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Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Orzo Stuffed Peppers

One of my favorite meals is Orzo Stuffed Peppers. We make stuffed peppers frequently in the summer because we can find the most beautiful sweet bell peppers at the farmers market for super cheap. The other day peppers were on sale so we decided to bring a little summer sunshine to our cold winter day by making orzo stuffed peppers for dinner.

We use yellow, orange, or red peppers and stuff them with orzo, spinach, tomatoes, garlic, onion, basil, and cheese. We like to use mozzarella cheese and Pecorino Romano. We put a little in the mix and sprinkle some on top of the peppers when they are almost finished baking. Stuffed peppers can be served as a side dish or main dish. We usually serve our stuffed peppers with a side salad and call it good. They are pretty filling. I try to not eat the entire pepper so I can have leftovers, but I am always licking my plate clean.I can’t help it, they are too tasty!

If you are looking for a new dinner idea, try Orzo Stuffed Peppers.

Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Yield: Serves 6

Cook Time: 60 minutes


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, roughly chopped
1 (28 ounce can) can diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups orzo
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top
1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
6 sweet bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange)


1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.

2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for two more minutes. Stir in the spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat.

3. Pour the tomatoes into a large bowl and stir in the spinach mixture. Set aside.

4. Meanwhile, bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the orzo and cook for five minutes. The orzo should be only partially cooked because it will finish cooking in the oven. Strain the orzo pasta, making sure you save the vegetable broth.

5. Stir the orzo into the tomato spinach mixture. Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the basil.

6. Pour the vegetable broth into a 3-quart baking dish. Slice the tops off the peppers and remove all ribs and seeds. Cut a very thin slice from the base so the peppers will stand up in the baking dish.

7. Place the peppers in the baking dish and spoon the orzo mixture into the peppers. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 40- 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle the top of each pepper with additional cheese and continue baking until the cheese is golden, about 15 minutes.

8. Remove from the oven and let peppers sit for five minutes. Serve warm.

If you like these Orzo Stuffed Peppers, you might also like:

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Dad’s Stuffed Bell Peppers from Simply Recipes
Stuffed Peppers from This Week for Dinner

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88 Responses to “Orzo Stuffed Peppers”

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  1. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — February 23, 2011 @ 3:56 am

    Those look sooo good! I love orzo but dont ever make it. Your post reminds me how much I need to make it. Great recipe!

  2. Rosa — February 23, 2011 @ 3:57 am

    That stuffing is wonderful! Orzo is a fabulous ingredient.



  3. Jessica @ How Sweet — February 23, 2011 @ 4:23 am

    We love orzo and I love that melted cheese on top. These look so delish Maria!

  4. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — February 23, 2011 @ 4:44 am

    I never really had stuffed peppers growing up, but I really enjoy them now. I can’t wait to try this version!

  5. Katrina (gluten free gidget) — February 23, 2011 @ 4:49 am

    What gorgeous photos!

  6. Erica — February 23, 2011 @ 5:03 am

    These look fantastic! I wish my Josh was a pepper fan. In the meanwhile, I’ve been trying to find other vegetables to stuff as a substitute! So far, he likes squash best. Hope you’re doing well 😉

  7. Jeanette — February 23, 2011 @ 5:43 am

    What a beautiful and delicious sounding vegetarian meal! A great idea for Meatless Mondays or any day of the week.

  8. Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 23, 2011 @ 6:04 am

    I love stuffed peppers! Never made them with orzo, can’t wait to try this :)

  9. marla {family fresh cooking} — February 23, 2011 @ 6:33 am

    Great recipe for vegetarian stuffed peppers! I actually photographed my SP recipe last week & now can link back to this one. When I finally get around to posting it 😉

  10. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — February 23, 2011 @ 6:39 am

    I love stuffed peppers with orzo. The tiny pasta keeps the dish light which I love! Great recipe!

