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Spanish Style Shrimp Soup


This is a quick and easy soup that packs big taste. After I make roasted peppers in tomato sauce I love to use the leftovers to create this soup.

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  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, deveined, but reserve shells and tails
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, roasted, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14-oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1/2 tsp. saffron, ground, or 1/4 tsp. saffron powder


Servings 6
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 70mins


Step 1

Combine shrimp shells and tails with water, salt and pepper in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to simmer. Skim foam as it rises from the broth. After 15 minutes, strain out and discard the shells and tails, reserving broth.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the bell pepper and garlic. Sauté for a minute. Mix in the diced tomatoes with their juices and saffron. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

Add the vegetables to the broth. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add the shrimp and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, just until the shrimp turn opaque and pinkish. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.

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