Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

5 Jan

Can you tell I’m a big fan of soup in the winter? There is something about it that is just so comforting to me when it’s cold out. Not to mention filling, and most of the time pretty healthy!  Don’t worry, I won’t be making this many soups in another 4 months.

Pat and I were at a bar called the Press Box in Sauk City, WI, and they serve a bunch of homemade soups each night. Someone ordered Stuffed Green Pepper soup at around 2 AM on New Year’s Eve, and it smelled sooooo good. Maybe it was the champagne talking, but I decided then and there I was going to make it the next day. Culver’s also has a really yummy version, too!

Pat is not a huge fan of green peppers, but loves red peppers. I’m indifferent, but he says they are sweeter.  Bummer, because at Sentry here they’re obscenely expensive (I’m talking $4.29 a pound expensive). Either way, he agreed that since this soup was stuffed green pepper soup, it should have GREEN peppers, not red. Fair enough, right?

You will need:
2 pounds ground beef
½ medium onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 green peppers, chopped
8 cups water
1 (28 oz) can of tomato sauce
1 (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes, undrained
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tsp beef bouillon granules
3 cups cooked long grain rice
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
Salt, to taste

Brown the beef with the onion and garlic until no longer pink, drain, and add to a large stock pot. Combine all of the remaining ingredients and let it simmer on low (covered) for 30 minutes or so. Try a green pepper, if it’s nice and soft, you’ll know it is done.

I’m totally emphasizing the rice should be COOKED before adding it. I definitely screwed up and put 2 cups of uncooked rice in with everything, and then realized that was a horrible idea. It would’ve sucked up all the liquid and turned to total mush. So, I frantically scooped out as much as I could before it sucked up all the tomato juice! Thankfully I salvaged it. Whew.

I know my mom adds peas to her stuffed peppers, I bet that would be a good addition too!

To make this recipe healthier, you could:
Use brown rice instead of white
Use ground turkey, or very lean ground beef (95/5)
Use no added salt tomato sauce and diced tomatoes
Sub beef bouillon granules for some low sodium beef broth

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