Open fridge what is there to use and what did she need using up? 1lb of lean hamburger, an open can of tomato paste, 1/2 can of chopped tomatoes, 4 rather sad looking bell peppers.
Stuffed peppers it would be.
I have no pictures of the making of this, as it wasn't until we were ready to put it in the oven that Nancy said "you should blog this". Any way here is what we did
1lb ground beef
1/2 large onion chopped
1 garlic clove finely chopped
1 very large mushroom (you could use several smaller ones or omit altogether)
1/4 cup of rice
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 cup of chopped tomatoes plus 1 small can of tomato juice
1 teaspoon of pepper flakes
A small handful of fresh basil or a teaspoon of dried
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
4 Bell peppers (they don't have to be looking tired but it doesn't hurt)
Put the ground beef in a pot and cook stirring all the time until the meat has lost it's raw look and a lot of the fat has rendered out. Drain off the fat then add the onion, mushroom and garlic, cook stirring often until the onion is opaque.
Add the rice and stir in to the meat for about a minute then add the tomato paste and chopped tomatoes and juice. Normally I would have just added a large can of chopped tomatoes, but there was just a small amount that needed using up and we needed more liquid.
Add the basil pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste, stir to combine.
Cut the top of the bell peppers and scoop out the seeds and membrane place them in a baking dish then stuff with the meat mixture, sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top and pour about 1/2 cup of water in the bottom of the baking dish.
|Ready for the oven|
|Ready to eat|