Do you love stuffed peppers? This Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup Recipe combines all your favorite stuffed pepper ingredients into a soup version adding in sausage for a little extra flavor and spice. Everything is easily cooked in the Instant Pot making clean up a breeze! This recipe is perfect for a cold day or a busy weeknight.
With seventeen years of marriage….it took the 15th year of marriage to discover my husband covets stuffed peppers.
My husband is a pretty easy going man at the dinner table. He really is happy with anything I cook as long as it is edible. I typically switch between a Southern “naughty” meal to a “healthy” meal to balance our week of calories. My man loves some Southern food. I didn’t really grow up eating stuffed peppers, so I never really thought of them… Then one day we were eating at our favorite local little Greek restaurant, Zorba’s, and they had a stuffed pepper special. He was so excited. Then I caught him ordering the stuffed peppers at some of the other little diners. I thought to myself, “I have to make these for him. They can’t be too hard.”
I tried making the stuffed peppers a couple of times at home and my husband would say,”These are good, but these are not like Zorba’s.” It tried making them different ways…. with a cheese topping, without a cheese topping, with a homemade marinara topping, with just tomato sauce, different stuffing mixes… I just never got it right.
So I decided to scrap them and just let him order the stuffed peppers on the days Zorba’s has them on special.
Meanwhile, I wanted a hearty soup for dinner on a cold day. A bright light came on in my head and I decided to make an unstuffed pepper soup. My grandmother made amazing stuffed cabbage, so I created this soup like she would exchanging out the cabbage for bell peppers. AMAZING!!!!!! My husband LOVED it. The surprise on his face that he liked it was only slightly irritating.
Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup Recipe
The next day, I was talking to my mother on the phone. I was telling her about this fantastic Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup Recipe I made. She proceeds to tell me how she recently made my grandmother’s stuffed pepper recipe the other day. REALLY? I was like, “Mom, I want her recipe. Why didn’t you share it with me? Geeze!” She responded,”Well I made it from memory, but I do have the recipe. I will look for it and give it to you.” The conclusion to the story is, I will have to try my grandmother’s recipe on my husband and see if he approves. If he does, I will be sure to share it with ya’ll.
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Stuffed Pepper Soup Recipe
Meanwhile, this Stuffed Pepper Soup Recipe is pretty fantastic. I mix ground beef and sausage instead of the typical all ground beef recipe. It gives the soup added spice and flavor. The ingredient combinations are wicked good. It makes a big bowl of warm comfort. Make sure you drain the fat after cooking the meat before adding in the remaining ingredients when you cook it in the instant pot.
*Note: I use the ChopStir Original Ground Meat Chopper, Frozen Juice Concentrate Stirrer, Heat-Resistant Nylon, Made in the USA, Black to chop and ground the meat into tiny pieces. It is a great tool to have on hand for any ground meat recipes.
If you try this recipe, please let me know how you like it! I would love to hear back from you! xoxo
Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup Recipe- Unstuffed Pepper Soup
- 1 lb ground beef lean
- 1 lb ground sausage
- 4 bell peppers chopped
- 1 cup rice uncooked
- 1 onion chopped
- 14 oz canned crushed tomatoes
- 32 oz beef broth
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 2 tbs garlic crushed
- 1 tsp celery salt
- salt and pepper to taste
Turn on Sauté setting on Instant Pot.
Add ground beef and sausage. Cook until browned. Drain grease.
Add onions and garlic. Cook until onions are softened.
Mix in celery salt, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
Mix in remaining ingredients. Cover and lock lid.
Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
Naturally release for 10 minutes, then fast release any additional pressure.