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Lightened Up Stuffed Pepper Casserole

You can enjoy all the flavors of stuffed peppers without going through all the worked of making stuffed peppers by whipping together this easy, hearty lightened up stuffed pepper casserole!

Lightened Up Stuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe l

With the passing of Labor Day weekend, people seem to be in two different groups. One group is hanging on to all things summer as hard as they can and one group is charging into all things fall! Whatever group you’re in, I think we can agree on one thing. Comfort food is good.

Quick and easy comfort food is better. Quick and easy comfort food that is healthy (while still tasting good!) is best! One dish that fits all of those requirements is this lightened up stuffed pepper casserole.

Lightened Up Stuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe l

Warm, hearty comfort food is always a favorite around here, so I figured it was about time that I lightened up one of our favorites. Stuffed pepper casserole is super easy is to make, can be made ahead of time, and can be switched up to meet everyone’s tastes.

What’s not to like?! It wasn’t hard to give this dish a nutritious makeover while keeping the taste we loved.

Lightened Up Stuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe l

Lean ground beef or turkey breast keeps the protein light. Using fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic gives the casserole a boost of nutrients.

And for the rice? Make the simple swap of brown rice for white rice. No one will even notice and you’ll get all of the benefits of whole grains instead of refined white rice.

A dish that can be a favorite for both summer and fall lovers!

Lightened Up Stuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe l

Lightened Up Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey breast
  • 1 ½ C green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ C onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 C cooked long grain brown rice
  • 1 C tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (24 oz) jar reduced-sodium, no sugar added spaghetti sauce (or your favorite homemade spaghetti sauce)
  • 1 ½ C reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese blend, divided


  1. Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium until no longer pink. Drain excess grease. Add pepper, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Continue cooking until onions turn translucent and peppers become tender.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. In a large bowl, carefully stir together beef mixture, rice, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and ¾ cup shredded cheese.
  4. Spread mixture into a 2 ½ quart casserole. Sprinkle with remaining ¾ cup shredded cheese.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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 Lightened Up stuffed Pepper Casserole Recipe l


Thursday 16th of May 2019

So happy I found this recipe - I'll definitely make again.

I swapped the brown rice for cauliflower rice and added Italian seasoning.

Next time I may add mushrooms and some fresh herbs.

Easy, healthy & delicious!


Friday 14th of October 2016

I wanted to make this for my dad, but he is on a liquid restriction plan. Is there something I can do that will use less liquid than pasta sauce? Would tomato paste work as well? I figure that the moisture will cook out of that quite a bit...


Tuesday 7th of July 2015

We've made this multiple time, we use less cheese and beef up the veggies. We use ground chicken and top with panko breadcrumbs.

This is a winner for even the pickiest eaters. So filling! Very good recipe and super easy to make!

am's favorite

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

This recipe is one of my absolute fav! I can eat this everyday that's how much I love this! Thank you for sharing this. Keep the recipes coming! :)

Renee - Kudos Kitchen

Thursday 8th of January 2015

Stuffed peppers are my favorite. I love that this is in casserole form and that you've lightened it up a bit!

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