Winter is coming and so is Comfort Food and Football Sundays. This week I made an awesome soup that has room for improvement. I made a Stuffed Pepper Soup. I found it on the link at the bottom of this post. I would use that as a base to make it but will add some suggestions to make it a little better.
This soup was great and makes enough to feed 5 or six people easily.
1 lb. Ground Beef – (Listen use a mild Italian sausage instead, if you don’t have that I would suggest pulling out that spice rack you got for Christmas and finding the fennel on it. That will give the beef a sausage like flavor)
1 small Onion
1 Large Bell Pepper Green – ( Red adds some color, or get mini peppers and mix up the color)
1 can (29oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (10oz) Tomato Soup or Tomato Sauce. ( Using Flavored sauce could add a lot of taste to this) Plus if you already have it in the pantry it’s one less thing to buy.
1 can (14oz) Chicken Broth or Beef Broth ( I would get two cans just in case, this way you can add a little on the back-end if your soup isn’t so soupy).
2 Cups of cooked rice
1 tbsp. of Sugar
Use the following to taste
1 tsp of garlic Powder
Shredded Cheese. This is at the end.
Also some other things to consider, and I will try next time. I like spice, so some Cayenne Pepper, or adding jalapenos to the soup. Careful though not everyone likes it spicy, and you’re not making chilli here.
Like all things I make get all your food cut up and everything prepped ahead of time that way you aren’t trying to play catch up while your cooking.
1st – Dice up your onion and peppers. Put these into the frying pan with either butter or extra virgin olive oil. I like the butter, with that put your sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper in with the veggies as they cook.
2nd – Once the veggies and spice get aromatic, you can really smell them cooking, throw in the meat. Let that all cook together while you get the other items into your crock pot. If you don’t have a crock pot shame on you, you can use either a dutch oven or a large cooking pot. Cook the meat until there is no longer any pink in it.
3rd – Drain the meat, just to get rid of some of that excess juice at the bottom.
4th – On the Side you should have some rice going, depending on what you use, it can be fast or a slow process. I would suggest using something other than minute rice, but if you are looking for speed it only takes about ten minutes to make two cups worth of minute rice.
5th – Place the Can tomatoes, soup, and broth all in the crock pot. Also put in the meat and veggies. Once your rice is done throw that in there also.
Lastly – Let that cook for a while on either warm or low, either way the kitchen is going to smell so good that you wont be able to wait to dive into this. Grab a bowl fill it up, toss a handful cheese on top, a little extra seasoning, and dive in. Next time I make it I may try a little sour cream on top.
The truly best way to make this soup is with some one, friends, family, lover, it doesn’t matter you should never cook alone.
See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler
Again use this link below as the foundation of your soup, but change that joker up to your liking.