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This was a staple from my mom, always came with bread, and it was just heavenly.

Title: Hearty and Health-Conscious: Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Introduction:
Stuffed pepper soup is a timeless classic, reminiscent of the comforting flavors of traditional stuffed peppers. However, this recipe adds a modern twist by utilizing the convenience of a slow cooker and catering to those who are mindful of their carb intake. It’s a hearty yet health-conscious choice that delivers warmth and satisfaction with every spoonful.

H2: A Modern Take on a Classic Dish

H3: Low-Carb Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups beef broth, low sodium
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, no sugar added
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce, no sugar added
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup cauliflower rice

Directions:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until fully cooked; drain any excess fat.
  2. Transfer the cooked beef to a slow cooker.
  3. Add the beef broth, chopped bell peppers, chopped onion, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, minced garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and smoked paprika to the slow cooker.
  4. Stir to combine all the ingredients well.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  6. About 30 minutes before serving, stir in the cauliflower rice and continue cooking until the rice is tender.

H2: Pairing Suggestions and Serving Ideas

This robust soup is a meal in itself, but it pairs wonderfully with a crisp green salad dressed with a light vinaigrette to add a touch of freshness. For those who aren’t as concerned about carbs, a slice of rustic bread makes a great accompaniment for dipping into the soup. Top each bowl with a sprinkle of grated cheese or a dollop of sour cream for an extra touch of indulgence.

Variations & Tips:

  • For those who enjoy a bit of heat, add a diced jalapeño or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes when you add the other vegetables.
  • If you have family members who aren’t as fond of ground beef, you can easily substitute ground turkey or chicken for a lighter version.
  • Additionally, to make this meal even more filling, you could add other low-carb vegetables like zucchini or mushrooms towards the last hour of cooking.
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FAQs:

Q: Can I freeze the leftovers of this soup?
A: Yes, this soup freezes well. Store it in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Q: Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned ones?
A: Absolutely! You can substitute fresh tomatoes for canned ones. Use about 2 cups of chopped fresh tomatoes in place of the canned diced tomatoes.

Q: How can I adjust the seasoning to suit my taste?
A: Feel free to adjust the seasoning according to your preference. Add more salt, pepper, or Italian seasoning as needed. You can also customize the spice level by adjusting the amount of smoked paprika or adding other spices you enjoy.

Q: Is there a vegetarian version of this soup?
A: While this recipe features ground beef, you can easily make a vegetarian version by omitting the meat altogether or substituting it with plant-based alternatives like crumbled tofu or meatless crumbles. Additionally, you can bulk up the soup with more vegetables for added texture and flavor.

Conclusion:
Indulge in the comforting flavors of stuffed peppers with a modern twist in this low-carb slow cooker stuffed pepper soup. Perfect for chilly days or whenever you crave a nourishing meal, this recipe offers convenience, flavor, and health-consciousness in every bowl. Customize it to your liking, pair it with your favorite sides, and savor the warmth and satisfaction it brings.