Italian Orzo Stuffed Veggies

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Italian Orzo Stuffed Veggies

Adapted by Farmer Dave’s from allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium vegetables (peppers, summer squash or zucchini) halved and seeds removed.
  • 2 medium tomatoes (or one can diced tomatoes)
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 1 pound orzo
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Coat a deep dish casserole with olive oil
  2. In a large pot, boil salted water for orzo; cook until al dente, following package instruction. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  3. In the meantime, cook onion and garlic in a large saucepan with a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of salt over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Heat until soft and golden, about 6 minutes. Remove half of onion, garlic and oil mixture; set aside. Add ground meat to the saucepan. Saute until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat and combine meat with orzo, reserved pasta water, chopped parsley (saving 1 tablespoon for garnishing) and oregano. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Line bottom of casserole dish with tomatoes and top with the remaining half of the onion, garlic and oil saute. Arrange vegetable halves, cut side up, in the tomato sauce. Divide orzo-meat filling between vegetables, and cover dish with foil. Bake until vegetables are tender, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  6. Spoon some of the pan juices and tomatoes on top of each vegetable before serving. Garnish with parsley.