Zucchini Orzo Stuffed Peppers

I have to admit I have never made stuffed peppers before. I know crazy, right?

Zucchini Orzo Stuffed Peppers

My garden is exploding with peppers right now! So I figured this was my perfect chance to give stuffed peppers a try. That and I haven’t been to the grocery store in over a week which left me with slim pickings.

Zucchini Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Luckily, I had some sausage in the freezer, a little bit of orzo in the pantry, and my mother in law just gave me a beautiful zucchini from her garden.

Zucchini Orzo Stuffed Peppers

So out to the garden I went to pick these beauties. Mine are all still green, but you can use any color pepper you like.

Zucchini Orzo Stuffed Peppers


  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup orzo, cooked
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • 5-6 peppers, tops cut off and seeds removed
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium to high heat.  
  3. Remove casings from sausage and add to heated skillet. Crumble sausage with a wooden spoon and cook until no longer pink. About 6 minutes.  Remove from skillet and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet at 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add zucchini and onions and sauté for 4 minutes. Add minced garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato, cooked orzo, sausage, and 3/4 cup of tomato sauce. Stir until heated through, about 5 minutes.  
  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cleaned peppers to the pot and boil for about 3 minutes.  
  6. Coat the bottom of a baking dish with about 1/2 cup of tomato sauce. Place peppers in dish and add the zucchini and orzo mixture. If peppers are not standing straight, simply cut a little off the bottom to help them stand up.  
  7. Top with remaining sauce and cheese. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nice and bubbly and brown.


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