Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is modified from a Bon Appetit recipe from some years back. It is a wonderful first course, especially for those that like shrimp. The cayenne adds a nice "kick" to it as well!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in pan.
  2. Add onion and garlic and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add broth and rice and bring to boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Mix in most of shrimp (reserve 6 for garnish).
  7. Cover and simmer until shrimp is heated through (1-2 minutes).
  8. Puree soup with shrimp in blender or in pan with hand blender (much easier) Return soup to pan.
  9. Whisk in tomato paste, cayenne pepper and tarragon.
  10. Gradually whisk in half/half.
  11. Bring soup to simmer.
  12. Garnish with reserved shrimp.
Most Helpful

This was just what I needed to soothe my poor sick self. I stuck fairly close to the original recipe, just adding a couple carrots and two sticks of celery (I made a double batch) to pump up the veggie content. It was wonderfully comforting, had a lovely seafood flavour to it and went down a treat. I'm sure the pot won't last long!

Sackville July 14, 2002

Ahhhh this tasted so good. I followed your instructions exactly, and the end result was a beautiful, comforting bisque. A real treat that I will be making over and over again. Thanks for sharing another great recipe. :-)

Merlot March 15, 2003

Delightful. I made the recipe as written but reduced the amount of cayenne significantly

iris5555 October 09, 2012