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Shrimp Bisque

Shrimp stock delivers depth of flavor to this traditional soup.

Cooking/Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Serves 6

Shrimp, Soup

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 8 1/2 cups Shrimp Stock, recipe follows
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 5 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 lb. peeled and deveined large fresh shrimp
  • Garnish: dry sherry, chopped fresh parsley
  • French bread


1.) In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 6 minutes. Stir in onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and Old Bay. Cook, stirring constantly, 7 minutes.

2.) In the container of a blender, combine onion mixture and half-and-half. Blend until smooth and return to Dutch oven.

3.) Add Shrimp Stock, brandy, tomato paste, and smoked paprika. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 35 to 40 minutes. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink and firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Garnish with a drizzle of sherry and chopped parsley, if desired. Serve with French bread.