My Neighbors Stuffed Peppers

My new neighbors Becky and Matt are absolutely wonderful.  They are young, hip, kind and an absolute gas to hang around.  I adore their one hundred plus year old house. I think it’s wild that our house closing date is the same. They moved in last year. I can’t wait to celebrate the love for our homes a year from now.  I also love how synchronistic it is that Matt’s birthday and namesake is the same as my son. They think I am a hippie. When they shared that with me  — it totally cracked me up!!

One really can’t choose your neighors.  I feel that I am very lucky that I have them for mine! 

When I first moved in Becky dropped off her famous stuffed peppers. 

They are truly the best I have ever had!  A few nights ago I made them. I didn’t grow up with stuffed peppers, my mom never made them.  Most of the stuffed peppers I have tried over the years have been rather ordinary.

These were not ordinary.

The secret in my opinion to her recipe is the undercooked orzo – what a cool idea!!  Also chicken broth.

I didn’t follow her exact recipe as I didn’t have all that was needed. 

Here was my version:

I made my standard spaghetti sauce.  I used for the first time a chicken sweet italian sausage. Very yummy.  My sauce is basically lots of sweet onion, garlic. I used a large can of fire roasted organic tomato with some dried basil, oregano and fresh pepper. My sauce isn’t thick so it parallels the sauce Becky typically makes for this recipe.

I then made a quick cook mixture of couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, and red quinoa that I get from Trader Joe’s.  I cooked this in chicken broth – the directions said simmer for ten minutes, I simmered it for eight. What this does is make a really specific texture for the grain – it’s not mushy.  It’s perfect!!

I then mixed the grain mixture with my sauce, parmesan cheese and shredded zuchinni and then stuff the peppers.  I added chicken stock to the bottom of the baking dish, covered tighly and baked for 45 minutes. 


I made one batch of grain.  Mixed with the sauce etc  — it made two large stuffed peppers and enough filling to freeze for another time.

red pepper flickr image credit

Thank you Becky!!

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4 Responses to My Neighbors Stuffed Peppers

  1. I LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER!!!! The pepper recipe sounds yummy… wish I could eat it. So glad you are enjoying your new home and neighborhood! You deserve to enjoy an abundant harvest of happiness and peacefulness! Sheila

  2. Karen Hanrahan says:

    Thank you my dear Sheila !!

  3. Becky says:

    Karen, I will have to try your version of my peppers! Looks awesome! Thanks for the shout out!Becky 🙂

  4. Karen Hanrahan says:

      I hope you like it …still can’t beat the original “yours” or the neighborly gesture!! You’re very welcome.

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