Easy to make with simple ingredients, this Mediterranean pepper soup is bursting with flavor!
Wonderfully hearty, this beef and tomato soup is loaded with natural and healthy ingredients.
Traditionally, we make stuffed peppers, but 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 Mediterranean pepper dish reminds me of growing up and being at home, indulging in my mom's cooking.
Made with simple and flavorful ingredients, it makes for a great healthy meal the whole family will love.
For more soup recipes, be sure to check out my Bey's Soup and Beef Soup with Semolina Dumplings.
📃 Why it Works
- Easy: It takes minutes to prep this dish with everyday ingredients, and it all comes together in one pot.
- Easy to make gluten-free: This is a great stew to make if you or someone in your family has an intolerance.
- Hearty: Made with ground beef and rice, this Mediterranean pepper soup will keep you feeling full.
🛒 Ingredients and Notes
- Ground Beef: Use lean ground beef for this recipe. You could also make this with ground pork or chicken if that's what you have.
- Vegetables: Onion, green bell pepper, garlic, tomato.
- Tomato Paste: For a rich tomato flavor.
- All-purpose Flour: To thicken: use a 1:1 gluten-free flour if you have an intolerance.
- Rice: White rice turns it into a really hearty meal. You can also use barley instead.
- Broth: I use beef broth for the best flavor, but chicken or vegetable will also work well.
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until a thick paste form (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, occasionally stirring 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, add water until desired consistency.
👩🍳 Top Tips
- Make this soup in a heavy-bottomed pan or dutch oven. It will distribute heat more evenly.
- This is a stew-like dish, but you can stir in some additional water or stock if you prefer it thinner.
- This is a great recipe if you have vegetables to use up in your fridge. Mushrooms, carrots, or other colored bell peppers can easily be added to your Mediterranean pepper soup.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
This Mediterranean pepper soup is a great make-ahead meal. Let it cool before transferring it to an airtight container, and it will keep well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
The rice will absorb some of the liquid as it sits, so when you reheat it, you may need to stir in a little extra stock or water to loosen it back up.
I used white rice in this soup; basmati or jasmine both work well. You can use brown or wild rice if you prefer, but be aware that the cooking time will need to be increased.
Garnish your Mediterranean pepper soup with parsley for a burst of freshness. Serve with crusty bread or the way I like it the best - with boiled whole potatoes.
😋 Other Amazing Recipes to Try
- German Beer and Cheese Soup
- Quick and Easy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
- Sopa de Pollo - Mexican Chicken Soup
- Peruvian Chicken and Corn Chowder
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Mediterranean Pepper Soup
- 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
- 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.
I just realised I got a pingback..I even forgot about the story! Thanks for the mention, my dear friend. It's been a while!
It's nice to be reminded of stories long forgotten, isn't it? It was a cute story, Ann. Surprised you got a pingback so late, it's an old recipe 🙂
Miz Helen says
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!
I hope so! 🙂
Joanne T Ferguson says
What a warm and heart soup Jas! Perfect for this cold, wintry weather we have! Pinned and shared!
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!
This looks double yummy! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday:-) Please join us again this week.
Thanks, Sherry! Sure will! 😀
Holly @ While I'm Waiting says
Thank you for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday! I hope to see you back tomorrow!
Holly @ http://www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com
Thanks for stopping by, Holly, and for hosting. See you there!
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!!
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 😀
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.
At least they're not always picky 🙂
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!
Aw, thank you, Stephanie! Have a great week!
Yummm!!! I love every single ingredient in this soup! It looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing it at the Talented Tuesday party 🙂
Thank you, Lindi! 🙂
Lou Lou Girls says
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
Thanks, see you there! 😀