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Slow-Cooker Pizza-Stuffed Peppers

slow-cooker pizza-stuffed peppers Entree
Slow-Cooker Pizza-Stuffed Peppers
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 4 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6

Slow-cook these pizza sauce laced ground turkey and pepperoni stuffed cheesy peppers for a comforting dinner at home.

Updated October 11, 2010

Ingredients

  • 1/2
    cup uncooked orzo or rosamarina pasta
  • 4
    cups boiling water
  • 6
    small bell peppers (about 5 oz each)
  • 1/2
    package (1 1/4-lb size) lean ground turkey (about 10 oz)
  • 1/2
    cup diced pepperoni (about 2 1/2 oz)
  • 1
    can (15 oz) pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2
    cups shredded pizza cheese blend (6 oz)
  • 1/2
    cup water

Steps

  • 1
    In 2-quart saucepan, cook pasta in 4 cups boiling water 3 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well. Meanwhile, cut thin slice from stem end of each bell pepper to remove top; reserve tops. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse peppers. To make peppers stand upright, cut thin slice off bottom of each.
  • 2
    In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook turkey and pepperoni over medium-high heat 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until turkey is no longer pink. Drain if necessary. Stir in pizza sauce, 1 cup of the cheese and the cooked pasta. Divide turkey filling among peppers.
  • 3
    Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour 1/2 cup water into cooker. Stand peppers upright in cooker; replace pepper tops. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 5 hours.
  • 4
    Remove pepper tops; reserve. Top filling with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover; cook 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. To remove peppers from cooker, lift out with large slotted spoon, using tongs to support peppers (do not squeeze). Garnish with pepper tops.

  • Any color of bell pepper works for this recipe. Red, yellow and orange peppers have a sweeter flavor and cook just a little more quickly than green peppers do.
  • Plain mozzarella cheese would work fine in the recipe. Most pizza cheese blends also have some Parmesan cheese, which adds flavor.
  • Orzo and rosamarina are rice- shaped pastas.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
Calories from Fat
160
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
27%
Saturated Fat
8g
41%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
70mg
24%
Sodium
530mg
22%
Potassium
540mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
19g
6%
Dietary Fiber
3g
13%
Sugars
6g
Protein
23g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
60%
60%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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