Healthy Stuffed Pepper Casserole

This Healthy Stuffed Pepper Casserole with Cheddar is a great go-to meal for nights when you don’t really feel like cooking. It’s easy to make, hearty, and tastes great!

This Healthy Stuffed Pepper Casserole with Cheddar (and ground turkey) is a great go-to meal for nights when you don't really feel like cooking. It's easy to make, hearty, and tastes great! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

This might not be the prettiest meal in the world, but it is one of my absolute go-to meals. It’s a perfect meal for days when you’re exhausted. Hardly any prep time and you can do it early. It needs to bake for at least an hour and a half – which just so happens to be the time where I’m starting to go crazy and staring at the clock waiting for my husband to get home (aka the witching hour!). That might sound like a long baking time but the beauty of this is that you can do anything you want while it bakes. Make a side salad. Sit down, relax! Play with your kids. Do some yard work. Whatever you want.

This Healthy Stuffed Pepper Casserole with Cheddar (and ground turkey) is a great go-to meal for nights when you don't really feel like cooking. It's easy to make, hearty, and tastes great! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

The only actual cooking in this dish aside from baking it (which is completely hands-off), is browning the meat and cooking the onions. Which takes less than 10 minutes. Once that is done, you just mix the rest of the ingredients together, tightly wrap it up with foil and bake. You have to stick around the house, you know, since the oven is on and all, but other than that you can do whatever your heart desires. And make sure to stir this every so often!

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This Healthy Stuffed Pepper Casserole with Cheddar (and ground turkey) is a great go-to meal for nights when you don't really feel like cooking. It's easy to make, hearty, and tastes great! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Things to note about this recipe:

  • Make sure to buy long-grain rice. The short grain will take longer to cook. My neighbor makes a version of this with orzo so you could try that if you wanted!
  • Feel free to substitute ground beef if you want a more traditional stuffed pepper flavor. I love ground turkey and I go for the extra lean stuff for this recipe because all the juice from the tomatoes makes it super juicy and flavorful.
  • As with many of my recipes, I love to use extra sharp cheddar cheese on this. The bold flavor allows you to use less cheese leading to a lower calorie meal. I think when I photographed all I had was mozzarella – it was a milder flavor but still delicious.

Enjoy!

Healthy Stuffed Pepper Casserole with Cheddar

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

This Healthy Stuffed Pepper Casserole with Cheddar is a great go-to meal for nights when you don't really feel like cooking. It's easy to make, hearty, and tastes great!

Ingredients:

  • 20 ounces extra lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup long-grain brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese or mozzarella

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large high-sided skillet, add ground turkey and onions and season with salt and pepper. (I use a non-stick skillet. If you don’t, you might want to add a teaspoon or two of olive oil.) Cook, breaking up ground turkey, until turkey is cooked through and browned.
  3. Add to a 9x13 casserole dish and add all other ingredients except cheese. Stir to combine. Cover tightly with foil. Bake for 75 minutes to 90 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove foil, add cheese and bake for about 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and bubbling.

Verdict: I honestly love this healthy stuffed pepper casserole recipe. It’s so great paired with a salad – such an easy meal.
Husband’s take: He never complains when I serve this! He loves that it is healthy and still really hearty and filling.
Changes I would make: None are necessary. Sometimes I switch it up a little based on what I have in the house. I love it with mushrooms.
Difficulty: Easy!

Looking for more stuffed pepper recipes? Try Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, Southwestern Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers, Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. If you’re not feeling peppers, try this Easy Italian Vegetable Pasta Bake or Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole.

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24 comments

  1. I love low maintenance dishes like these! Especially when they’re loaded with all that delicious looking cheese. :) And that’s a great tip on the long-grain rice! I never thought about that.

  2. What a great healthy and filling dinner option for the whole fan! Noms:)

  3. I need to have some make-ahead meals for later this week. And I have everything in the house already to make this! What luck!

  4. Sure looks good to me! This might even work using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. Either way, I love it!

  5. We’re simpatico today with our recipe sharing. Your version looks supremely easy! I think Amy might be onto something by using leftover turkey. And yes, always sharp cheese!

  6. I love your idea of using mushrooms in this, too! YUM!

  7. sounds good–I guess I could omit the peppers…allergic

  8. Sounds delish – I love all the healthy ingredients and I just got a bunch of peppers at the farmers market that would be perfect to use in this :)

  9. Healthy and easy – I am IN! All busy moms need recipes like this! Can’t wait to make it!

  10. Looks amazing Rachel!! My kids would love this!!!

  11. another delicious and healthy recipe from your blog…thank you xoxo

  12. This looks good enough to eat off of all week…but I bet it wouldn’t last very long in my house! YUM!

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  14. Love how you keps all the flavor but took all the work out of a favorite dish!

  15. You could add the Tomatoes, Rice, Peppers to the pot you browned your meat in…cook for a few minutes o stove..then build your Casserole. Wouldn’t take so much basking time!

  16. Question about the rice, how does it soften up in the oven without any water? Just worried it might come out crunchy. Thanks!

  17. This sounds so yummy I cannot wait to make. Where can I find the nutrition info? We are watching calories, fat, etc so I like having that information for whatever I am making lately. Thank you

    • Hi, I am slowly adding nutritional information to my recipes but this one doesn’t have it yet. There are lots of great calculators online though, I like My Fitness Pal. :)

  18. Just made this dish tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I used the motz cheese and loved it! Thanks !:)

  19. I made this for dinner tonight and it was fabulous! Mine took longer than the 90 minutes so I was glad I started early. It was totally worth the wait! Next time I’ll prep it the day before and let the rice soften to reduce the cooking time. I served it with garlic roasted cauliflower steaks and it was a healthy, delicious meal. Thanks!!

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