Fresh Corn Chowder with Bacon & Barbecued Shrimp

IMG_3090“Man, this soup is delicious.” That was my better half’s reaction to this soup.

IMG_3079 This soup contains everything you should love. Bacon, Corn and Shrimp. I mean…IMG_3080

I’ve been fighting off a cold, so I was in the mood for soup. This isn’t exactly what I would consider a close cousin to Chicken Noodle Soup, but when you’re sick, it’s a great comforting soup. IMG_3082 When you’re not sick….it’s just a delicious, tasty soup. To me, it’s a win-win.IMG_3084 And then there’s barbecued shrimp. I made a major error….I underestimated the amount of shrimp we had on hand. 7 little (jumbo) shrimp. 7. Who left only 7 shrimp in the bag? That might of been me…it may not have been. The jury is still out.IMG_3088At any rate, some delicious, juicy shrimp, and some nice, crispy apple wood smoked bacon on top….Amazing. 

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did. It was so good! IMG_3089 Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1 cup of diced potatoes
  • 4 cups of fresh corn cut off the cob (frozen works well, also)
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 pound of raw peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the bacon slices and cook until crispy and golden brown. Remove bacon and let drain on a paper towel. Add onions and peppers to the pot with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Whisk in the flour, cooking for 1-2 minutes or until flour becomes golden in color and smells a bit nutty. Add chicken stock, potatoes, and corn. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  2. While soup is simmering (or before or after or whenever is convenient for you), heat your grill on the highest setting. You could also use a saute pan on medium high heat. Season shrimp with salt and pepper, brush with a thin layer or barbecue sauce, then cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from grill and toss with remaining barbecue sauce.
  3. Once soup has slightly thickened and the potatoes have started to break down, stir in milk and cream. Add 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, then season according to your tastes. Serve in bowls topped with the crumbled bacon and shrimp. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to one week.

IMG_3091Adapted from How Sweet Eats. Originally from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Spicy Chicken Sausage, Kale & Orecchiette Soup

This soup. I don’t even know where to begin. It’s absolutely delicious…and it has kale; so it has to be 100% healthy, right? Maybe not….but at any rate, it’s better than many other dishes!
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What is there not to love about spicy chicken sausage, pasta, kale and Parmesan cheese? Oh yeah, AND red pepper flakes. To me, it is the ultimate.
After we first made this recipe, I sent it to my mom to try. She immediately made it for she and my dad. Now, let me preface. My dad is not what I would consider a “healthy eater.” He’s not big on salads as a meal, and would rather eat a nice big bowl of pasta or a juicy burger if he was going out to eat. “Soup” and “Kale” are not typically at the top of his vocabulary. My mom said he raved about this soup. He talked about it for days and asked her to make it again. You know that means it’s a good soup. We have loved it, and we hope you will as well.
Spicy Chicken Sausage, Kale & Orecchiette Soup
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Ingredients:
·      2 tablespoons olive oil
·      1 sweet onion, diced
·      1/4 teaspoon salt
·      1/4 teaspoon black pepper
·      1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
·      4 garlic cloves, minced
·      6 cups low-sodium chicken stock
·      1 pound spicy Chicken sausage
·      1 cup orecchiette pasta
·      4 cups fresh kale, remove from stems and torn into pieces
·      1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus more for sprinkling
Directions:
  1. Heat a large pot over medium-low heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion with the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and stir. Cook until onions soften, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 more minute, then add the chicken stock, increase the heat to medium-high and bring the liquid to a boil.
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  2. While the stock is heating up, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the sausage from the casing (if it’s in casing) and add it to the skillet with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the sausage is browned, about 6 to 8 minutes, breaking it into smaller pieces (or whatever size you desire) with a wooden spoon. Turn off the heat.
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  3. When the stock is boiling, add the pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, just until it’s al dente. Add the kale and stir well, cooking for 2 more minutes. Stir in the cheese, then taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired. You can add all of the sausage into the soup or serve the soup into bowls and add the sausage on top per serving. Serve with extra cheese for grating.
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Adapted from How Sweet Eats