Let’s face it, summer left and the chilly nights and breezy cool days are here. It’s the perfect weather for soup! And I make every kind of soup you can think of and then some. I love soup and my freezer is stocked with homemade soups. Mostly hearty, thick and creamy soups, my favorite. This is one of my best soup recipes and I make it often. I start off with a base of bacon drippings to make the soup base. Whoa, did someone says bacon?
Shrimp Corn Chowder
4 strips of bacon
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup low sodium chicken broth (or more if needed)
1 cup milk
1 bay leaf
1 cup heavy cream
2 large potatoes cut into cubes
4 cups of frozen or canned corn, drained
½ pound medium shrimp, de veined, peeled, no tails
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
Salt and finely ground pepper to taste
Place bacon in a large pot over medium high heat. Cook until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove onto a paper towel lined plate. Leave fat in pot.
Lower heat to medium. Add butter to the same pot. Once melted, add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute. Then, add in your carrots and celery and saute for 5 minutes.
Add the flour and stir until you have a paste. Continue to cook and stir for at least 2 minutes to cook out the flour taste.
Add chicken broth, milk, potatoes, Old Bay seasoning and the bay leaf. Turn heat back up to medium high. Allow soup to come to a slow boil. Turn heat down to low.
Stir in corn and heavy cream and cook for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through and tender. If you want a thinner consistency, add more chicken broth until you get the consistency you want. On the other hand, if you want a thicker consistency, mix ¼ cup of corn starch with enough water to make a paste and stir into soup.
Once you have the right consistency, stir in your shrimp and cook for 5 more minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with chopped bacon and parsley.
Photography is the property of and copyrighted to Welcome Home.