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A light, yet filling weeknight dinner, these Turkey, Farro and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers are filled to the brim with lean seasoned ground turkey, nutty farro, earthy mushrooms and plenty of parmesan- then finished with thin slices of fresh mozzarella.

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I’m a firm believe that you can stuff a pepper with pretty much anything you want. So for this recipe, I went ahead and stuffed them with seasoned lean ground turkey, baby bella mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, farro, and parmesan cheese.

To up the flavor ante, I broiled the peppers prior to stuffing them, and topped each pepper with a slice of super fresh mozzarella cheese. Broiling the peppers first also makes for a great texture, and reduces the time on the oven when you stuff them.

I love it when a plan comes together: the beauty of time management in the kitchen.

This recipe comes together pretty quickly, as you can simultaneously work on the ingredients to get everything ready faster.

To make these Turkey, Farro and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers, you’ll start by getting your farro cooking, then pop the peppers under the broiler, and then get started on the filling. By the time your peppers are broiled, you’ll be nearly finished cooking the grains/filling- giving the peppers just enough time to rest and cool enough to be filled. It’s all about timing and prep when you’re trying to get dinner on the table quickly.

Turkey Farro Stuffed Peppers

What is Farro?

Farro is an ancient grain, loaded with vitamins and nutty flavor. It has a super satisfying chew, and has really become a staple of my pantry in the last few years.

I like to use the semi-pearled variety, as it is significantly easier to cook. I usually pick mine up when I stock up at Trader Joe’s, but I’ve also gotten great Farro from Whole Foods and Amazon.

Turkey, Farro and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup farro or barley*
  • 4 medium bell peppers, sliced in half lengthwise, seeds and whites removed
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, rough chopped into smaller 1/4" pieces
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella (ball), divided into 8 thin slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry basil
  • 1/4 tsp dry thyme
  • fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  • Get your farro or barley cooking– To a small saucepan, add 2 cups of water with one chicken bouillon packet or cube and bring to a boil. Add farro or barley, reduce heat to low, cover and cook 25-30 minutes, or until grain is soft, and most of the liquid is evaporated.
    2. While your farro or barley cooks, broil your peppers. Spray a broiler safe baking dish with cooking spray and pan broil the peppers on high, cut side down for 15 minutes (checking occasionally to avoid burning), or until well-charred/browned. Once broiled, flip peppers over and allow to cool enough to handle before filling. Once peppers are broiled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
    3. While your peppers are broiling and your farro or barley is cooking, start the filling. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat and add turkey. Salt and pepper to taste, and continue to cook, breaking the meat up as you go with a wooden spoon or spatula, until all meat is cooked through, about 3 minutes .Reduce heat to medium-low, add chopped mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally until mushrooms are reduced in size and most of the liquid evaporates, about 5 mins. Reduce heat to low and add garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, dry basil and dry thyme, and stir to combine. Turn off heat and add one cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese and hot cooked farro or barley, and toss to combine.
    4. Fill the peppers with the farro/turkey mixture, top each pepper with a slice of mozzarella and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
    5. Optional (but yummy!): Broil finished peppers for 1-2 mins to brown the cheese. Serve hot, and top with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

Notes/Substitutions:

Farro has a great, nutty flavor to it, which really adds great flavor to this dish, but barley also works really well for these!

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