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Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Easy Stuffed Peppers

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Looking for a flavorful and colorful dinner that is also quick and easy? Look no further than this recipe for Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Easy Stuffed Peppers.

With orange and yellow peppers filled with Italian sausage and orzo, this recipe is amazingly delicious and pretty to look at! And thanks to the Instant Pot, it cooks in a jiffy, making it perfect for busy weeknight dinners.

close up of 2 yellow and 2 orange finished peppers for Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Easy Stuffed Peppers in white casserole sitting in silver trivet

These Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Easy Stuffed Peppers are made in an Instant Pot, which makes every dish so much quicker and easier! 

It only takes 10 minutes for this recipe to cook, so you'll get a delicious dinner on the table in a flash. That is truly something to love at the end of a crazy busy day.

Why You Will Love Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers

  • Instant Pot Recipe
  • Easy
  • Versatile In Filling used
  • 10 Minute Recipe
  • Quick Prep
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Approved

Definitely not your mama's stuffed peppers!

Ingredients Needed

  • Bell Peppers
  • Orzo Pasta
  • Hot Italian Sausage
  • Onion
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Water
Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Easy Stuffed Peppers on white plate sitting on blue towel with instant pot in background

How to Make 

Full directions for this recipe are in the printable recipe card below. This is a quick overview of how to make the peppers.

Step #1: Turn the Instant Pot on to sauté mode and brown the Italian sausage with the chopped onion. Remove from pot when done and mix together with the orzo pasta, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Step #2: Remove the tops from the peppers, and take out the membranes and seeds. Stuff the peppers with the orzo and sausage filling.

looking down into instant pot at sauteed Italian sausage and onion for Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Easy Stuffed Peppers with white bowl to the right with tomatoes, cheese and orzo in it with blue and white striped towel behind

Step #3: Add 2 cups of water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot.

Step #4: Place the stuffed peppers in a casserole dish that will fit inside the Instant Pot. Put the casserole dish on top of the trivet in the Instant Pot.

white bowl with 2 yellow and 2 orange filled peppers for Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Easy Stuffed Peppers in white casserole bowl ready to be cooked with instant pot to the right and blue and white towel behind

Step #5: Close the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the valve to sealing. Then you will plug in your Instant Pot.

Step #6: Set a manual high-pressure time for 10 minutes. Allow it to cook and then the pressure cooker will beep when done.

Step #8: Remove from Instant Pot and serve. Enjoy!

Storage

Not sure how to store stuffed bell peppers? Simply allow the stuffed peppers to cool a bit then store in an airtight container.

The peppers will refrigerate for up to three days. The pepper will soften a bit more. Then when you want to reheat do the microwave or warm the peppers up in the oven.

What to Serve With Stuffed Peppers

Looking for recipes to serve along the Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Easy Stuffed Peppers to make is a meal? Check out the suggestions below.

Love a salad alongside your entrée? Try this awesome recipe for Italian Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing.

I know people that don't feel the meal is complete without some type of rice or potato. If you are one of those people, try this delicious Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe!

And, of course, no meal is complete without a mouth-watering dessert. Some people might even say it is the best part! Try this amazing rice pudding recipe and you'll have dessert for a couple of days!

Variations To Recipe

  • Swap the Italian Sausage with ground beef. Just cook up brown the ground beef in the Instant Pot on the saute feature. Great ground beef stuffed peppers recipe.
  • Make this a ground chicken stuffed peppers. Or you can even dice up some cooked chicken and use that instead of ground chicken.
  • Swap mozzarella with provolone or another variety of cheese.
  • Swap out the diced tomatoes with a can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles for added flavor.

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Recipe FAQs

Helpful tips for making stuffed green peppers for dinner!

How long to cook stuffed peppers?

You will pressure cook the stuffed peppers for 10 minutes followed by 4 minutes of natural release before you push off the excess pressure.

Can I make stuffed peppers in advance?

You can prep the peppers in advance, just place your peppers in the fridge. Then when you want to cook them, just place in the Instant Pot and then pressure cook the same amount of time.

Can I use any color of bell pepper for stuffed peppers?

You are welcome to use any color of bell peppers you would like. The yellow, red, and orange are a sweeter flavor than the green pepper.

How to cook orzo?

I like to do 1 cup orzo to 2 cups broth or water. Add 2 tablespoons butter and melt in a pan. Toss in the orzo and toast it. Add in your liquid, bring it to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to simmer and cover. Allow the orzo to cook for around 15-20 minutes.

Is orzo rice or pasta?

Orzo is pasta that is shaped like rice. You will find it has more of a texture to pasta, but the look of rice.

Is orzo gluten free?

Orzo is not gluten free. You will find it uses classic flour when made. You can use rice as an orzo substitute if you need a gluten-free option.

Yield: 4-6 Servings

Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Easy Stuffed Peppers

stuffed peppers with orzo

These Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Easy Stuffed Peppers are amazingly delicious and pretty to look at!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 large bell peppers, any color
  • 1 ½ cups prepared orzo pasta
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot on to sauté mode and brown the Italian Sausage with the chopped onion. Remove from pot when done and mix together with the orzo pasta, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
  2. Remove the tops from the peppers, and remove the membranes and seeds. Stuff peppers with the orzo/sausage filling.
  3. Add 2 cups of water to the inner pot.
  4. Place the stuffed peppers in a casserole dish that will fit in the Instant Pot. Put the casserole dish on top of the trivet in the Instant Pot.
  5. Close the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the valve to sealing.
  6. Set a manual high-pressure time for 10 minutes.
  7. Do a natural release for 4 minutes to let out the pressure slowly, and finish with a quick release.
  8. Remove from pot and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 651Total Fat 38gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 26gCholesterol 86mgSodium 1113mgCarbohydrates 42gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 3gSugar 9gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 35g

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