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Curried Butternut-Shrimp Bisque

Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Yield 9 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 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

How to Make It

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

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.