Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Shrimp Soup

There isn't much that's more comforting than a bowl of soup on a cool evening.

This recipe came to mind a few months ago after having my family over for dinner.  I made a large pot of shrimp and grits served with a creamy shrimp sauce.  One of my family members commented that the sauce would make a great soup and so this recipe was born...

1 bunch broccoli, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
1 lb large raw shrimp, peeled- devein if you prefer *save those shells!
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs butter
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp dried dill
Salt to taste

1 lb large raw shrimp shells 
4 tablespoons butter, separated 
4 cups half and half 
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
1 glove garlic, minced 
1 tablespoon dried dill
Salt and black pepper to taste 

Heat olive oil and butter over medium high heat.  Add garlic and saute until mixture is simmering and garlic is fragrant.  Add shrimp and broccoli.  Cook until shrimp is white throughout and broccoli is tender, about 5 minutes.  Add salt to taste.  Sprinkle with dill.  Set aside.  

In a large stock pot, add half and half, shrimp shells, two tablespoons of butter, minced garlic and bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook partially covered for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and season with salt pepper and dill. *Strain shells and save only the broth. In a separate pan, heat remaining two tablespoons of butter in a large sauce pan and sprinkle with the flour, always stirring. Slowly add the broth, whisking it vigorously until it thickens. 

Combine broth with shrimp and broccoli, stirring with a spoon to blend. Heat thoroughly.  Serve immediately


  1. This sounds delicious! all hand made and original, love that. Will try it soon. blessings, lady

  2. This looks so good! I'm not creative enough with food to be able to think up recipes like this. Great job!

  3. Muhhh this look delicious !!!!

  4. What a great meal for a chilly day, or any day for that matter. As always, you're making me hungry.

  5. Mmmmmm! I can practically taste this, Brandi. What a great recipe and so easy, too. Thanks for sharing this! xx

  6. Oh my goodness this soup looks so delicious....send some my way. I love shrimp :)

  7. Brandi I adore this soup and I love your blog Im following you come and see my blog if you like:)

  8. I will sure be coooking this up for hubby this weekend. Oh this looks yummy!

  9. That sounds and looks so good. I haven't had dinner yet and now I'm starving! I know my family would love this.

  10. Lovely and tasty, too!!! I think even the hubby would eat this...yay!

  11. Oh my, this sounds and looks SO yummy! My hub LOVES shrimps so, I'll definitely be trying this next week as I have even set some of my off time to try new recipes! THANK YOU so much for sharing!


  12. This soup sounds really good! Ummm....shrimp.

  13. Love me some shrimps. I've never had them in soups before, but this dish looks delicious. I gotta figure the broccoli makes the meal even more satisfying to the taste buds.

  14. We love shrimp soup. Yours sounds delicious with the dill. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures http://fooddonelight.com/thursdays-treasures-week-65/

  15. Hi, Brandi -
    Hope your Christmas was fabulous and festive! A bowl or two of your soup would be divine! It's freezing here in DC. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Cheers!


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