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Paella Soup

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ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 76277

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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup white rice
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands -- crushed
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 cups chicken stock
kosher salt
1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 pound large uncooked shrimp -- shelled and deveined
3 ounces Spanish chorizo sausage -- cut into thin rounds or diced
1 cup fresh peas -- or frozen peas that have been defrosted
1/2 cup diced cooked chicken -- preferably white meat (optional)
2 teaspoons chopped chives


In large, heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion, carrot and celery, and sauté until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add rice, saffron, wine and stock, and bring to a simmer. Season with 1 teaspoon salt. Bring mixture to a simmer and reduce heat. Cover and cook at a simmer until vegetables and rice are soft, about 20 minutes.

Remove from heat; cool mixture 10 minutes. Puree soup in food processor, blender or food mill, and return soup to pot. (You can also use an immersion blender to puree soup in pot.) Stir in cream. (Soup can be prepared 1 day ahead; cool, cover and refrigerate.)

Place over low heat and, when mixture comes to a simmer, add shrimp, chorizo, peas and, if desired, chicken. Cook until shrimp have turned pink and curled, about 3 minutes. Do not overcook or shrimp will become tough. Season with additional salt to taste. Ladle soup into individual bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of chives.

Terry's Notes: I use leftover roast chicken (bought at the supermarket), but you can omit it.

The recipe can easily be doubled.

Satisfying but not heavy, paella soup makes an ideal entree for summertime entertaining. The base of the soup can be prepared and the garnishes readied a day ahead so that at serving time, all that is necessary is to simmer the shrimp and other additions for a few minutes. Offer this delectable dish with a green salad and some crusty bread for lunch or a light supper. Don't be surprised if guests ask for the recipe.

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