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Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup takes the stuffed peppers you know and love and puts it into a soup. This soup mixes together ground turkey, bell peppers, tomatoes, spices and brown rice to create a hearty soup perfect for the colder months.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup - yum!

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Happy New Years! I hope everyone had a fun holiday and are ready to get back on track with some healthy recipes.

Today’s recipe is a good way to start 2017–hearty, healthy and comforting. I am back to deconstructing your favorite meals into soups. First it was this Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Lasagna Soup and now it’s this Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup.

I recently was talking to my neighbor who is a teacher and has three young boys that are involved in one million after school activities.  She was telling me that she puts a slow cooker meal on before she leaves for work every day during the week so she has dinner waiting when she gets home.

They have such a busy schedule that she has almost no time between her job and taking her kids to sports to cook dinner.  The slow cooker is the perfect solution for people like her and I like being able to help come up with delicious recipes to help her and others out.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup - dinner

I like using my slow cooker a few times a week because it gives me a break at dinner time and lets me just throw the ingredients in the slow cooker at the start of my day.  When 5 o’clock rolls around I can spend time reading books and playing with the kids and not cooking. Now that there are three little ones to distract all day long, my slow cooker gets a lot of use.

When I make this Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup I can serve everyone bowls of soup, a side of crusty wheat bread, these Simple Garlic Parmesan Green Beans and a side salad and call it a day.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup - so good

Stuffed peppers can be made in a variety of ways using ground beef, sausage, turkey or vegetarian.  For today’s soup I used ground turkey but you could easily use ground beef, sausage or leave the meat out. My recipe calls for brown rice but try white or jasmine rice-both work great.

I also suggest making a double batch of this soup and freezing it for later. If you plan to freeze the soup you can leave the rice out until you thaw out the soup and are ready to eat it.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup - dinner

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup takes the stuffed peppers you know and love and puts it into a soup. This soup mixes together ground turkey, bell peppers, tomatoes, spices and brown rice to create a hearty soup perfect for the colder months.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium red pepper, seeds removed, chopped {it was about 1 cup of chopped peppers}
  • 1 medium green pepper, seeds removed, chopped {it was about 1 cup of chopped peppers}
  • 1 -14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 4 cups chicken broth {or vegetable broth}
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne red pepper {optional}
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 uncooked cups brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, stems removed, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat the 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Cook the ground turkey for 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and continue to cook until the turkey is browned and cooked through.
  2. Put the ground turkey mixture in the slow cooker along with the peppers, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, dried basil, dried thyme, cayenne red pepper {optional} and dried oregano. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3 hours.
  3. When you are ready to serve the soup add the cooked rice and chopped parsley, stir and serve.

Notes

If you want to freeze this soup or a portion of it I suggest leaving the rice out and freezing the soup without it. Once you are ready to eat the soup you can cook the rice and add it in.

Variations:
You can use white or jasmine rice instead of brown rice.
You can use sausage or beef instead of ground turkey.

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Thursday 21st of February 2019

[…] peppers are one of my favorite meals to make for my family. This stuffed pepper soup takes the ingredients you would use in stuffed peppers and creates a soup. This recipe uses ground […]

Paula Schlotterbeck

Monday 19th of February 2018

This looks absolutely perfect for my mason jar lunches (I'll just take along my rice in a separate little container and add it when reheating- that way, I can have a week's worth of lunches and freeze one for my emergency meal stash). Thank you so much for another wonderful recipe, Julia!

Julia

Tuesday 20th of February 2018

I love that idea to do just do a mason jar meal and bring the rice--I am going to try that. I hope you love it!

Lisa

Wednesday 11th of January 2017

What is the measurement for 1 serving?

Julia

Sunday 15th of January 2017

I did not track that-sorry! I will remake this recipe in the next couple of weeks and let you know.

Katie @ Recipe for Perfection

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

I love stuffed peppers, too! Turning that dish into a soup sounds like an excellent idea to me.

Julia

Thursday 29th of October 2015

Thanks! It is a nice alternative to stuffed peppers.

Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

You had me at "slow cooker" . Mine is in almost constant use this time of year, and this soup looks like just the thing to make in there next!

Julia

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

Mine too. I made something yesterday. It just makes dinner so much easier during the busy times of year.

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