It seems that there is a National day for pretty much any food! October 19 is National Seafood Bisque Day. I thought it would be fun to cook up a big batch of shrimp chowder with bacon, corn and fresh thyme. It is the perfect choice for a one pot meals soup recipe for the cool autumn nights!
I am not normally much of a soup or chowder lover but I really enjoy it when the cool weather rolls around This hot shrimp chowder is hearty and thick with the goodness of fresh thyme and smoked paprika mixed with pan fried bacon, heavy cream and corn kernels.
Any seafood tastes great in a chowder. See my recipe for light seafood chowder for another tasty idea.
Making this bacon and fresh thyme shrimp chowder.
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This soup has a fairly long list of ingredients but is surprisingly easy to make. It comes together in one pot, bit by bit, adding layers of flavor with each new ingredient addition. I cooked the whole recipe in a Dutch oven to save on clean up later. Don’t you love one pot meals?
The bacon is cooked first. I cut it into small pieces and cooked it till crispy and then took it out to drain on paper towels.
Next, I left about a tablespoon of the bacon fat and added the shrimp. Be sure to de-vein the shrimp to give the best presentation. It just took a few minutes of cooking and then I set the shrimp aside with the bacon pieces.
In go the the onions and garlic. Can you see the way the flavors build on each other? Each new layer builds on the one before to give amazing flavor to this dish.
Spices, and fresh thyme adds more taste to the dish. My kitchen has a wonderful aroma right about now! Just add the spices to the onions and garlic and give everything a good stir to combine the flavors.
Skim milk, heavy cream and corn kernels add the last few flavors and then half of the soup mixture is blended with an immersion blender to a smooth consistency. This gives the chowder the perfect blend of a smooth soup with some texture from the the other half of the corn and onions mixture. (I jusr removed half of the soup, blended the other half and combined the two back in the pan.)
The final touches are to add back the bacon and shrimp to the creamy soup and then thicken it with a bit of arrowroot or cornstarch mixed with some chicken stock.
Serve hot, garnished with some fresh thyme and a few pieces of reserved bacon.
Tasting the creamy shrimp chowder.
It’s time to grab a spoon and dig into this amazing shrimp chowder. And make the spoon a big one! Those lovely chunks of shrimp will want the perfect resting spot before it hits your mouth.
This shrimp chowder is perfectly seasoned with just a hint of spice that comes from the red pepper flakes. Add some crusty homemade Italian bread to complete the meal.
Fall comfort food doesn’t get any better than this! It makes the perfect starter to a main meal. This chowder also makes a wonderful main meal soup.
Your family will just love the taste of this thick and creamy shrimp chowder. It has a super rich flavor and comes together quickly. It will become a family favorite, for sure.
This hearty shrimp chowder is one of my favorite comfort food fall recipes. It has been slimmed down by using half skim milk instead of all cream. Thickening it with stock and arrowroot powder means that I can totally omit any cheese. It works out to 445 calories each and tastes out of this world.
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 445Total Fat: 17.6gSaturated Fat: 8.6gUnsaturated Fat: 1.3gCholesterol: 181.6mgSodium: 951.7mgCarbohydrates: 40.2gFiber: 4.0gSugar: 10.1gProtein: 30.8g