‘Beef’ and Orzo-Stuffed Peppers

3.5 (7 reviews)

‘Beef’ and Orzo-Stuffed Peppers



  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 4 peppers (green, orange, red, or yellow)
  • 2/3 cup tightly packed fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup vegan parmesan “cheese”
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 12 oz. vegan ground beef-style crumbles
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 12-oz. jar tomato sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Cook the orzo pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
  • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Cut the tops off the peppers (save them) and scrape out the insides, removing the seeds. Place the peppers into the boiling water, simmer for 3 minutes, remove from the water, and invert them onto a paper towel to drain.
  • Place the parsley, soy parmesan, walnuts, basil, 1/2 tsp. of the salt, and the garlic into a food processor and pulse until blended. With the food processor running, slowly add 1/4 cup of the olive oil and continue processing to form a smooth pesto.
  • In a large skillet, brown the beef-style crumbles in the remaining oil over medium heat. Stir in the orzo, pesto, the remaining 1/2 tsp. of salt, and the chopped tomato. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mixture is heated through.
  • Pour the tomato sauce into an 8-inch glass baking dish. Fill the peppers with the “beef” mixture and place them into the baking dish. Put the pepper tops back on and bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 4 servings

Stuffed mini-peppers

Rated 3.5/5 based on 7 reviews

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