Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup
Stuffed peppers but in soup form. A total winner.
It’s easy, hearty, and packed with flavor. After browning ground beef, onions, red and green peppers, and garlic on the stove, transfer everything to your slow cooker where it simmers away in a tomatoey broth.
The recipe comes from Gina Hmolka who blogs at skinnytaste.com. It’s in her new cookbook, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow. When Gina asked me if I’d like a review copy, I jumped at the chance. The book includes a combination of 30-minute fast recipes contrasted with those made in a slow cooker.
There are so many practical and healthful dinner options that I had a hard time deciding on this soup. I know I’ll be turning to this book over and over.
Because I’m a food blogger and therefore cannot just follow a recipe to the T, I deviated from her recipe slightly.
I added more onions, peppers, a couple extra dried spices, fresh parsley, and used no-sodium petite diced tomatoes.
Here is Gina’s exact recipe and mine is below in the recipe section.
Pretty darn close but I wanted to mention it in case anyone wants to make her recipe exactly.
To help ease weeknight dinner chaos, I cooked everything on the stovetop the night before, transferred it into my lined slow cooker, added the remaining ingredients, refrigerated, and the next night turned on the slow cooker in advance of dinner.
Even though it’s still in the 80s in San Diego, we loved this comforting soup.
Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup
Stuffed peppers but in soup form. A total winner. It’s easy, hearty, and packed with flavor. After browning ground beef, onions, red and green peppers, and garlic on the stove, transfer everything to your slow cooker where it simmers away in a tomatoey broth. To help ease weeknight dinner chaos, I cooked everything on the stovetop the night before, transferred it into my lined slow cooker, added the remaining ingredients, refrigerated, and the next night turned on the slow cooker in advance of dinner. We loved this comforting soup.
- 1 pound 95% lean ground beef
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1 1/2 cups finely diced sweet Vidalia onion (from about 1 medium/large onion)
- 1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper (from about 1 large pepper)
- 2/3 cup chopped green bell pepper (about half of 1 large pepper)
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- two 14.5-ounce cans petite diced tomatoes (I used no salt added)
- 1 3/4 cups tomato sauce (one 15-ounce can)
- 2 cups reduced sodium, fat-free chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
- 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely minced
- 3 cups cooked white or brown rice
- To a large nonstick skillet or large Dutch oven, add the ground beef, kosher salt, and cook over medium-high heat to brown, crumbling it with a spatula as it cooks and tossing it to ensure even cooking. Cook through, about 5 minutes or as necessary. Drain fat if necessary.
- Add the onion, peppers, garlic, and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until vegetables have softened, stir intermittently.
- Line a 6-quart slow cooker with a slow cooker liner if desired and transfer the beef mixture into it.
- Add the broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, marjoram, basil, oregano, pepper, stir to combine, cover, and cook on high for about 4 hours or low for about 8 hours. All slow cookers vary in their heat intensity. Cook until done.
- Stir in the fresh parsley.
- Taste soup and make any necessary seasoning adjustments, i.e. more salt, pepper, pinch of sugar, etc.
- Ladle about 1 1/2 cups soup into each bowl and top with about 1/2 cup rice. Tip – Don’t add the rice to the slow cooker because if you have leftover soup, the rice will turn very mushy in the following days. Instead top individual bowls with rice that you store separately from the soup in an airtight container. Both soup and rice will keep airtight in the fridge, stored separately, for up to 5 days or for up to 3 months in the freezer.
Adapted from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, reprinted with permission
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