Mediterranean Pepper Soup

Mediterranean Pepper Soup- All that's Jas

Mediterranean Pepper Soup- All that's Jas

I was setting up a game to entertain my not-even-three-year-old granddaughter Ava, and I guess she thought it was taking too long because she cocked her head and said: “Grandma, you don’t know how to play this game, do you?” I was floored. Kids say and do the darndest things! They are so smart. She made me feel self-conscious though (am I really slowing down without realizing?), but I couldn’t be prouder of her.

My bloggy friend Ann experienced just how smart kids are the other morning when her little one managed to wipe out everything from her phone. She didn’t think it was funny, but she told the story with such great humor. I suggest that kids are little aliens sent to us to help us learn and evolve, lol.


What does this Mediterranean Pepper Soup have to do with all that? Well, my little munchkin loves her grandma’s soups, so there you have it. Traditionally, we make stuffed pepper soup. Occasionally, I don’t have enough peppers in the house and this is a great way to still enjoy this meal and feed a family. This soup reminds me of growing up and being at home, indulging in my mom’s cooking. Hopefully, I am making same fond food memories for Ava.

 

Ingredients:
Serves 4-6

1 lb. lean Ground Beef
1 Onion, chopped
1 large green Bell Pepper, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 large Tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 tablespoons all-purpose Flour
¼ cup uncooked Rice
2 tablespoons fresh chopped Parsley, plus more for garnish
4 cups Beef Broth
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

In a large pot or Dutch oven heat oil over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until a thick paste forms (roux). Whisk constantly for 3-4 minutes while it bubbles; as it cooks, it will begin to thin.

Add chopped onions and sauté, continually stirring, for 3-4 minutes longer (the kitchen smells so good when onions hit the roux). Stir in the tomato paste and add ground beef. Use a wooden spoon to break up the ground beef for 5 minutes as it is cooking.

Add garlic, chopped tomato and peppers and mix until combined. Add broth and bring just to a light boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes. Add rice and parsley and cook for 15 more minutes, stirring occasionally, or until rice is cooked.  This is a fairly thick soup, but if you find yours is too thick just add water until desired consistency.

To serve, garnish with parsley. Serve with crusty bread or the way I like it the best – with boiled whole potatoes.

Mediterranean Pepper Soup- All that's Jas

Mediterranean Pepper Soup- All that's Jas

Mediterranean Pepper Soup

Mediterranean Pepper Soup

A hearty, simple soup with a home-style comfort.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 large green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 large Tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup uncooked Rice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped Parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 4 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

Directions

In a large pot or Dutch oven heat oil over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until a thick paste forms (roux). Whisk constantly for 3-4 minutes while it bubbles; as it cooks, it will begin to thin.

Add chopped onions and sauté, continually stirring, for 3-4 minutes longer (the kitchen smells so good when onions hit the roux). Stir in the tomato paste and add ground beef. Use a wooden spoon to break up the ground beef for 5 minutes as it is cooking. Add garlic, chopped tomato and peppers and mix until combined.

Add broth and bring just to a light boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes. Add rice and parsley and cook for 15 more minutes, stirring occasionally, or until rice is cooked.

This is a fairly thick soup, but if you find yours is too thick just add water until desired consistency.

To serve, garnish with parsley. Serve with crusty bread or the way I like it the best - with boiled whole potatoes.

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Have you tried stuffed onions? They might be my favorite from our long list of stuffed-style dishes.

Looking forward to connecting with you soon.

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56 Comment

  1. Reply
    Miz Helen
    March 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    We will love your Mediterranean Pepper Soup! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 14, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      I hope so! 🙂

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  4. Reply
    Joanne T Ferguson
    July 26, 2015 at 5:50 am

    What a warm and heart soup Jas! Perfect for this cold, wintry weather we have! Pinned and shared!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 26, 2015 at 8:24 am

      I knew someone would appreciate the soup recipe even though it’s summer here! 😉 When I’m in a mood for soup I’ll have soup no matter what season we have, lol. Hang in there, I’ll be jealous of your summer pretty soon, I’m afraid…warm hugs to you, Joanne!

