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Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper soup, made with ground beef or ground turkey, is a healthy, easy, and deliciously satisfying meal. It has all the flavors of your favorite stuffed peppers, but it’s made in an electric pressure cooker so it’s way less work!

Low angle shot of a bowl of stuffed pepper soup with the instant pot behind it

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Stuffed peppers are a great cold-weather meal, but I hate how much effort they take between making the filling, filling the peppers, and baking them. Instead, I love making this soup version.

I just put all of those savory ingredients into the Instant Pot and letting it do its pressure cooking magic. This Instant Pot Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup recipe makes it so easy!

It’s pouring rain here today and it feels like we are definitely well into soup season. It’s the perfect time to make this hot, flavorful soup with a savory broth.

Low angle shot of a bowl of stuffed pepper soup with the instant pot behind it

It’s full of healthy ingredients like vegetables and ground meat, so it’s a full meal all on its own. Of course, a loaf of crusty bread for dunking can’t hurt! This is a longtime family favorite. And its even better the next day!

This delicious and hearty soup combines ground beef or ground turkey, onions, rice, bell peppers, and seasonings in a rich tomato and beef broth. Making this stuffed pepper soup in the Instant Pot makes it a super easy meal.

It’s perfect for busy nights, and you still get all the delicious flavors of stuffed peppers. Really, this soup has SO MUCH flavor!

Ingredients needed to make Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

What ingredients do you need to make this Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup?

This Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup requires just a handful of ingredients.

  • Lean ground beef (I use 90% or 95% lean), ground turkey, ground chicken, or even ground pork or Italian sausage
  • Bell peppers (use whatever colors you like—red peppers, yellow peppers, orange peppers, or green peppers)
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Beef broth
  • Tomato sauce
  • Uncooked rice (I use long grain rice, but you could substitute any white rice, brown rice, or even cauliflower rice, if you like. If you use instant rice, cook it separately and add it to the soup at serving time.)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt + pepper

How do you make it?

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup is really easy to make! Here’s how:

  1. Brown the meat in the Instant Pot.
  2. Add the seasonings and then the broth, tomato sauce, peppers, and rice.
  3. Pressure cook at high pressure and then let the pressure release naturally.
  4. Serve hot.

What do you serve with it?

This Stuffed Pepper Soup is filling as is. It’s loaded with veggies, protein, and rice, so it is easily a full meal in and of itself. But if you want to add a few sides, I recommend a simple salad like this Israeli Cucumber Salad or Roasted Beet Salad with Harissa Dressing.

Add a crusty loaf of bread or some Homemade Pita Bread for dunking.

Or serve crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts. You can also serve it as a side dish with a roast or Air Fryer Whole Chicken.

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Low angle shot of a bowl of stuffed pepper soup with the instant pot behind it

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Yield: Serves 6

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

Low angle shot of a bowl of stuffed pepper soup with the instant pot behind it

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup, made with ground beef or ground turkey, is a healthy, easy, and deliciously satisfying meal. It has all the flavors of your favorite stuffed peppers, but made in an electric pressure cooker so it is way less work!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 bell peppers, any color combination (I like to use orange, red, and yellow!), seeded and diced
  • ¾ cup uncooked long-grain white rice

Instructions

  1. Heat the Instant Pot for a few minutes on sauté mode. Once it’s hot, add the ground meat and cook, breaking up with a spatula, until the meat is browned. If using beef, drain off excess fat if needed.
  2. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper, salt, and black pepper and cook for another minute or two.
  3. Add the broth, tomato sauce, peppers, and rice and stir to mix.
  4. Close and the lid and pressure cook for 8 minutes. Once the cooking time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
  5. Serve hot.

Notes

1. You can substitute ground chicken, ground Italian sausage, or even ground pork.

2. This soup keeps well in the refrigerator overnight and is often even better the next day.

3. If you plan to keep it more than a day, cook the rice separately and add it to the soup at serving time. Otherwise the rice will absorb all the broth and will break down into more of a porridge.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 315Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 82mgSodium 976mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 28g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By on October 24th, 2021

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