Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Garlic Soup with Shrimp

Garlic Soup with Shrimp

Baby it's cold outside!! I think Mary said it best yesterday, but we here in LA are weather wimps!!! The heat currently is not working my apartment and the last two nights I have slept with a quilt, a blanket, socks, a turtleneck, a hoodie and a SNUGGIE!! (Proof is here) Seriously. I am so in love with the Snuggie. One of the best presents ever (thanks Glen!!). Anyway, it started cooling down over the weekend and I knew I desperately needed some soup to warm myself up. I knew I would want some bread with it so I whipped up a batch of no knead bread. It's been a while since I have made it, but honestly, making that bread is like riding a bicycle. You never forget. This soup is quick cooking so you will be warmed up in no time. I am a huge fan of clear broth soups versus the chunky stuff so this is right up my alley. I think next time I will cook the garlic with the broth to give the broth more garlic flavor, but the sweet garlic was great with the toasty bread and shrimp. I could slurp this down all day. I may need to if that heat never gets turned on!!

Garlic Soup with Shrimp

Garlic Soup with Shrimp
(Adapted from Mark Bittman)

Makes 2 servings

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 medium to large cloves garlic, peeled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 thick slices French or Italian bread
3 cups shrimp stock, chicken stock, water or a combination
10 large shrimp, peeled (deveining is optional)
Minced fresh parsley leaves for garnish (optional)

Combine olive oil and garlic in a deep skillet or broad saucepan and turn heat to medium. Sprinkle cloves lightly with salt and pepper, and cook, turning occasionally, until they are tender and lightly browned all over, about 10 minutes; lower heat if they seem to be browning too quickly. Remove garlic with a slotted spoon.

Turn heat to low and add bread; cook on each side until nicely browned, about 4 minutes total. Remove bread, add stock and raise heat to medium high.

When stock is nearly boiling, add shrimp and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until shrimp are pink, about 2-4 minutes. Place a piece of bread and some garlic cloves in each bowl; then ladle in a portion of soup and shrimp. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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23 comments:

Daniel@thefoodaddicts said...

Perfect for the chilly weather we have been getting. :)

The Food Librarian said...

I'm so coming over for some of this soup! I want to get a Snuggie!

Erica said...

Stay warm over there! This looks very tasty. I love Garlic.

Maria said...

Thanks for posting this. I wanted garlic soup ever since you tweeted about it:)

Jenn said...

A snuggie?!?! lol. I just find those things a bit odd, but I bet they do keep you nice and warm. Anyway...I'm a garlic and shrimp lover, so this one is right up my alley. Plus, I've been in a soup kick lately and combining to three is just right.

Dawn said...

girl do not sleep in the snuggie! you won't be able to move if there is a fire! LOL I'm so serious though.
I wish I had this soup, it's snowing, again. Yeah put that garlic in there for sure.

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

Garlic soup! yum! I saw your pic in your snuggie when you tweeted it so cute! hope that heat gets turned on if not keep that oven burning hot while you are awake =)

Karen said...

This looks like such a clean, simple soup with great flavor! The crusty bread just makes it!

Mary said...

This really sounds good to me today. We are having unseasonably cold weather here and this would be a perfect warmer upper.

Shannon said...

lol, so i guess you don't want to come visit me in boston? :)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

This looks fantastic Esi! I love shrimp. I hope your heat gets fixed- you look so cute in your snuggie!

angela@spinachtiger said...

Soup and bread are perfection. LA nights can be cold. I always used an electric blanket in winter, but never a snuggie, which I could use right now.

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Diana said...

Too funny - my friend and I were hysterically laughing about Snuggies last night. She doesn't have heat in her apartment either and I told her she needed to get one! I kind of want one too :)

Kerstin said...

What a gorgeous soup! It's freezing here today and I would love to warm up with a bowl of it!

Foodycat said...

This is definitely one to add to my list of garlic soups!

kellypea said...

Definitely a warmer upper in the weather we've been having lately! Sounds healthy and easy, too :) I don't have a snuggie, but I did finally get some slippers AND turned on the heater. Brrrrrr!

Junglefrog said...

Haha... great photo of you in the snuggie... :) It's getting pretty cold here too and they're expecting snow even for next week. Your soup looks wonderful!

lisaiscooking said...

I'm definitely a cold weather wimp, and soup sounds perfect right now. Yours looks delicious with the shrimp!

Fresh Local and Best said...

It is definitely the weather for the Snuggie! What did we do before it? I adore clear broth soups, they're so savory and good for you and plus you don't have to feel guilty about sipping the rich broth through the day to keep you warm.

Maya said...

Like the freezing rain and black ice that we had here yesterday?! Great quick soup.

The Duo Dishes said...

Snuggies are awesome. That's all there is to say about that. If Snuggie+soup is how things have to be, that's just how it has to be!

Michelle said...

Every time I see one of your gorgeous photos of a dish with shrimp in it, I want to run to the market and pick some up. One day, I'll learn how to cook shrimp so it turns out like the shrimp in your pictures!