Vegetarian Barley-Stuffed Peppers

You'll definitely get a full serving of veggies when you make these stuffed peppers for dinner. Zucchini, tomato, and mushrooms all play a role in the stuffing, so dinner is delicious and nutritious!

vegetarian barley-stuffed peppers
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
22 mins
Total Time:
47 mins


  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 1 cup water

  • cup quick-cooking barley

  • ½ of a vegetable bouillon cube

  • 2 large red, yellow, and/or green sweet peppers

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 3/4 cup)

  • ¾ cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)

  • ½ cup shredded zucchini

  • cup soft bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon onion salt

  • Several dashes bottled hot pepper sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium saucepan combine mushrooms, the water, barley, and bouillon cube. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until barley is tender; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, halve sweet peppers lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes. If desired, precook peppers in boiling water for 3 minutes. Invert onto paper towels to drain.

  3. In a medium bowl combine egg, tomato, 1/2 cup of the cheese, the zucchini, bread crumbs, basil, rosemary, onion salt, and hot pepper sauce. Stir in cooked barley mixture. Place peppers, cut sides up, in an ungreased 2-quart baking dish. Spoon barley mixture into peppers.

  4. Bake, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until barley mixture is heated through. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 2 minutes more or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
5g Fat
33g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 514mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Protein 13g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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