  11. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 23, 2011 @ 7:05 am


  12. brandi — February 23, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    I love making stuffed peppers with different types of pastas and grains – and that melted cheese on top looks killer!

    I can’t wait for pepper season around here.

  13. cait — February 23, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    wow that looks FABULOUS and its so pretty! xo great post girl!

  14. Liz — February 23, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    I love stuffed peppers and don’t enjoy them often enough – you’re right about making them in the summer with fresh peppers – can’t wait!

  15. Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow — February 23, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    Those look so delicious! I definitely need to try this!

  16. DessertForTwo — February 23, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    This is one of my favorite dinners in the summer when I have more bell peppers in the garden than I know what to do with! It’s a great way to use ’em up! Can’t wait to try your version come July!

  17. Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — February 23, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    At the moment, I can’t think of anything better than peppers stuffed with orzo!

  18. susan — February 23, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    I too, love a good stuffed pepper in the summer. Love the orzo idea!

  19. Deliciously Organic — February 23, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    These look so great! I’ve always loved stuffed peppers. And the orzo and cheese is perfect!!

  20. Jan — February 23, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    I love orzo stuffed peppers – love the pictures!

  21. Becky O. — February 23, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    I’ve got to try these! I love stuffed peppers. I usually go for the beef or lentil variety but now I have a new option. Your recipe sounds so good!

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  23. EatLiveRun — February 23, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Stuffed peppers remind me of summer—love this!

  24. Rachel (S[d]OC) — February 23, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Stuffed peppers are a wonderful creative outlet aren’t they? They’re as much fun to play with as mac and cheese and soup. Love this version. I love orzo and I can’t resist all of that cheesy goodness.

  25. Eat Drink Pretty — February 23, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    These look delicious! I’m adding this recipe to my meal plan next week. Thanks!

  26. Lori @ RecipeGirl — February 23, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    I’m happy to have a new idea for dinner. This is perfect for me with a big green salad.

  27. Jenny Flake — February 23, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    I need these in my life today, looks great Maria!

  28. Susan — February 23, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    You’re right about tasting the summer! These look so inviting – might have to try them soon!! Thanks!

  29. Parsley Sage — February 23, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    I live in the Cayman Islands were its perpetual summer and I happened to pick up some lovely peppers at the farmers market this week. Thanks for giving me a tasty looking recipe to try tonight!

  30. Fuji Mama — February 23, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    I’m a HUGE fan of stuffed peppers. I’ve never stuffed them with orzo though, and I’m definitely going to have to try it! I love orzo, so you’re combining 2 of my favorite things! YUM. Wait, I have a better idea—how about I just come over and you make me dinner? 😉

  31. Kalynskitchen — February 23, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    I love orzo; never thought of using it for stuffed peppers!

  32. Lana — February 23, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Orzo is one of the favorites in our house and stuffed peppers are very traditional in Serbian cuisine. Thanks for the inspiration – this would be a great light dinner for one of the busy nights:) In dishes like this one, not even my meat-loving husband notices the lack of animal protein:)

  33. Sarah — February 23, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    Sounds yum! I love stuffed peppers – my mom always made them with rice. I am going to try orzo for sure though!

  34. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 23, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    These look so pretty and healthy and perfect for warm spring weather!

  35. kate — February 23, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    I love stuffed pepper, but like the twist by using orzo. I will definitely be trying this soon!

  36. Joanne — February 23, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    I would certainly not be able to control myself around these peppers! The whole one would go straight into my belly all too quickly. Especially with a filling like that!

  37. Cookin' Canuck — February 23, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    We adore stuffed peppers, but sometimes get tired of the rice-stuffed versions. Stuffing them with orzo is a really nice change.

  38. Peggy — February 23, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    I’ve got a box of orzo just sitting in the pantry and this recipe sounds like the perfect way to use it up!

  39. Eliana — February 23, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    I can see why this is one of your faovrites. It loosk delicious :)

  40. Tracy — February 23, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    I’ve never even had orzo before. I’ll had to give it a try in these peppers!

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