Rice and Bean Stuffed Peppers with Basil cream sauce

Stuffed Peppers is a dish that can be very versatile.This recipe is perfect for vegetarians, as well as for meat lovers, just add meat(preferably chicken).Ingredients for filling:
2 cups brown or white rice
1 can Northern beans
2 cups baby spinach chopped
3 garlic cloves chopped
2 tbsp. sun dried tomatoes
1 tbsp. fresh basil chopped
2 tbsp. parsley chopped
1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
3 tbsp. crumbled feta cheese
2-3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
6-8 bell peppers sliced in half and seeds removed
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
boiling hot water

Sauce:

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

5-6 basil leaves chopped
1/2 cup (about 4oz.) creme fraiche
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. water
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt,plus extra as needed
1/4 tsp.freshly ground pepper

Directions: 
Cook rice.

Place peppers in a large pot and cover with boiling hot water. Let stand for about 5 minutes then remove from water.

In a large mixing bowl combine rice,beans,spinach, feta cheese,Parmesan cheese,sun dried tomatoes,olive oil,garlic,parsley,basil,and broth.Season with salt and pepper.

Stuff peppers with rice and bean filling and put them in a deep baking dish.

Fill the baking dish with about 3/4-inch water or broth.

Bake for 30 min. in a 400 degree oven.

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and bake for another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Sauce:
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

Arrange peppers on serving plates. Spoon the sauce on the peppers and serve.

Comments

  1. this looks delish! Hugs

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