Stuffed Green Peppers

Stuffed Green Peppers
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3
  2. cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
  3. 2/3
  4. cup water
  5. 4
  6. large green bell peppers
  7. 1
  8. lb. lean ground beef
  9. 1/4
  10. cup chopped celery
  11. 2
  12. tablespoons chopped onion
  13. 1/2
  14. teaspoon salt
  15. Dash
  16. pepper
  17. 1/4
  18. cup ketchup
  19. 1
  20. medium tomato, chopped
  21. 1
  22. (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  23. 1
  24. teaspoon sugar
  25. 1/4
  26. teaspoon dried basil leaves
  27. 1
  28. oz. (1/4 cup) shredded Cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook rice in water as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Cut tops from bell peppers; remove membrane and seeds. In large saucepan, bring enough water to cover peppers to a boil. Add peppers; cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Drain; set peppers aside.
  3. In large skillet, combine ground beef, celery and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.
  4. Add cooked rice, salt, pepper, ketchup and tomato; mix well. Spoon mixture into peppers. Place peppers in ungreased shallow baking pan.
  5. In small bowl, combine tomato sauce, sugar and basil; mix well. Spoon half of sauce over peppers.
  6. Bake at 350°F. for 30 to 40 minutes or until peppers are tender, spooning remaining sauce over peppers and sprinkling with cheese during last 5 minutes of baking.
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