Irresistible Healthy Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Bright orange bell peppers are stuffed with a tasty mixture of vegetables, cheeses, and whole wheat orzo pasta in this vegetarian main dish. It makes a big batch and the stuffed peppers are easy to freeze and serve later.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain orzo and transfer...


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 12 large orange bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 (8 ounce) package sliced fresh white mushrooms
  • 1 (8 ounce) package sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced Italian paste tomatoes (such as San Marzano)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can whole Italian paste tomatoes (such as San Marzano), drained and torn into large chunks
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons torn fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

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