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New Orleans Gumbo

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.

Makes

8 servings

I’ve been making this New Orleans gumbo for at least 30 years. I’m originally from New Orleans, and I think it’s a nice taste of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter). Everyone who tastes this gumbo wants the recipe. It’s an old standby for my family, who requests it frequently. —Dolores M. Bridges, Danville, Kentucky
New Orleans Gumbo Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked converted rice
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Stir in the rice, celery, onion and garlic. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the tomatoes, chicken, kielbasa, thyme, pepper, bay leaves and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine flour and water until smooth; gradually stir into chicken mixture. Stir in shrimp and green pepper. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and gumbo is thickened. Discard bay leaves.
  4. Remove rice from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes; stir in parsley. Serve with gumbo.

What is the difference between gumbo and jambalaya?

While they’re both delicious dishes from The Big Easy, there is a difference between New Orleans gumbo and jambalaya. Gumbo is typically a meat-based stew served alongside rice, while jambalaya features meat and rice cooked in the same pot.

Can I freeze gumbo?

Yes! And for this recipe, we recommend freezing the New Orleans gumbo and rice in separate containers—otherwise the rice will soak up all of the liquid and become soggy. For more guidance, check out our complete guide to freezing soup.
Editor's Note
What is the difference between gumbo and jambalaya?
While they’re both delicious dishes from The Big Easy, there is a difference between New Orleans gumbo and jambalaya. Gumbo is typically a meat-based stew served alongside rice, while jambalaya features meat and rice cooked in the same pot. Can I freeze gumbo?
Yes! And for this recipe, we recommend freezing the New Orleans gumbo and rice in separate containers—otherwise the rice will soak up all of the liquid and become soggy. For more guidance, check out our complete guide to freezing soup.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 339 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 841mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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