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Authentic Pepper Pot Soup Recipe
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Authentic Pepper Pot Soup

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"The authentic version uses tripe. I have never cared for tripe, myself, and I have always substituted chicken, beef, turkey, sausage or even ham instead."

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Original recipe makes 8 - 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 40 mins

    3 hrs


  1. Place the tripe or other meat that you have selected to use in a saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and turn off the heat. Allow the meat to cool a bit in the water, and then drain and rinse. Cut into 1/4 inch pieces.
  2. In a large heavy kettle, saute the bacon until clear. Add the onion, celery, leeks, parsley, and green peppers; saute until tender.
  3. Stir in beef stock, thyme, marjoram, cloves, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, and black pepper. Bring the kettle to a boil, and turn down to a simmer. Cook, covered, until meat is very tender, about 2 hours.
  4. Add the diced potato and carrots, and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Prepare the roux by stirring the flour into the melted butter or margarine, and cooking for a moment on the stove. When the soup is done to your liking, stir in the roux. Simmer, stirring all the while, until the soup thickens a bit. Correct the seasonings.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 25, 2007

I don't usually make comments about others recipes but I must about this one. This is the best Pepper Pot I have ever had, did add more red pepper about double called for, some salt 1 tsp and instead of tripe used smoked sausage. Everyone loved it!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 29, 2010

My grandmother used to make pepper pot soup and I loved it. I went searching for a recipe, found this one and made it exactly as it was. I even used tripe. Well, it was a lot of work and when it was done it wasn't very good at all. Very disappointing!

Feb 19, 2003

I don't eat tripe but my husband loves it. I made this for him for dinner he ate three bowls and told me that it was better then anyone in his family had made. I figure he's italian he should know. Thanks

Nov 03, 2003

I love Pepper Pot Soup and it just doesn't get better than this!!!!

Sep 08, 2007

Wow! I have memories of my Granny's kitchen. This soup is so very authentic. I simmered the tripe 3.5 vs. 2 hours and cut the pieces smaller. I also used fresh serrano peppers vs. the crushed red pepper. Excellent! Superb!

Mar 07, 2006

Excellent....Ol' Bill Fance could not pull the trigger on the tripe, using sausage instead. Also skipped the roux as Ol' Bill prefers a thinning soup and was still very tasty. Will definately make again.

Oct 21, 2008

This is a really great recipe. My father and his girlfriend are horrible food snobs. I gave them some of this soup for dinner on a chilly night. When they asked for the recipe, I knew I'd hit gold! Thank you! I used chicken and sweet chicken sauage instead of the tripe...just can't do tripe. Enjoy!!

Apr 14, 2005

This is an excellent recipe. Somewhat labor intensive, but worth the effort. I'd give it 5 stars except for my taste bud's linguring memories of my mother's slightly different pepper pot recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 216 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 11.7 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 9.4 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 257 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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