Mouth-watering Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup is a low calorie, low carb soup loaded with bell peppers, lean beef, and rich tomato flavor. Serve with cooked rice or cauliflower rice.
If you love stuffed bell peppers but you don't love the work involved, this soup is a delicious and satisfying solution. It's as easy as cabbage roll soup and equally delicious! Best part is, you can make stuffed pepper soup in the Instant Pot or on the stove using this recipe.
I prefer to serve bell pepper soup with cauliflower rice instead of classic rice, but this recipe leaves room for either. Quinoa is an option too! If you're a bread lover, bell pepper soup and my French bread go hand in hand.
Be sure to add my chicken vegetable soup, lasagna soup, minestrone soup, zuppa toscana, and ham and bean soup to your soup rotation. Grab this collection of easy Instant Pot soup recipes while you're at it.
Bell pepper soup ingredients
See printable recipe card below for quantities.
- olive oil - or preferred cooking oil
- onion - any color will work
- ground beef - I use 90% lean beef, but any will work
- bell peppers - green, orange, red, or yellow, or any combo
- canned crushed tomatoes - you can use diced tomatoes too
- tomato paste - I prefer this over tomato sauce because it's not seasoned
- Worcestershire sauce - adds distinct savoriness to the recipe
- seasonings - I personally love homemade Italian seasoning and red chili flakes.
- chicken broth - or other broth, or plain water
How to make stuffed pepper soup
You can make stuffed pepper soup in the Instant Pot or stove. I can promise delicious results, either way.
See recipe card below for both methods.
- Saute onion and garlic.
- Add beef and saute until browned.
- Toss in bell peppers.
- Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer or pressure cook as instructed.
- rice - instead of the whole grain rice often used in stuffed bell pepper soup recipes, use quinoa or, for a low carb option, cauliflower rice.
- beef - instead of ground beef, use Italian sausage or a blend of both for added flavor.
- make it vegetarian - the beef can be replaced with a plant-based burger to make vegetarian stuffed pepper soup, or simply omit it.
- tomatoes - unseasoned canned crushed tomatoes are nice if you like to use your own seasonings, but any canned tomato product will work, seasoned or not.
- broth - I use chicken broth because it's mildly flavored and allows the other flavors to shine, whereas beef broth has bolder flavor and can overpower the recipe.
pressure cooker method - I love pressure cooking this stuffed pepper soup recipe because I enjoy the convenience of quick, mostly hands-off cooking. As a result, it creates deepened flavors in a relatively short time frame. Use any size pressure cooker for this soup by scaling the ingredients. Always consult your owners manual for ingredient adjustments needed among different sizes; i.e., larger cookers require additional liquid.
stove method - Bell pepper soup can easily be made on the stove with a large stainless, cast iron, or aluminum soup pot with a lid. It will be as delicious as the pressure cooked version. It might take a little longer.
Food safety tips
- Do not use the same stirring utensil on your cooked food that was used to stir raw meat. Switch the utensil mid process.
- Wash hands after handling raw meat.
- Always use or freeze uncooked meat by the sell-by or use-by date.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
See more food safety guidelines here.
Italian Stuffed Pepper Soup [Instant Pot or Stove]
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 large Onion, diced (about 2 cups)
- 3 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 pound Lean Ground Beef (uncooked), or sausage or turkey
- 3 small Bell Peppers (any colors), diced (about 3 cups)
- 1 (28 ounce can) Crushed Tomatoes
- ½ (6 ounce can) Tomato Paste
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper, or more as needed
- 4-6 cups Chicken Broth, or beef broth
- 2 cups Cooked Rice (whole grain or cauliflower rice), as needed for serving
Stuffed Pepper Soup Instant Pot Instructions (stove instructions below)
- Select "Sauté" on the Instant Pot and heat OLIVE OIL.
- When the display reads "Hot", add ONION and GARLIC. Sauté until tender.
- Add BEEF and sauté until cooked through, stirring as needed. Drain excess fat, if needed.
- If any browned ingredients are stuck on the pot's surface, add a splash of broth and scrape them with a flat utensil to release them into the ingredients. This is called deglazing and it's "flavor gold".
- Press "Cancel" and stir in BELL PEPPERS, CRUSHED TOMATOES, TOMATO PASTE, WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE, ITALIAN SEASONING, SALT, PEPPER, CRUSHED RED PEPPER, and CHICKEN BROTH.
- Secure the lid and turn pressure release valve to "Sealing". Select "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" and set the cooker on "High" pressure for 2 minutes (for softer bell peppers) or only 1 minute (for al dente bell peppers).
- At the end of the cook cycle, allow the pot to sit undisturbed for a 15-minute natural pressure release (NPR).
- Once all steam has released, open the lid and stir. Continue to serving instructions below.
Serving and Storage Instructions
- At first, the soup might seem like it has too much liquid, but this will balance out when you add cooked rice or cauliflower rice.
- Serve warm with a scoop of cauliflower rice or cooked rice.
- Store in an airtight container up to 5 days in the refrigerator and up to 90 days in the freezer (or longer if vacuum sealed).
Traci's Recipe Notes
- Heat soup pot over medium-high heat. Add ONION and GARLIC, sauté until tender.
- Add GROUND BEEF and sauté until cooked through, stirring as needed.
- Drain excess fat, if needed. Deglaze the pot with a little broth, if needed.
- Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Turn heat to medium-high, bringing soup just to a boil, stirring as needed. Turn heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until until bell peppers become tender (about 20 min), stirring as needed.
- Follow serving and storage instructions above.
- 4-quart soup pot (if using stove method)
Nutrition data provided as courtesy estimates using unbranded ingredients from a nutrition database. Please consult preferred resource for precise data.