Sometimes an Italian-American classic needs a makeover. In a typical stuffed pepper recipe, you'll see green bell peppers stuffed with sausage, beef, rice and tomato sauce. In this recipe, the peppers are decidedly unstuffed, but all the flavors stay intact as they meld in the slow cooker. Six hours later, this delicious soup is ready to enjoy.
The soup gets a few extra hints of Italian flavor, thanks to Italian sausage, basil, oregano and garlic. A touch of red pepper flakes really pushes the soup to the next level. Toss in a Parmesan rind to add loads of umami flavor to the finished dish.