UnStuffed Banana Pepper Soup

Creamy and cheesy with a hint of heat, unstuffed banana pepper soup makes a perfect cold weather lunch or dinner.  Just add bread.Creamy and cheesy with a hint of heat, unstuffed banana pepper soup makes a perfect cold weather lunch or dinner.  Just add bread.

You have to love regional dishes—even if they aren’t yours!  Today’s soup is based on a dish popular in the Buffalo area, Stuffed Banana Peppers.  Amy, from Savory Moments, turned it into a soup to get all the great flavor in a new format. 

‘Cause who doesn’t love soup in the winter (and see below for more ideas)!

Creamy and cheesy with a hint of heat, unstuffed banana pepper soup makes a perfect cold weather lunch or dinner.  Just add bread.I’ve had stuffed peppers before, though they have always been bell peppers and weren’t as cheesy and creamy as this version.  But deep in my freezer was a bag of banana peppers, saved from summer’s CSA harvest.  Sounds like fate!

I made a couple small changes when I made this soup, but my version is pretty close to the original .  It received great reviews both in her comments and in my tasting kitchen!Creamy and cheesy with a hint of heat, unstuffed banana pepper soup makes a perfect cold weather lunch or dinner.  Just add bread.

How to Prepare UnStuffed Banana Pepper Soup

One of the advantages of doing “unstuffed” soups or casseroles is that they are usually a lot easier than the original.  So, not surprisingly this was easy to make.

You start by frying ground pork

Add onions, peppers garlic and seasonings.

Add flour, broth and milk.

Stir in cream cheese

Top with grated cheese, breadcrumbs and parsley to serve.

Enjoy!Creamy and cheesy with a hint of heat, unstuffed banana pepper soup makes a perfect cold weather lunch or dinner.  Just add bread.

Tips on Serving Unstuffed Banana Pepper Soup

The original recipe called for serving the soup in a broiler safe crock, topped with cheese and breadcrumbs, then set under the broiler.  I didn’t have broiler safe dishes, so I sprinkled with cheese (which melted anyway), then topped with toasted breadcrumbs and parsley.  Setting in a 400 F oven might work well also–but I was too excited to wait 🙂   

The dish is hearty and filling and doesn’t need a lot of sides.  Like all soups, it’s delicious served with a crusty bread.  For a slightly larger meal, add a salad and you’ll really put it over the top nutritionally.  Creamy and cheesy with a hint of heat, unstuffed banana pepper soup makes a perfect cold weather lunch or dinner.  Just add bread.

UnStuffed Banana Pepper Soup

UnStuffed Banana Pepper Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Creamy and cheesy with a hint of heat, unstuffed banana pepper soup makes a perfect cold weather lunch or dinner.  Just add bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 7 medium/large banana peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 t cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella, for topping
  • 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs, for topping

Instructions

In a stock pot or Dutch oven, brown the pork over medium heat, crumbling and stirring until the pork just starts to turn crusty and fragrant. Drain excess fat, leaving about a Tablespoon.

Add the onion, peppers, garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasoning. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables become just tender. Stir in the flour and cook for another minute.

Slowly stir in the chicken broth and milk. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer, stirring often, until the mixture thickens.

Add the cubed cream cheese and stir until melted. Taste and adjust salt, pepper and cayenne as needed.

For each serving, fill a soup bowl or broiler-proof serving bowl. Top each with shredded mozzarella and a sprinkle of toasted breadcrumbs. Optionally (and only with broiler safe dishes), broil until golden and melted

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 499Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 746mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 33g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.


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20 thoughts on “UnStuffed Banana Pepper Soup

  1. Lisa Kerhin

    What a creamy delicious soup! I definitely need to make this soup. My gang loves banana peppers (all peppers really) and would drool over this one.

    1. Inger Post author

      I was surprised (perhaps naively) that the banana peppers were so distinctive in this. I sometimes use them interchangeably with bell peppers.

    1. Inger Post author

      Happily I think I have enough frozen for a second round of this sound because we loved it!

    1. Inger Post author

      They are longer and thinner like bananas but don’t really have the curve. And they are thinner walled than bell peppers. This soup finally has me appreciating their uniqueness!

  2. Radha

    What a delicious creamy soup! I love the stuffed banana peppers. I would definitely try when I harvest some banana peppers. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Inger Post author

      You should try this! I did three new soup recipes this week and this was my favorite!

  3. Raymund

    At first I thought it was made with banana and peppers, Lol. Sorry for my ignorance, this is the first time I heard of banana peppers. Can I do it with regular sweet pepper?

    1. Inger Post author

      Perfect for a cold day David! And I think you may have gotten as much snow as we in Northeast Wisconsin this winter (though Southeast WI including my daughter, minding our house, is getting socked)

  4. Debi Mitchell

    I really have a concern about this soup. I have made it several times and it is loved by all. My family of 17 gave it 17 thumbs up the first time I made it. This time, I happened to look at the information on the bottom and it says it has 746ml of carbohydrates?? I am a diabetic and I love this soup, but don’t understand this value.

    1. Inger Post author

      Sorry for the late response–this was in my spam folder. If you look closely, the value follows the description on the nutrition label. So it is 746 mg of sodium, not carbohydrates. Yes, that would make no sense as carbs! I should caution you, however, that online nutrition labels shouldn’t be used to base health decisions on. I am happy to hear though that your family loves this soup–we do too and I just made a triple batch!

  5. Jamie Lynn

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ve been trying to find recipes to use up my banana peppers. I’m the only one in my family that will eat this, so I’ll take some for lunches at work for a couple of days. The only thing I will do differently next time is use sausage instead of regular ground pork to up the flavor even more.

    1. Inger Post author

      I so glad you enjoyed this Jamie! Love the idea of using sausage. And on the banana peppers, if a recipe calls for sliced or chopped ripe bell peppers I sometimes use banana peppers–I always seem to have more of them! Though maybe not anymore now that I’m making this soup!

  6. Gin Petty

    This is a seriously good recipe! I do so appreciate this soup because banana pepper plants yield way more peppers that I can possibly use up in other ways. I try to go as close as possible to the ingredient list and instructions in a recipe the first time I try it, but I didn’t have any ground pork, so I went with Italian sausage. Worked out perfectly. Thank you!

    1. Inger Post author

      Italian sausage sounds great for this Gin! So glad you enjoyed–we love it too!

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