Gimme Some Oven Blog: Jambalaya Soup

Hi! We know, we know. It’s been a pretty quiet month here over at Kneading + Knives, with my co-blogger Lisa away on a mini-vacay and with myself under the weather.

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But a couple of days before I descended through the nine gates of hell thanks to the flu, I made Gimme Some Oven’s Jambalaya Soup. And I’ll be damned… it was sinfully good!

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Super easy to follow, this recipe makes loads of soup (actually, I’d be inclined to call this a stew), so it’s perfect to make on a Sunday night for dinners and lunches for the week. We’re big fans of Cajun food at my place, so I was eager to break out some of my favourite spices:

IMG_7867 IMG_7868 IMG_7869.JPGMy amendments included Chorizo versus Andouille sausage (as I still haven’t found the latter in any of my local supermarkets), and a few extra cloves of garlic. I skipped the jalapeño pepper in favour of some extra hot sauce.

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Recipe Rating: 5 Knives out of 5

Bon appétit!
Cindy

*****

Jambalaya Soup

This Jambalaya Soup recipe can be made with shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage — or all three! It’s easy to make, and so hearty and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 3 small bell peppers, cored and diced (I used a mix of colors)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper*, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup uncooked white or brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning** (add more/less to taste)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt and pepper
  • (optional garnishes: chopped fresh parsley, thinly-sliced green onions, hot sauce)

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and sausage, and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, bell peppers, celery, onion, jalapeño, and stir to combine.  Continue sautéing for 5-6 more minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the garlic, and sauté for 1 more minute until the garlic is fragrant, stirring occasionally.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture, and stir to combine.  Continue cooking for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  3. Gradually stir in the chicken stock, then add the crushed tomatoes, rice, Cajun seasoning, bay leaves and dried thyme.  Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer.  Then reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue simmering the soup for 15 more minutes — being sure to stir the soup occasionally (yes, more!) so that the rice doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pot — until the rice is cooked and tender.
  4. Stir in the shrimp and continue cooking for 5 more minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked through (it should be pink and opaque, not gray).
  5. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.  Then serve warm, topped with your desired garnishes if desired.

*If you’d like a spicier soup, feel free to add in a second jalapeno pepper.  Or you can always add in a pinch or two of cayenne at the end of the cooking time, when you’re seasoning the soup with salt and pepper.

**Different brands of Cajun seasoning vary dramatically in terms of flavor, spiciness and saltiness.  So if you’re cooking with one that’s new to you, I recommend starting with just 1 tablespoon of seasoning, and then adding more at the end to taste.

Recipe from http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/jambalaya-soup/

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