Stuffed Pepper Casserole

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Super easy weeknight meal. Something about winter makes me want to cook casseroles several times a week so look for more casseroles coming soon! 🙂 This one is delicious and easy. Think of a deconstructed stuffed bell pepper.

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1 lb ground beef (I used 90/10)
2 med bell peppers, chopped – can used any color! I like yellow and red
1/2 medium onion or 1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves minced garlic or to taste
2 cups cooked rice (can use brown, jasmine or any rice you prefer really!)
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1/4 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1/2 to 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook meat until almost completely browned. Drain. Place beef back in pan and add peppers, onion powder, and minced garlic. Cook over medium-low heat until beef in completely cooked and peppers begin to turn tender. In a large mixing bowl combine the meat, onion, and pepper mixture with the cooked rice, Italian seasoning, and sauce. Mix well. Pour into 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until heated through and cheese begins to brown. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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