The Shulls eat soup at least 3 times a week during the fall and winter, so I am always trying to create new and fun twists on basic soup. Since my kiddos love pepperoni pizza, I decided a Pepperoni Pizza Soup only made sense.
Here are a few things to know about this yummy soup:
1. You can make it in the slow cooker or on the stove.
2. You can use any ground meat you like (beef, turkey or chicken).
3. It reheats beautifully.
4. Instead of crust, I serve this “pizza” with a cheesy biscuit on top.
5. Make this how your family loves pizza! If you like other veggies in there, add it. If you like other types of meat (ham, salami, etc), add it!
Whether you’re looking for a soup to simmer stove top or one to go in your slow cooker, this soup is a winner! Your family will love eating their pizza with a spoon :).
This recipe serves 4 adults.
1 pound of ground beef
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
a pinch of ground fennel (optional)
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes (I use San Marzano Tomatoes)
2 cups sliced pepperoni
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Basil to garnish
1 can of biscuits (I used Grands)
1 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
Slow cooker directions:
First brown up your ground beef and then add the next six ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours. When you’re ready to serve, stir in your pepperoni and then garnish with Mozzarella and basil. Serve with a biscuit (method below).
Stove top directions:
In a large pot, brown your ground beef over medium-high heat until browned and crumbly. Stir in your seasonings, onion and bell pepper. Saute a few minutes. Stir in tomato paste and crushed tomatoes. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes. Break up the crushed tomatoes with a wooden spoon as you occasionally stir. Add in the pepperoni slices.
Ladle soup into bowls and serve with Mozzarella cheese on top and garnish with basil. Top with one or two cheesy biscuits.
To make your biscuits, just follow the baking directions on your can of biscuits but before you place them in the oven, brush the tops with a little butter or olive oil and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Bake according to package directions and serve.
That’s it! Your pizza dinner is done!