Best Comfort Food to Pack On The Go: Creole Shrimp Soup

Best Comfort Food presents a hot meal you can take to work or school.  Our recipes are quick, easy and less than 30 minutes to cook.  Cook our recipes the night before, refrigerate and reheat the next day.  Or, on the other hand, you can cook our meals and freeze them for next week’s lunch.  Our special today is Creole Shrimp Soup

Comfort Food: Creole Shrimp Soup

One serving             calories 160             proteins 14 g           carbohydrates 12 g

Fat 7 g                       cholesterol 125 mg            sodium 371 mg

Prep time 17 minutes                   cooking time 19 minutes

Food Notes–  for this Louisiana favorite add as much hot red pepper sauce as your taste buds will allow. Although frozen shrimp works fine, the flavor of fresh would reward you. Serve the soup with a loaf of crusty bread on the side.

1 bag (12 ounces)Frozen uncooked, shelled, and divined shrimp

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) Butter or margarine

1 Medium size white onion

½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crumbled

1 medium size green bell pepper

2 ½ teaspoons all purpose flour

1 can (14 ½ or 16 ounce), peeled potatoes

¼ teaspoon hot red pepper sauce, or to taste

1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley

One small bay leaf

1 ½ cups water salt to taste

Thaw shrimp by placing it in a colander under luke warm running water. Meanwhile, finally chop onion; seed and coarsely chop bell pepper. Coarsely chop tomatoes, reserving the liquid.

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In a large sauce pan melt butter over moderate heat. Add the the onion and sauté until soft, about five minutes. Stir in the green pepper, parsley, thyme, Bayleaf, and hot pepper sauce; sauté for one minute. Stir in flour until well mixed.

Add the tomatoes with their liquid, and water; bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for five minutes. Add the shrimp and continue simmering, covered, until the shrimp is cooked through, about five more minutes. Discard the Bayleaf; season the soup with salt to taste. Ladel the soup into bowls and serve immediately.

Happy Eating !

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