo Pilaf Mix for my pasta element. Otherwise I didn't change a thing and the dish was a success! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2016
The reviews were mixed with the family. For our personal taste I would add a little more garlic. The peppers didn t cook thoroughly but I don t like mushiness so it worked for me. I thought they were a nice twist on a stuffed pepper. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/10/2016
I probably will not make this recipe again. My husband did not care for it either. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2017
My husband made this with chicken sausage. Added fresh oregano toward the end. Absolutely delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2020
I thought this was a refreshing change from the usual. I added mushrooms and sauteed them with the onions etc. Used 4 yellow and orange peppers and cut lengthwise to stuff. I wondered about the cinnamon but I really liked what it added. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2018
This was relatively easy for a weeknight dinner and delicious as well! The bonus is that the meat veggie and starch are all in one "pot" and dinner is served!! Read More