Bayou Shrimp Soup

I came across this little recipe last year at Christmas time.  Keeping with tradition my family normally comes up with a non-traditional Christmas Lunch / Dinner.  Last year we decided that we would each bring a pot of soup.  So my fiance and I pulled out our Better Homes and Gardens “Biggest Book of Soups & Stews” cookbook.  It has the favor of  gumbo / jambalaya, but is much easier to make.  The cookbook suggests 35 minutes total time from start to finish.

As made per directions the Nutritional facts per serving:  394 cal, 19g total fat (7g sat. fat), 149 mg chol, 1,278 mg sodium, 26g carbs, 2g fiber, 28g protein.  I change some of the ingredients which reduces the sodium and the cholesterol.

Ingredients:

8 oz andouille sausage or cooked smoked sausage, thinly sliced

3/4 cup chopped green sweet pepper

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 – 14oz can reduced-sodium chicken broth or 1 3/4 cups homemade

1 tablespoon of steak sauce

2 tablespoons of fresh thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dry, crushed

1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper (optional)

8 oz frozen, peeled, cooked shrimp

2 cups chopped tomatoes

1 1/2 cups cooked rice

Directions:

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1.  In a large saucepan cook and stir sausage, sweet pepper, and onion over medium-high heat for 6 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender

2.  Add broth, steak sauce, and if using, dried thyme (If not using andouille sausage, add the crushed pepper).  Bring to  a boil, reduce heat.  Simmer, covered for about 10 minutes

3.  Add shrimp, fresh thyme (if using), tomatoes, and cooked rice heat through.

4.  Enjoy!

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**Just a tip I learned last year at Christmas… add the rice to the bowl at serving time otherwise you will be eating jambalaya instead of soup.

Though the soup is wonderful when made as directed I have made some adjustments.  I normally use Butterball Polish Kielbasa turkey sausage instead of andouille sausage, at times I have also used no salt added broth and I typically add more than the recommended red pepper (I have come to love hot soups).  The last time I made this recipe I replaced the shrimp with chicken and it didn’t have much effect on the taste.

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