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October 2019: Slow Cooker Pizza Stuffed Pepper


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Slow Cooker Pizza Stuffed Peppers

 

 pizza stuffed pepper

Submitted By:  Joe Immordino

 

 

Ingredients

6 small bell peppers

3/4 cup dried orzo

8 ounces Italian sausage

1/2 cup chopped red onion

14 ounces pizza sauce

1/2 cup mini pepperoni

2 1/2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese

 

 

Instructions

  1. Cut the top off each bell pepper and remove the stems and seeds. Fit the peppers down into slow cooker.
  2. Place a medium pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil for the pasta. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  3. Meanwhile brown the sausage in a skillet and break apart with a wooden spoon. Once browned add in the chopped onion and sauté another 2-3 minutes. Add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet, followed by the pizza sauce. Stir in 1 cup shredded cheese, then spoon the mixture into the empty peppers.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and turn on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
  5. Once the peppers are soft, sprinkle the remaining cheese over the tops and arrange the mini pepperonis over the piles of cheese. Cover again, and slow cook another 15-20 minutes. Serve warm!