Brazilian Prawn Soup
This prawn soup is a very special recipe to me as it is one of my husband’s favourite dishes. So when we recently celebrated the completion of our new home in Portugal this was on the menu for our celebratory. Along with a freshly prepared lobster, it was the perfect meal.
One of the main reasons we decided to relocate to Portugal was because of the vast abundance of amazing seafood, fresh fruit and local produce, all readily available for me to use in my future recipes. I cannot wait to share some traditional Portuguese recipes with you soon.
However, for now, we are going Brazilian with this prawn soup, creamy and garlicky but also full of vegetables for an extra burst of goodness.
Serve this with some freshly baked crusty bread as a light lunch along with a glass of crisp white wine, I cannot think of a better combination.
- 500 g/18 oz raw prawns
- 30 g/1 oz butter
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 stick of celery
- 1 carrot
- ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
- ½ tsp Paprika
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 100 ml/3.5 fl oz white wine
- 70 g/2.5 oz button mushrooms
- 200 ml/7 fl oz double cream
- Small handful of parsley
- Salt to taste
- 1 fresh red chilli optional
Remove prawns from the shells and place the empty shells in a large pan, this will create the prawn soup stock
Cover with water and bring to the boil, boil for 30 minutes then strain through a sieve and retain the stock in a bowl for later
Remove the veins from the prawns with a small sharp knife and refrigerate until required
In a large pan melt the butter over a medium heat
Finely chop the onion, garlic and celery, grate the carrot and add them all to the melted butter. Saute for 10 minutes stirring constantly to avoid the ingredients sticking to the pan
Stir in the cayenne pepper, paprika and black pepper, add the white wine and simmer on a low heat until reduced
Slice the button mushrooms as finely as possible and add to the soup. Turn the heat up to high and add the prawns, stirring gently for three minutes. Add the stock and reduce the heat until simmering then remove from heat
Stir in the cream and chopped parsley and serve with finely chopped chilli sprinkled on top if preferred
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