Slow-Cooker Italian Sausage and Farro Stuffed Peppers

Slow-Cooker Italian Sausage and Farro Stuffed Peppers

Try this Italian twist on stuffed peppers using farro and turkey sausage.

 

  • Prep Time : 40 MIN
  • Total Time : 4 HR 40 MIN
  • Servings : 4

Ingredients

4  large red, orange or yellow bell peppers (7 to 8 oz each)
12  oz sweet Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed (3 links)
1/2  teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1  cup diced onion
4  cloves garlic, crushed
1  small zucchini, grated (1 cup)
2  tablespoons tomato paste
1/2  teaspoon pepper
1/4  teaspoon salt
2  cups fresh baby spinach
3/4  cup uncooked pearled farro
3  tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1  tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
3/4  cup shredded Italian cheese blend (3 oz)
 

Directions

  • 1) Cut 1/2 inch off top stem end of each bell pepper. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse peppers. Remove stems, and chop any bell pepper from tops (about 1 1/2 cups); set aside.
  • 2) In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage and crushed red pepper over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. Remove to large bowl; set aside.
  • 3) In same skillet over medium heat, add onion and garlic; cook and stir about 3 minutes. Add chopped bell pepper; cook 2 minutes. Add zucchini; cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, pepper and salt. Stir in spinach; cook until wilted. Remove from heat.
  • 4) Add farro to sausage in bowl; mix to combine. Add onion mixture; mix well. Gently stir in 2 tablespoons of the basil, the oregano and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese. Divide farro mixture evenly among peppers.
  • 5) Pour 1/3 cup water in 5- to 6-quart oval slow cooker. Place stuffed peppers upright in slow cooker, leaning against each other and the slow cooker to prevent them from falling over.
  • 6) Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 5 hours or until peppers and farro are desired tenderness. Sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over tops of peppers. Cover; let stand 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Using tongs and slotted spoon, remove peppers to serving plates. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon basil.

 

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