Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins
I find this absolutely addictive. It is super easy to make, yet tastes like it's been cooking for hours. With a nice salad and some ciabatta bread, it makes a satisfying meal. Or, it would make an elegant and awesome first course for your dinner party or special meal.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with basil oregano and garlic
- 1 lb medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 8 ounces small raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup water
- cayenne pepper, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- chopped fresh basil, to taste
- Heat oil over medium heat in large stockpot or saucepan.
- Add celery and onion, and cook until translucent and tender.
- Pour in tomatoes and their liquid.
- Heat to a simmer.
- Add medium shrimp, return to a simmer, and cook until shrimp turn pink.
- Add small shrimp, and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Stir in heavy cream and water and bring to a simmer.
- Season to taste with cayenne and black pepper.
- Sprinkle fresh basil over soup and stir in just to wilt it.
We really enjoyed this tasty soup with some french bread last night! The only change I made was to pulse half of the tomatoes briefly in the food processor to reduce some of the tomato chunks. And I had to add some Lawry's at the end, because I thought it would have enough salt with the canned tomatoes, but it just needed a little more. The reason for only 4 stars instead of 5 is that the soup tasted great, but didn't have any shrimp flavor. Unless the spoonful included a shrimp, the soup otherwise just tasted like creamy tomato soup. I'm not sure how to increase the shrimp flavor - possibly using fish stock?