A simple, hearty soup

Recipe Finder

October 31, 2001|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Ann Popovich of Jeannette, Pa., requested a recipe for Stuffed Green Pepper Soup, and her answer came from Romayne L. Preston, also of Jeannette, who wrote, "I live about seven miles from where Ann Popovich lives. Here is the recipe she requested for stuffed pepper soup."

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Serves 8 to 10 as a main course

2 pounds ground beef, browned and drained of fat

28-ounce can tomato sauce

28-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice

1 cup uncooked rice

2 cups chopped green peppers (about 2)

2 beef bouillon cubes

1/4 cup brown sugar

salt and pepper, to taste

Put all ingredients in a crockpot and cook all night. Or, alternately, place all ingredients in a large stockpot and simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "Very simple and very hearty, this makes a great one-pot meal with a loaf of bread. I would add two more peppers to the mix (and maybe a bay leaf or a teaspoon of oregano for pizazz), and I might add the peppers a little later in the cooking process so they still have a little snap to them when the soup is ready to eat.

"The combination of rice, tomato, ground beef and green peppers is classic -- all brought together with a new twist in this soup. It is very thick; if you want it a thinner, soupier consistency, add 2 cups of water during the cooking process."

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If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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