Italian Style Tuna and Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Delicate orzo and yellowfin tuna baked in sweet bell peppers - A delicious Italian-style twist on an American classic! 

Serves 8 Ingredients: 2 cans (4.5 oz.) Bella Portofino Albacore Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, chunked (not drained) 8 bell peppers, mixed colors 4 cups cooked orzo pasta 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 cup diced onion 1 tsp. minced garlic 2 cups small dice zucchini 1 cup diced red pepper 1 cup diced orange pepper 1 tsp. dry basil ½ tsp. dry oregano ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes ¼ tsp. salt 1, 8oz. can tomato sauce ½ cup shredded Italian cheese blendInstructions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice peppers in half and clean out the center.  Place pepper halves in 2, 13 x 9 pans with a ½ cup of water in each. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan and sauté onion and garlic over medium heat until just softened.  Add zucchini and chopped bell peppers and continue to cook until they are just soft. Place orzo in a large bowl.  Mix in zucchini and pepper mixture and combine well.  Add herbs and tomato sauce and tuna and mix well. Divide mixture between the pepper halves.  Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, covered with foil.  Remove foil and top with shredded cheese. 
Italian Style Tuna and Orzo Stuffed Peppers | Bella Portofino

Italian Style Tuna and Orzo Stuffed Peppers

SERVINGS: 8 | PREP TIME: 20 minutes | COOK TIME: 30 minutes

Delicate orzo and yellowfin tuna baked in sweet bell peppers - A delicious Italian-style twist on an American classic! 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (4.5 oz.) Bella Portofino Albacore Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, chunked (not drained)
  • 8 bell peppers, mixed colors
  • 4 cups cooked orzo pasta
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 cups small dice zucchini
  • 1 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 cup diced orange pepper
  • 1 tsp. dry basil
  • ½ tsp. dry oregano
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1, 8oz. can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup shredded Italian cheese blend

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice peppers in half and clean out the center.  Place pepper halves in 2, 13 x 9 pans with a ½ cup of water in each.
  3. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan and sauté onion and garlic over medium heat until just softened.  Add zucchini and chopped bell peppers and continue to cook until they are just soft.
  4. Place orzo in a large bowl.  Mix in zucchini and pepper mixture and combine well. 
  5. Add herbs and tomato sauce and tuna and mix well.
  6. Divide mixture between the pepper halves.  Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, covered with foil.  Remove foil and top with shredded cheese. 

Cooks Tip:  Split peppers into 2 separate pans.  Prior to cooking, wrap one pan with plastic wrap and freeze for cooking later!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Italian Style Tuna and Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Serving Size: 2 pepper halves (376g)

Servings: 8

Nutritional InfoAmount/Serving% DV*
Calories310
Calories from Fat45
Total Fat5g8%
Saturated Fat1.5g8%
Trans Fat0g
Cholesterol15mg5%
Sodium370mg15%
Total Carbohydrate50g17%
Dietary Fiber5g20%
Sugars11g
Protein19g
Vitamin A70%
Vitamin C100%
Calcium10%
Iron15%