These Instant Pot Stuffed Bell Peppers are filled with a savoury meat, spices and a rich marinara sauce and then topped with melted cheese.
This hearty Italian-style dish is made in under 30 minutes which is the way I like to cook fast! I have the 6 quart Instant Pot and was able to cook 4 large stuffed peppers at one time.
What makes this recipe so easy is that you don't have to pre cook or brown your meat stuffing. Just mix all your ingredients and fill your peppers.
4 Large Bell Peppers, tops and seeds removed
1 Package of Chicken Chop Meat - You can use turkey chop meat, beef or pork....the stuffing ideas are endless so use what you love
2 Garlic Cloves Minced
3 tablespoons of tomato sauce...I used Rao's from the jar
½ teaspoon of Sea Salt
¼ teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
½ tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
½ teaspoon of Onion Powder
Step 1 - Using a fork or toothpick pierce small holes into the bottoms of the peppers to allow excess fat from the meat to drain. Set aside
Step 2 - In a large mixing bowl combine the chop meat, egg, garlic, tomato sauce, sea salt, black pepper, Italian Seasoning, and onion powder and mix thoroughly to combine
Step 3 - Stuff each Bell Pepper with the meat mixture, filling each pepper nearly to the top
Step 4 - Place the Steam Rack in the Inner Pot of your Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water. Place stuffed peppers bottom-side-down on the rack. Pour tomato sauce over the top of each pepper
Step 5 - Cover, lock the lid, and flip the steam release handle to the sealing position. Select Pressure Cook and set the cook time for 26 minutes
Step 6 - When the cook time is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure
Step 7 - Open the lid and top each pepper with some shredded mozzarella. Replace the lid, select stay warm, and set timer for 2 minutes to melt the cheese
Step 8 - Open the lid and use a large spoon and tongs to carefully transfer the peppers to a large serving platter
They come out super juicy and tender so be careful when you are transferring from the pot to the plate as they can break easily.
They look so beautiful on the plate for your dinner presentation. I added some Banza Chickpea Pasta to accompany the meal. You could make this a full Vegan meal if you swap the meat stuffing for a rice stuffing which I may try next. Hope you enjoy!!Print
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