Soups and Salads

Spicy Prawn Soup

Quick and healthy, this Spicy Prawn Soup was made for busy weeknights and cold winter months.

Oh no! The rains have begun. Which means if this year is anything like last year, we’re in for several wet, cold months ahead. The bright side of all this yucky weather ahead, is that it also means that it’s soup making season. I love a good bowl of soup to warm up with and this is one of my favourites. It’s quick to whip up, hearty and loaded with veggies. That’s a healthy bowl of comfort food, if you ask me.

Though you could tweak this recipe several different ways, the version I’ve written below is my favourite. I love that it’s filling and comforting, but still feels light. If thicker soup is your thing, you could easily add a bit more fusilli. Adding 2 cups, instead of one gives it a more stew like consistancy. Still delicious, just a bit heartier. If you’re not a seafood fan, you could sub in some cooked chicken instead of the prawns. You could even try mixing up the veggies. That’s really what cooking is about and a great way to approach most recipes. Take the basic idea and then tweak according to your taste. Experiment by adding or taking away some ingredients or spices. It’s sometimes pretty amazing what the addition of one little spice can do.

However you decide to cook this soup up, it’s quick and easy. Perfect for a busy night and a great way to warm up through the cold winter months.

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Cup onion, diced

1 Cup fennel, diced

2 carrots, diced

3 celery stalks diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

4 Cups chicken stock

398 mL diced tomatoes

1 tbsp dried oregano

pinch of chili flakes (more if you like it spicier)

1 Cup whole wheat fusilli

20 prawns

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions, fennel, carrots, celery and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes until starting to sweat. Stir in the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, oregano and chili flakes. Bring to a boil and then stir in the fusilli noodles. Continue cooking until the noodles are “al dente” about 6 – 8 minutes. Stir in the prawns and cook for 2 – 3 minutes longer until the prawns are cooked through. Enjoy!


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