Stuffed green peppers make a great casserole but take time and no small effort to assemble.
Here’s an easier spin that tastes just as great you can get this recipe together in far less time.
For years I have been eating at a little Italian restaurant located less than a mile from my office.
They offer interesting twists on traditional Italian recipes and offered a great lunch buffet during the week.
Every Tuesday, their soup-of-the-day was stuffed green pepper soup. This soup was very hearty, tasty and I ordered it every Tuesday I went there. While I had asked more than once for the recipe, they were not willing to part with the family secret recipe.
As you might guess, I went on my own quest to try to recreate this stuffed green pepper soup recipe so I could make it at home and believe me, I ate a lot of soup before I got it right.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given this recipe out to friends, family and co-workers who enjoy it as much as I do.
The ingredients are simple, it’s super easy to make and you can eat it as a meal because it’s filling and satisfying. The recipe is below and I hope you enjoy it. While it may not be for everyone, you can certainly take it and put your own spin on it.
Stuffed Green Peppers Have Health Benefits Too!
Green peppers are not the prime ingredient in this soup but they do add that unique flavor. Did you know that bell peppers have health benefits?
As an underrated, not often researched vegetable, they are reported to be an excellent source of vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta carotene, and folic acid.
What surprised me is that a bell pepper has over 2 times the amount of Vitamin C than a typical orange!
Bell peppers reportedly also have properties that may promote healthy blood circulation, strengthen your heart, your arteries and nerves; they may reduce the risk of flu, eliminate pain, help relieve your rheumatoid arthritis and even boost your eyesight.
The fiber in green peppers also may help prevent the onset of cancer of the colon. The riper the pepper, the better the benefit.
The tomatoes in this stuffed green pepper soup recipe contain lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant and cancer fighter. Tomatoes also benefit eye sight, diabetes, low hypertension and urinary tract problems and even skin infections.
You probably already know brown rice comes with health benefits. Brown rice is low in fat, high in good dietary fiber, has low calories and no cholesterol.
Overall, this stuffed green pepper soup recipe goes together fast, tastes great, is good for you and will actually stay with you keeping you fuller longer.
- 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
- 2 cans diced tomatoes, unseasoned with juice (14.5 ounce)
- 2 cans beef broth (99% fat free, 14.5 ounce)
- 1 can tomato sauce (14.5 ounce)
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ medium yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- 1 large or 2 small green peppers cut in ½ inch pieces
- 2 cups brown rice, cooked
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- Brown ground beef in olive oil in a dutch oven or stock pot.
- Add beef broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, allspice, green pepper, onion and garlic.
- DO NOT saute or sweat onions, garlic and green pepper. Add raw after beef is browned.
- Cook brown rice per package directions and drain.
- Add cooked rice to soup and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
- Add dark brown sugar to soup after simmering and before serving.
- Dark brown sugar is a key ingredient so don't forget it!