Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuffed Pepper Soup is a hearty, flavorful dish that combines the rich and comforting tastes of classic stuffed peppers with the warmth and ease of a soup. This dish starts with a base of diced bell peppers, typically a mix of colors like green, red, and yellow, each contributing its own sweet and slightly tangy flavor. These are sautéed with onions and garlic until tender, releasing a fragrant aroma that sets the stage for the rest of the soup.

Ground beef or turkey is then browned with the vegetables, adding a savory depth to the dish. For a vegetarian version, plant-based ground substitutes or lentils can be used. The meat and vegetables are seasoned with a blend of spices including paprika, oregano, and a touch of cumin, evoking the classic flavors found in stuffed peppers.

Tomatoes are an essential component, with diced tomatoes and tomato sauce incorporated to create a rich, robust broth. Some recipes also include a small amount of broth or stock, either chicken, beef, or vegetable, to adjust the consistency and enhance the flavor. The soup is brought to a gentle simmer, allowing the flavors to meld together beautifully.

Rice is a key ingredient, hearkening back to the traditional stuffed pepper filling. It can be pre-cooked and added towards the end of cooking to maintain texture, or uncooked rice can be simmered in the soup until tender. The rice absorbs the flavors of the broth, becoming a satisfying addition that thickens the soup slightly.

Before serving, the soup is often seasoned with salt and pepper to taste, and might be finished with a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley for color and freshness. Some variations include a touch of cheese, such as shredded cheddar or mozzarella, melted into the soup or sprinkled on top for a creamy, indulgent finish.

Stuffed Pepper Soup is typically served hot, often accompanied by crusty bread or a simple green salad. It’s a versatile dish, adaptable to various dietary preferences and perfect for a comforting meal on a chilly day. The soup captures all the familiar flavors of stuffed peppers but in a form that’s easier to prepare and equally satisfying, making it a beloved recipe in many households.

Ingredients

1/2 lb. Italian sausage
1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion finely chopped
1 green pepper finely chopped
1 red pepper finely chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
4 cups low sodium beef broth
2 cups low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 can (14.5 ounce) salsa style tomatoes
3/4 cup uncooked quick cooking rice (I use the jasmine)
kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

In heavy stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat brown the Italian sausage and ground beef; breaking up as you go.
About halfway through the browning process add the onions and bell peppers; stirring several times. In the last minute of browning time reduce heat to medium low and add minced garlic; stirring constantly. Drain any excess grease.
Add beef broth, chicken broth and salsa style tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the peppers just begin to soften.
Add the rice and stir to coat. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until rice is tender. For best results serve promptly. Season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Enjoy !

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