Rachelle's Shrimp Bisque

This soup is hearty and concentrated with the sumptuous flavors of the sea.

January-February 2012 | By
Rachelle's Shrimp Bisque
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Fish and Seafood



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January-February 2012

This soup is hearty and concentrated with the sumptuous flavors of the sea. Rich in cancer fighting minerals and lycopene, it offers a step towards good health in every sip. Pair with Ham and Garden Fresh Deli Sandwich


Prep Time
40 minutes 
Cooking Time
1 hour 15 minutes


For the shrimp stock
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
500 grams medium
      shrimp, peeled, deveined,
      shells reserved
5 cups fish stock or clam juice
1 bay leaf

2 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced peeled tomatoes
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whipping cream
salt and pepper, to taste
chopped green onions for garnish (optional)


Make the shrimp stock: In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add shrimp shells and sauté until color changes to pink. Add stock and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain stock and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and sauté shrimp just until they turn pink. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Using the same pot, heat remaining oil. Saute onions and garlic until fragrant. Add carrots and sauté until tender. Add tomato paste and cook for a minute. Add tomatoes and stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook for 15 minutes.

Set aside 12 pieces of cooked shrimp. Add the remaining shrimps to the soup. Purée soup in a food processor in batches. Strain through a coarse sieve set over a large bowl.

Using the same saucepan, melt the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add the puréed soup and simmer until slightly thick. Add cream and season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, ladle soup into 6 bowls. Top each with 2 pieces shrimp and garnish with chopped green onions.



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