Whole red peppers stuffed with barley and white beans and tomato sauce garnished with chopped parsley in glass baking dish

Easy to please vegan stuffed bell peppers

  • Author: Denise
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Easy to please vegan stuffed bell peppers with quick-cooking barley and white bean filling are baked up to crowd-pleasing nutritious satisfaction.



  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 ½ tsp. oregano
  • 1 tomato, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 1 cup pearl barley, rinsed
  • ¼ (a pinch) of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups white beans (1- 15 oz./400 gm. can)
  • 4 bell peppers, with the tops removed, seeds removed, and the core trimmed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, simmer the onions, carrot, and celery for 5 minutes until the veggies start to soften.
  2. Add the garlic, thyme, and oregano and stir for another 30 seconds.
  3. Mix in the chopped tomato, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, and dry mustard.
  4. Next, add the barley, vegetable broth, cayenne and black pepper. Bring the pot to simmer and cover.
  5. Cook until the liquid is absorbed, and the barley is tender. About 15 minutes.
  6. While the barley cooks, preheat the oven to 4000 F (2000 C) and prepare the peppers by cutting off the stems and cleaning out the core.
  7. When the barley is done, fill the peppers, cover them with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  8. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.


  • We decided that red bell peppers go particularly well with the barley filling however, you can use any color or mix of peppers you choose.
  • If you can’t get barley or want a substitution, quinoa can be used in the same amount and with the same cooking time.
  • Category: Main Courses
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan stuffed red peppers