Good friends, good food

It’s funny how food can connect you to a memory.

A few years back, I was newly pregnant with my first baby. I was sick as a dog, and my husband was out of town. It had been a rough week for me.

A good friend of mine invited me to dinner. I sat in her kitchen as she cooked me a meal, and then I sat down to eat with her and her daughter.

The food was delicious, and the home-cooked meal sat well on my queasy stomach.

What I remember even more about that night, though, is the way it made me feel. That was the first time anyone but my own momma had cooked a meal just for me. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy. It made me feel loved.

I asked her for the recipe, and to this day it’s a dish I still make. In fact, it’s a favorite of my hubby.

Over the years, I’ve changed it up a lot. At this point, the dish I make barely resembles the one my dear friend made for me that night. Still, every time I make it, I picture her chatting me up as she stood over her stove, and I feel loved.

Do you have a dish that makes you feel warm and fuzzy? I’d love to hear about it! Share it in the comment section below. :-)


So here it is, my version of Kelly’s dish, Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole. It’s as delicious as stuffed peppers, but much easier to throw together.

Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 ½ cups cooked white rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 (29-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 (14-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans corn, drained
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat your oven to 350.

Brown the beef in a large pan, drain and set aside.

Add oil to the pan you used for your beef. Cook peppers and onions in oil until they begin to get tender.

Add beef back in, along with diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir well.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add in rice and mix well.

Transfer mixture to a 13×9 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly.


Remove from oven. Sprinkle cheese over dish and bake for another five minutes, or until the cheese is melted.


Let stand five minutes before serving.


*Note: This recipe makes a ton! If it’s just my family, I’ll sometimes bake half of the mixture, and freeze the other half for another night. It does make wonderful leftovers if you make it all!


 Enjoy! :-)

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Comments: 14

  1. Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom 5 September, 2012 at 3:12 pm Reply

    Yum, I LOVE stuffed peppers but I never make them because of the extra 10 minutes it takes HA! Definitely making this soon and freezing half like you suggested, cooking once and eating twice (or more with leftovers) is totally my thing. Just started a new link party if you’d like to share, new follower!

  2. Klab 6 September, 2012 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Love it! I have a fabulous Cabbage roll casserole that eliminates the need to roll but has all the flavor of cabbage rolls. This looks like a stuffed green pepper recipe less the hassles. LOvE it :-) . I’m trying this tomorrow

    • admin 6 September, 2012 at 10:23 pm Reply

      Thanks! Your recipe sounds fabulous! Cabbage rolls are so good but such a pain to make! Let me know how this turns out for you. :-)

  3. Klab 6 September, 2012 at 11:02 pm Reply

    Here’s the recipe for the cabbage casserole. It’s sooo…good!
    *3 bags of pre shredded cabbage. Colesaw bags with carrots and other veggies are fine.
    *1.5 lbs browned ground beef or mix of beef and Italian sausage along with one large sweet onion, seasoned with plenty of garlic powder, black pepper and some salt. (this will also season the cabbage, the rice and the tomato sauce so don’t hold back)
    *3 8oz cans of tomato sauce.
    *half a cup of uncooked regular rice (not instant). Mix it into the browned meat and onion mixture.
    *5-6 slices of bacon. Either the pre cooked stuff, not heated, or make your own but not well done. Chop or crumble.

    1. Spray a casserole dish with Pam. Spread 1 can of tomato sauce on the bottom. Add the first bag of shredded cabbage.
    2. Add half the meat/onion/rice mixture. Add half of the crumbled bacon.
    3. Top with the second can of tomato sauce.
    4. Add the second bag of cabbage.
    5. Add the remaining meat/onion/rice mixture
    6. Top with the last bag of cabbage and top that with the last can of tomato sauce.

    Cover tightly with foil
    Bake at 375 for 45 min.
    reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 45 min.


    • admin 6 September, 2012 at 11:32 pm Reply

      Thanks so much! I’m definitely going to try this!

  4. lisaatblessedwithgrace 8 September, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply

    That really does look great and exactly something my family would LOVE! Isn’t it great to have friends cook for you and feed you “Love”. Thanks for sharing the recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

  5. Sheryl 11 September, 2012 at 6:15 am Reply

    Thanks for your kind words on Facebook. I try to promote as many posts as I can on Cast Party Wednesday in hopes that my party participants will get as much traffic as possible. I just highlighted your yummy recipe on Facebook! Thanks for coming to Cast Party Wednesday! :)

    • admin 11 September, 2012 at 6:29 am Reply

      Oh my goodness – you just made my night! Thanks so much! :-)


  7. Kelly Wells {Adorned Well} 14 December, 2012 at 7:06 pm Reply

    Such a sweet friend! And the recipe looks delicious also. Thank you for sharing your recipe on Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party! Please remember to link your recipe back to Thanks!

    • admin 15 December, 2012 at 7:37 pm Reply

      Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for stopping by! I have created a Link Party page on my site. I’m sorry it was late going up – I was working on it yesterday and got sidetracked.

  8. Erica 18 January, 2013 at 6:54 pm Reply

    Wow, this looks really good! I love peppers!

  9. myturnforus 10 February, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Oh Sweetie, just the pictures make me warm and fuzzy:) Yes, this is comfort food!! Pinned!

    Thank you for sharing at my FB 1000 fans party!!

    Also I would love to invite you to Lets Get Social Sunday (if you are not already there:)

  10. Mari 22 April, 2013 at 12:20 pm Reply

    Made this from version in All You. Super tasty but super saucy. I only used 2 cans of tomato sauce but will try 1 next time. Will make for friends after a new baby too. Thanks!

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