Tomato and Shrimp Soup

Now that the weather is changing in NOLA, it's time to get the soup bowls out.

While gumbo is a year round institution here, you may be craving something new for the chilly weather. Good news friends, the folks at The Kitchn are here to help with a delicious Spicy Tomato Shrimp Soup. We recently made this soup here at the Footprints headquarters, and I must say it is fantastic. It's perfect for a cozy dinner on the couch and makes a batch big enough for the whole family. 

WIthout further ado, here is the tasty goodness:

Spicy Tomato and Shrimp Soup

Ingredients (Serves 6 to 8)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 8 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 2 cups dry ditalini pasta
  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves

Directions:

Heat the oil in a 5-quart or larger Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until translucent and softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute more.

Add the tomato paste and sauté until the paste has deepened in color, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low to simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

Add the pasta and continue to simmer until it's al dente, about 10 minutes or according to package instructions. Taste and season the soup with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes as needed.

Stir in the shrimp and simmer until they are pink and opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Thinly slice the basil and serve the soup immediately, as it does not keep well, with basil sprinkled over each bowl.