Monday, January 16, 2012

Stuffed Green Bell Pepper Soup

After being on the road for almost a week, I was so excited to get home and bake/cook. Whenever I travel, I can't stop eating. Whether it is on the airplane, bus, or car, I always have to snack. It is ridiculous! Naturally, after being gone for so long, I had to make something healthy. If you want this to be really healthy, you can do ground turkey instead of hamburger and sausage.

To say that it was cold out today would be a complete understatement. When I went outside, it was UNDER ten degrees! Clearly, I had to make soup. This hit the spot. It was healthy but full of flavor. This will definitely be one of my go to soup recipes from here on out.

1/2 pound hamburger
1/2 pound sausage
1 large or 2 medium size green bell peppers, chopped
1 cup onion, diced
1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
28 ounce chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cup cooked white rice

1. In a dutch oven over medium heat, brown the hamburger meat and sausage until fully cooked; drain fat.
2. Add back to the dutch oven. Add the green bell peppers and onion. Cook until onions are soft and translucent.
3. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chicken stock, basil, and crushed red pepper flakes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 to 45 minutes, until peppers are tender.
5. Serve rice in a bowl and pour soup over (this helps the rice not be over cooked when it sits in the hot pan).

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