Of course, after all that picture taking, one works up an appetite! If you've been following me at all, you should know by now, I love carbs. I love PASTA. However, it loves me too...and so, keeping portion control in mind... I wanted to incorporate pasta...veggies - but in a way that will quench my craving for pasta. Orzo Stuffed Peppers..... YUM YUM! (recipe below)
|Orzo Stuffed Peppers|
Of course, after we returned to the cabin, the sleds were fired up, and away we went - who could resist such a beautiful afternoon out on the sleds!! Which of course, works up an appetite (well it does for me anyways...all that fresh air!)
Orzo Stuffed Peppers
- 1 cup favorite pasta sauce
- 1 small container Ricotta Cheese
- 1 lb ground sausage (I used Johnstonville's HOT Italian sausage)
- 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
- 2 cloves garlic pressed
- salt / pepper to taste
- 4 sweet bell peppers (red or yellow)
- 1 cup Orzo Pasta
- 2 cups chicken broth
- In a saucepan, heat chicken broth until boiling, and then pour in Orzo Pasta, stirring frequently so it does not stick. Cook until almost done, 3-5 mins.
-Using a strainer, and reserving chicken broth, put semi-cooked Orzo into a medium sized bowl
- Cook ground sausage in frying pan over medium-high heat. Break apart as best as possible.
-Once sausage is cooked, add in garlic and chopped spinach, salt/pepper and stir frequently until spinach is wilted.
-Once spinach is wilted, mix in meat/spinach mixture, ricotta cheese, pasta sauce into the orzo.
-Hull out peppers, and cut a thin layer off bottom of pepper if needed so they can stand up straight. ( I used a glass pie plate to cook peppers in. )
- Stuff the hulled out peppers with the Orzo mixture, and place in pie plate. Pour 1/2 cup of the reserved, hot chicken broth into the bottom of the pan.
-Wrap tightly with tin foil, and bake in a pre-heated oven for about 45 mins @ 425F
-Remove foil, and turn on your broiler on high, until the peppers start to blister.
-Carefully remove peppers from oven - and enjoy!! Careful - filling is HOT!