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Stuffed Pepper Stoup

Rachael says, “The man who owns my local oil company makes a great stuffed pepper soup, but it takes too long for me to make it for myself. Here’s a sped-up stoup version of my own. Mr. Waterhouse’s is tops, but this is a close second – if you don’t know Mr. Waterhouse.”

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef sirloin

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice (eyeball it)

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 large onion, cut into bite-size dice

  • 3 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into bite-size dice

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 quart chicken stock

  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)

  • 1 cup orzo pasta

  • 12-15 basil leaves, shredded or torn

  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano, to pass at table

Preparation

Heat a medium soup pot over medium-high heat with the EVOO. When the EVOO is hot, add beef and season with salt, black pepper and allspice. Brown the meat for 5 minutes then add garlic, onion, peppers and bay leaf and cook for 7-8 minutes, until tender.

Stir in stock and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook to al dente, 7-8 minutes. Turn off heat. Fold in basil.

Serve in shallow bowls with grated cheese.

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