Curried Butternut-Shrimp Bisque

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes
Cook: 30 Minutes


1 pound unpeeled, medium-size fresh shrimp
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 (3-pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 (14.5-ounce) cans chicken broth, divided
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
Garnishes: whipping cream, paprika


Peel shrimp, and devein, if desired. Set aside.

Melt butter in a 4-quart heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; add onion, and sauté 7 to 8 minutes or until tender. Reduce heat to medium; add squash, and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until tender.

Add 1 can broth, shrimp, curry, and thyme, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Let cool slightly.

Process mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.

Return mixture to saucepan; add remaining broth, and bring to a boil. Stir in 1 cup whipping cream, salt, and pepper; reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes. Garnish, if desired.

November 2001
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