  5. Reply
    Sherry
    July 11, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    This looks double yummy! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday:-) Please join us again this week.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks, Sherry! Sure will! 😀

  6. Reply
    Holly @ While I'm Waiting
    July 7, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you for sharing at Waiting on…Wednesday! I hope to see you back tomorrow!

    Holly @ http://www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 8, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Holly, and for hosting. See you there!

  7. Reply
    Sheena
    July 7, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I am always looking for a new recipe my children will enjoy. Hope my children love it as much as your granddaughter!! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty hope you will join us again this week!!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 7, 2015 at 11:06 am

      I hope so too! Ava is not a picky eater although she’s so petite. You should see her eating pickled beets like nobody’s business, lol. Thanks for stopping in 😀

      1. Reply
        Sheena
        July 7, 2015 at 11:36 am

        That is too funny!!! I have four children and they have their days where they are picky and then days where they aren’t as picky.

        1. Reply
          allthatsjas
          July 7, 2015 at 12:08 pm

          At least they’re not always picky 🙂

  8. Reply
    Stephanie
    July 6, 2015 at 9:27 am

    How delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 6, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Aw, thank you, Stephanie! Have a great week!

  9. Reply
    Lindi
    July 6, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Yummm!!! I love every single ingredient in this soup! It looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing it at the Talented Tuesday party 🙂

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 6, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Thank you, Lindi! 🙂

  10. Reply
    Lou Lou Girls
    July 5, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I’m drooling right now! This looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing this to our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks, see you there! 😀

  11. Reply
    Bam's Kitchen
    July 5, 2015 at 12:51 am

    This is one perfect bowl of deliciousness! Love all the flavours thick and hearty and yes it is just screaming for a good crusty bread. Kid do say the darndest things! I bet it is so fun spending time spoiling the grandkids and then sending them back to mom and dad. they probably never want to leave as grandma is the best cook!!! Sharing, pinning and sending smoke signals… Take care, BAM

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 5, 2015 at 9:30 am

      You have no idea how much fun it is to spoil them and send them back! 😀 They are also perfect little paybacks, lol. You’ll see. You made me giggle loud with your smoke signals, ha! Too funny….XOXO

  12. Reply
    Jennifer
    July 4, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    What a nice, filling soup! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Thank you, Jennifer! 😀

  13. Reply
    Enzie Shahmiri
    July 3, 2015 at 12:02 am

    I will need to save this recipe and give it a try. It looks so delicious! I am new and linked up and hope to make new friends. 🙂 Please stop by Notably Wonderful and say hello. Happy 4th of July!

    Enzie

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Thank you, Enzie! Your paintings are simply amazing! Thanks for linking up and I hope you’ll come back each week 🙂 Happy 4th!

      1. Reply
        Enzie Shahmiri
        July 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

        Thank you for visiting my site and your nice compliment about my work. I am following your blog via Feedly and will visit again for sure 🙂

        1. Reply
          allthatsjas
          July 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

          You’re welcome, Enzie! I’ll be stalking you for sure, I subscribed to your newsletter 🙂

  14. Reply
    Pam@over50feeling40
    July 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I’m going to keep this for cooler weather…it looks really good. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop and for being a great co-hostess!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 3, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Thanks, Pam! Have a fabulous weekend!

  15. Reply
    My Rose Colored Shades
    July 2, 2015 at 9:20 am

    This looks delicious! I’m adding it to my list to try.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 2, 2015 at 11:05 am

      I hope you do! Thank you and have a wonderful day!

  16. Reply
    1010ParkPlace
    July 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Oh, yes! This is right up my alley! I’m single, so I love having some kind of soup on hand I can heat up and heat. Thanks so much.
    Brenda

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 2, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Thanks, Brenda! It freezes very well, too 🙂 Thank you for stopping in!

  17. Reply
    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup
    July 1, 2015 at 12:03 am

    I’ve never had this soup, but it looks delicious (even in this heat!)

    Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Thanks for visiting, Heather! I hope you give it a try on a cool, rainy day 🙂 This soup is one of the few I don’t mind having during summer. Some of my friends live in Australia and there is winter right now! I know, hard to wrap my mind around it. 😀 Blessings!

  18. Reply
    KayeSwain
    June 30, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Hi, I popped over from the Grand Social. What sweet family memories you are making with those great recipes. And re: the cell phone incident – that is EXACTLY why I have my iPhone password protected. 🙂 And my little grand-darlin’s do keep trying to figure out the code. Anytime they get close, I change it. Hurts my brain to have to relearn the new password but well worth it AND good brain food. Have a blessed and beautiful week! 🙂

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 1, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Thanks, Kaye! Yeah, I don’t know what’s worse – to have the password or not. Pro having it for obvious reasons, but they are a pain in the neck. I often think what if there’s an emergency and I can’t unlock it to call my husband or someone else can’t notify my family because my phone is locked. Eek! Thanks for stopping in and have a glorious day!

  19. Reply
    lisa@stylesofcooking
    June 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I have my first grandchild arriving in October so your post made me smile at what I have to look forward to. Must hide my phone!! Your soup looks lovely, very hearty, thanks for sharing. Popping by from Tasty Tuesday

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      July 1, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Congrats, Lisa, on your first grandbaby! You know, everyone tells you how much you’re going to love them, but you really don’t know until you hold them for the first time. It’s indescribable! My second one is due in two weeks 😀 Thank you very much for popping by!

  20. Reply
    Ann GrubbsnCritters
    June 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Soup looks yum and so good for cold days! I’m intrigued with your stuffed onions recipe – that’s creative!

    What were you playing grandma? :p Kids are so glib. How do they know so much words before 3! And thanks for linking my post, Jas! Definitely not a dragon parenting moment I’m proud of!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      I’m not telling, ha! It is amazing how their little brains, like sponges, absorb words. She also called me a stinker-butt, lol. I can’t even… 😀
      We all have those moments we are not proud of, Ann, and I love how real you are and honest about it. I love that about you – you don’t sugarcoat anything!
      As for the stuffed onions recipe, I can’t take the credit for creativity – it’s an old traditional Bosnian recipe. Hope you try it. Hugs to you and the critters 🙂

      1. Reply
        Ann GrubbsnCritters
        June 30, 2015 at 9:59 pm

        stinker-butt!!! bwaahhahaaaa! That’s got to be the funniest I have heard in a long time! 😀 Thank you for the kind words, Jas. I just can’t do sugarcoating very well and that’show I offend people sometimes. Oops.
        I really would have to try that stuffed onions recipe one of these days! 🙂 xxx.

        1. Reply
          allthatsjas
          July 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

          LOL. Oh, well, truth hurts. Let them pout for a while 🙂 Have a blessed day!

          1. Ann GrubbsnCritters
            July 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

            I’m feeling VERY blessed indeed. 😀 x.

          2. allthatsjas
            July 2, 2015 at 8:14 am

            😀 Have a glorious day, my friend! XOXO

  21. Reply
    Love Keil (MunchkinTime)
    June 30, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    This Mediterranean Pepper Soup looks so delicious, pinning it for later to Yummy Recipe Board!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you bunches! 🙂

  22. Reply
    sweatyandfit
    June 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

    this soup looks so good!! perfect for bread dipping, thats for sure 🙂

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Oh, yeah, that’s the best part 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to visit!

  23. Reply
    Jasna
    June 30, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Absolutely right…kids are here to teach us (oldies) some stuff … thankful for that!
    Pepper soup looks and sounds mouthwatering good!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 30, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Thank you, Jasna! I agree with you, kids are the biggest blessing! Enjoy rest of your week!

  24. Reply
    Katherines Corner
    June 29, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Oh my goodness yes please. I can almost taste this delicious soup. Pinned xo

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 30, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Thanks, sweetness! Wishing you a million reasons to keep smiling!

  25. Reply
    Pamela Shank
    June 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    This soup looks delicious. I could eat soup year-round. Will give it a try.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 30, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Thanks, Pamela! Hope you do try it 🙂 Have a nice day!

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