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October 07, 2009

Deb's Stuffed Pepper Soup


By Beth Sollars
Singingirl Cooks

I've been waiting a while to do this post. This delicious soup recipe comes from my oldest and best friend, Debbie Finegan, who passed away on September 16th after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She would be beaming from ear to ear to know that her recipe is being published for all the world to see. Well, that previous statement is a bit of an exaggeration, but I imagine that would make Debbie laugh even harder.

This soup tastes just like a stuffed pepper, only better and much easier to make! I'm thinking it's right on time for the cool weather that many of you are experiencing up north.  So go out and get the simple ingredients to make this soup, and even if you never met this amazing person, send a little smile her way, up that-a-way, for I'm sure that's where she is with all the other angels.



2 lbs. ground sirloin
1- 28 oz. can tomato sauce
1- 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (undrained)
2 cups chopped green pepper
2 beef bouillon cubes
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
3 cups water (more or less depending on how thick you like it)
2 cups cooked rice

Brown the ground sirloin and drain. Add the remaining ingredients and bring everything to a boil except the rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until peppers are tender. Add cooked rice last. Makes a big pot, plenty for the next day.


In loving memory
Debbie Farr Finegan 8/19/1951 - 9/16/2009

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Thank you, Beth, for sharing your friend's recipe and for sharing her story of courage.  To all my readers - Deb fought this battle for her life for about 12 years.  A courageous and strong woman indeed.  Beth told me that when you met Deb, she would say "How are you" with such sincerity that you knew she meant it - she really wanted to know how you were doing.  I never had the privilege of knowing Debbie, but I know, through Beth, that she touched many lives in a positive and remarkable way.  What a wonderful friend, indeed.  Just as Beth feels blessed to have had a friendship for most of her life with Debbie, I feel blessed to have Beth as my dear friend for 25 years - that is half my life!  Never take your friends for granted.  I believe we should treat our family as if they were friends, and our friends as if they were family - for tomorrow is not a promise.


Happy Holidays

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