I was given a challenge by Joyce Norris (my Mom In Law) a couple of weeks ago. She asked me to take one of her favorite recipes that she created, and redo it to using real whole foods, do the original recipe justice and blog it. Challenge was excepted. Here is the thing you all need to keep in mind…I can not eat the original soup because of my food allergies. So, I did this completely in the dark so to speak. No taste comparisons between the original recipe and my redo recipe for me to say “Almost got it.” or “It needs this.” or “It needs that.”
Here is the original recipe…
Stuffed Pepper Soup:
2 lbs ground beef
2 qts water
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes~undrained
1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce
2 c cooked long grain white rice
2 c chopped green peppers
2 beef bouillon cubes
1/4 c packed brown sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 c chopped onion
Brown beef ~ drain and rinse with hot water ~ brown onion with the beef. Mix all ingredients in Dutch Oven, bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until peppers are tender.
Yields 10 servings.
Stuffed Pepper Soup Redo:
2-3 lbs of ground meat (I used hamburger)
4 Bell peppers (your choice of color)
1-2 Cloves of garlic
3 Cups of cooked rice (I used brown rice cooked in stock instead of water.)
8 Cups of tomato starter (recipe here) or tomato sauce
8 Cups of stock (I used chicken stock, recipe here)
Cheese (I used white cheddar)
1 Large soup pot (I had to switch pots part way through because my first pot was not large enough)
Put the meat in the pot.
Dice the onion, mince the garlic and add it to the hamburger mix in the pot.
Brown the hamburger mix.
Dice the bell peppers and the tomatoes and add them to the hamburger mix.
Add the tomato starter next.
Followed by the rice.
And now the stock gets blended in.
Season to taste with the salt, pepper, and cilantro.
Simmer until blended about 30 minutes.
Stir frequently so the rice does not stick or burn to the bottom of the pot.
Add some shredded cheese on top once in bowls.
My Mom In Law got to taste my redo recipe against her original recipe.
Here is what she said about it….
The main difference between her recipe and the redo was that her recipe has a sweeter taste to it. The bowl she ate also was heavier in black pepper then the redo. She told me that I did do the original recipe justice!!!!