Dimitra’s Dishes’ Greek-Style Stuffed Pepper Soup: Gemista Soup (Photos courtesy https://www.dimitrasdishes.com)

Recipe Corner: Dimitra’s Dishes’ Greek-Style Stuffed Pepper Soup: Gemista Soup


“My Greek heritage has filled my heart with a deep love of cooking, and sharing those homecooked dishes with friends and family makes my heart sing. Here, on Dimitra’s Dishes you will find easy to follow recipes with step-by-step video tutorials filled with tips to help you create delicious food for your loved ones,” says Greek-American chef, blogger, author, and restaurateur Dimitra Khan.

“This hearty soup offers the flavors of Gemista (Greek-style stuffed peppers) in an easy, comforting soup. It is a filling meal for the whole family. This soup includes the flavors of caramelized roasted peppers stuffed with beef, onions, tomatoes, and rice. Gemista<https://www.dimitrasdishes.com/gemista-stuffed-roasted-tomatoes-and-bell-peppers/> is not a quick, throw-together meal, but we love it. I turn it into a comforting soup to get the same flavors in a fraction of the time. And it’s a good way to use leftover rice or pasta. You can put it right in the soup to create a complete meal — or spoon it over rice or pasta to make a stew-like meal. Either way, you’ll be eating stuffed peppers in no time.”

Dimitra adds, “In Greece, produce is available only when it’s in season. If you have a farmer’s market nearby, purchase local and in-season vegetables for maximum flavor. I grew up in a traditional Greek family in New York. All our meals were homemade, every gathering took place around a table full of traditional food that was shared with our loved ones. My summers spent visiting family on the beautiful island of Crete are filled with memories of my grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles, making and sharing our food while creating memories and the traditions that I now get to pass down to my children.”

“In 2008, in the middle of the Great Recession, my husband and I, without any experience in the food business, opened our first restaurant and ran it together as a family for 10 years. We sold it in 2018 to spend more time as a family and so that I could focus full-time on sharing these recipes with my readers. A few years after opening, our customers requested cooking classes, which led to my YouTube video tutorials on Dimitra’s Dishes, then to the creation of my website where the recipes are available, and finally, the beginning of writing cookbooks. The best part about this dream come true is the emails and messages that I receive from my many readers. I love reading them and hearing your stories and supportive comments.”

Dimitra’s Dishes’ Greek-Style Stuffed Pepper Soup: Gemista Soup (Photos courtesy https://www.dimitrasdishes.com)


1 pound lean ground beef

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3-4 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

5-6 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 or 3 large bell peppers (yellow, red or orange), seeded and diced

1 28 oz. can crushed or diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt, to taste

1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

1/2 teaspoon dried dill

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

2-3 cups chicken, beef or vegetable broth

1 cup cooked basmati rice

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Feta cheese and Kalamata olives for serving


In a large soup pot, add the onion, bell peppers, and olive oil with a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat until soft and golden for about 10 minutes.

Add the garlic and warm through for a few seconds until fragrant. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Add the tomatoes, broth, salt, pepper, dill, and red pepper flakes and bring to a full boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 30-35 minutes. Add the rice and oregano, and stir. Cook a few minutes longer.

Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed and warm through.

Dimitra says, “We serve this soup with a creamy feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and crusty toasted bread. The bread soaks up all the delicious broth. We rarely have leftovers, but if you do, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.”

For this recipe, go to: https://www.dimitrasdishes.com/greek-style-stuffed-pepper-soup-gemista-soup/

Watch the how-to video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mE84HFdaFY

The Brunch Table: Recipes, Menus, & Gameplans to Cook, Share, & Create Memories.  This new eBook features 60 of Dimitra’s favorite brunch recipes. Find Greek-inspired brunch ideas for any kind of holiday entertaining. Some of these recipes have been featured on Dimitra’s Dishes website and YouTube channel. They have been upgraded to contain make-ahead tips and shortcuts. Order at: https://www.dimitrasdishes.com/product/the-brunch-table-recipes-menus-gameplans-to-cook-share-create-memories-ebook-digital-download/

For Dimitra’s YouTube videos and Greek recipes, go to: https://www.youtube.com/c/DimitrasDishes/featured

For Dimitra’s Best Greek Spanakopita (Updated), go to: https://www.dimitrasdishes.com/the-best-spanakopita-recipe-updated/

For Dimitra’s Greek Lentil Tabbouleh Salad, go to: https://www.dimitrasdishes.com/greek-lentil-tabbouleh-salad/

For Koulourakia: Greek Butter Cookies, go to: https://www.dimitrasdishes.com/koulourakia-greek-butter-cookies/

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