Cream of Shrimp Soup

This Cream of Shrimp Soup recipe is an easy to prepare crowd pleaser.   Seafood is the star of the Lenten season and a year round favorite for the Southern coastal crowd.  Seafood based soups, gumbos and chowders serve up delicious one pot dinners.  Cream soups make an impressive menu addition to a special occasion luncheon, brunch or holiday dinner.  The Places In The Home gang has submitted their request for Cream of Shrimp soup for our Easter Eve dinner.

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Dave the Builder is my official would you please hand me the recipe card for _______  sous chef and taste tester extraordinaire.  He has mastered the art of recipe card retrieval without so much as a single paper cut, and is well deserving of the coveted Places In The Home 5 forks out of 5 forks for expert culinary talent.  His  “this Cream of Shrimp soup stuff is fantastic” review is spoon worthy.

Cream of Shrimp Soup recipe

 

Cream of Shrimp Soup

Ingredients

1  stick of butter

8  ounces cream cheese

2  cans cream of potato soup

1  quart half & half

1  Tablespoon liquid crab boil

red pepper to individual taste preference

salt to individual taste preference

½ lb.  prepared cooked shrimp; thawed and drained

Directions 

In a Dutch oven or large sauce pan, heat butter over medium heat, stirring to melt butter.  Add cream cheese to melted butter and allow to melt.  Stir in potato soup; blend well to remove chunks. Stir in the half & half in small amounts; stirring well until mixed.  Cook for 30 minutes over medium low heat; stirring often to prevent scorching.  Stir in shrimp.  Continue to cook on medium low heat until shrimp is cooked through, 2-3 minutes.   Add the liquid crab boil and preferred seasonings to taste.  Serve immediately.

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This dish makes a great addition to a holiday dinner menu as an appetizer or first course. I serve the soup in individual soup tureens topped with a generous pinch of parsley and chives.  An Easter basket bread basket of sliced artisan breads rounds out the plated presentation and brings home the wow factor.
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