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Pepperoni Soup

8 Comments | Written on February 18, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

All the flavors of your favorite pizza in a warm and comforting soup.  This easy recipe can be whipped up in minutes and is a hit with kids.  Congratulations to Caren Eri, another one of the winners from our 2010 Annual Contest!  Read all about how she came up with her winning recipe and her plans for the prize money!




  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1/2 pkg sliced pepperoni
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 to 1/5 of a white onion, diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 14- or 15-oz can pizza sauce
  • 1 4 1/2-oz jar sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 14 1/2-oz can beef broth
  • 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese, for topping


Brown hamburger in a large pot; drain. Return hamburger to pot and add all remaining ingredients except mozzarella cheese. Simmer on medium about 25 minutes. Serve in bowls, topped with mozzarella.

Number of Servings: 4


How did you come up with your recipe?

“I’m a huge pizza fan, and one day after having my first son (and trying to loose all that baby weight) I thought it would be so great to have pizza with out all that bread.  I wanted something that would be hearty and just as good as left over pizza too.  Instead of making a soup based on water, I thought beef broth would enhance the flavor in the hamburger, then I tried pizza sauce and tomatoes to add some density to the soup.  Also, I added pepperoni cause to me, no pizza is complete with out pepperoni.  Next it just happened to fall together, my favorite pizza is a supreme and I thought of all the ingredients that come on a supreme like the peppers, onions, and mushrooms.  After making this soup for a few years it has become a meal that I have to cook every month.  My kids even love it!”

What made you decide to enter the Better Recipes annual recipe contest?

“I made it for a group of friends and they told me that it was one of their favorites soups they have ever had, and asked if they could have it for a local fundraiser cookbook for the disabled.  I thought well if they think its good, then I’m sure there are other people out there would hopefully think the same thing.  This was the first time Ive ever entered in a contest for a recipe, and honestly didn’t think much of it when I did.  I just really wanted to share the recipe with everyone, and thought this would be a great way to do so.”

What will you do with the prize money?

“Well, I just found out that my husband (who is in Afghanistan) was moved to a extremely small base and him and his guys are sleeping on the ground and/or 2×4’s.  So my mother-in-law and I were trying to come up with ways to raise money to send them air mattresses.  This truly was perfect timing!”

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