Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

It may be spring, but it’s still chilly here in Wisconsin. This Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup is hearty and delicious and will warm you right up.

I love soup, but most of all, I love soup that actually has some substance to it, that will actually fill me up and keep me full. When I say I love soup, I really mean it. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods.

Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

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I don’t make soup that often because my husband doesn’t care for soup.  We’ve actually bickered about it.  If I do make soup, I have to freeze it so I don’t waste a bunch of it.

Guess what? He actually eats this soup! He likes it because it fills him up and is tasty.

I think it’s comforting to me because when I was young, my grandma had soup prepared often. She would usually serve up some delicious soup with a half of a sandwich for lunch.  I miss that. 

This Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup is especially comforting to me because my mom often made stuffed peppers while I was growing up.  I guess that makes this soup my comfort-comfort food.

Full disclosure – while I loved the taste of the stuffed peppers she made, I couldn’t stand the texture of the cooked peppers.  I still have issues eating cooked peppers if the pepper is cut in big chunks.  

I would usually just eat the filling out of the peppers and leave a sad, empty shell of a pepper no longer stuffed. That’s why I like this soup so much; the peppers are chopped so small I can easily eat them and enjoy all the filling as well. 

In this recipe, I cut the peppers up really small; I dice them.  That way, it doesn’t bother me if I bite down on one. 

Recently, I found a recipe of my grandma’s stuffed pepper soup and loved it so much.  In this version, I have lightened up the ingredients to make it Weight Watchers Freestyle friendly.

The peppers in the soup along with the rice bulk up this soup and fill me up on those cold, chilly days with no guilt! It’s so easy to make; you just throw it all in the crock pot or instant pot and forget about it until it’s done!

The rice should be cooked separately because if you don’t cook it separately, it will become all mushy. Even though it still tastes good, it ends up being more of a casserole than a soup.  You can easily make the rice in the slow cooker prior to making the soup, but I just cook it on the stove.

I fill up the pan of water, put the rice in and set a timer so I don’t overcook it. I set it in the fridge until the soup is done and add the rice to my individual bowls of soup. This recipe serves about six people, but you can easily double it and freeze some, like I have.

Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

 

This Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup will have you feeling satisfied and your family will love it too.  My husband is not a fan of soup and actually eats this one! He said he enjoys it because it actually feels more like a meal and not an appetizer.

I usually serve it with some salad or some reduced calorie bread.  I prefer ground beef in the soup, but you can easily substitute ground chicken or turkey as well.  You can remove the meat all together if you prefer as well!

This hearty bowl of soup will definitely cure your comfort food craving. It’s a warm, hearty meal without the guilt. 

Yields 6 Servings – 1 1/2 cups of soup, plus 1/2 rice
6 Smart Points 
Soup without rice = 3 Smart Points for 1 1/2 cups
 

Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Ingredients:

1 Pound Lean Ground Beef – The leaner the better
2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped green pepper
2 (15oz) cans petite diced tomatoes

1 cup chopped red pepper
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 1/2 cups chicken broth (I use this kind here and add salt as I go to taste)
1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
2 Tbs chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tsp ground black pepper
3 cups cooked brown rice

Directions:

Brown ground beef or meat of your choice in a skillet.  Add salt and onions while browning. 
Drain fat, if any. 
Place the meat back in the skillet and add the garlic and peppers.
Cook until peppers are soft, which is about 7 minutes.
Place the meat in your slow cooker with the chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and black pepper. 
Cover with lid and cook on high for 4 hours. You can also cook on low for 8-9 hours. 
When you are ready to eat the soup, place 1 1/2 cup in the bowl and add 1/2 cup cooked brown rice.
Garnish with fresh Italian parsley.

Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soups sits on top of a table in a gray bowl next to a spoon.

 

There you have it! I hope you enjoy this Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup as much as we do.  I like to add a little hot sauce to it for a little kick, but it is still super tasty without the hot sauce.

Let me know how you like it and other ways you have made this soup.  I’m always up for a good soup recipe too, if you have one to share with me!

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Happy slurping!
Carissa

10 thoughts on “Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

  1. Do you happen to have the calorie count for a serving of this soup with rice? I’m not doing weight watchers, but I am doing a program based on calories, and my family would love this.

    1. Hi Ashley!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      There are 258 calories per serving with rice.
      There are 150 calories per serving without rice.
      I hope this helps!
      Enjoy!

    1. Hi Sherri,
      Yes, the points are listed right before the recipe.
      This soup is 6 Smart Points for 1 1/2 cups of soup and 1/2 cup of rice.
      It is 3 Smart Points without the rice for 1 1/2 cups of soup.
      Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoy it!
      Carissa

    1. Hi Audrey!
      Every instant pot is different. I use the soup/stew setting on mine and go by the instructions listed on the manual for the setting.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Carissa

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