My mom used to cut the corn off the cob to make this soup, but I use canned cream-style corn. This is a very good dish to come home to on a chilly day.
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 celery ribs, thinly sliced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 small green pepper, chopped
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cans (14-3/4 ounces each) cream-style corn
- 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Dash hot pepper sauce
- 3 cups cooked small shrimp
- 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
- Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Carefully add flour; cook and stir until golden brown, about 6-8 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add the celery, onion, green pepper and green onions; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the corn, tomatoes, bay leaf, white pepper, cayenne and pepper sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
- Stir in shrimp and parsley; heat through. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 8-10 servings (2-3/4 quarts).
Originally published as Cajun Shrimp Soup in Country Extra January 1998, p49
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