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Potato Soup with Spicy Shrimp. Photo © Petrina Tinslay
© Petrina Tinslay

Potato Soup with Spicy Shrimp

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 10

Influenced by his Turkish-American wife, Meltem, Scott Conant spices up his silky potato soup with Turkish red-pepper paste (biber salcasi), made from sweet and hot peppers. Look for the paste at Middle Eastern groceries, or use harissa instead.

video Video: Scott Conant demonstrates how to devein shrimp

  1. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 4 medium shallots, thinly sliced (1 cup)
  3. Kosher salt
  4. 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  5. One 8-ounce baking potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  6. 7 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  7. 1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp—shelled, deveined and halved horizontally
  8. 2 teaspoons Turkish red-pepper paste or harissa
  9. 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  1. In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the shallots and a pinch of salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring, until barely softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and simmer over moderate heat until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Strain the broth into a heatproof bowl and transfer the shallots and potatoes to a blender. Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil and 1 cup of the broth and puree until smooth. Return the puree to the pot. Stir in the remaining broth and season with salt. Bring the soup back to a simmer over moderate heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with the pepper paste and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt. Add the shrimp to the soup and cook just until they are pink and curled, about 1 minute. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with the scallions and serve.

Suggested Pairing

This soup is incredibly smooth and luscious. Serve it with a lively sparkling wine to give it a little lift, or pair it with an equally silky still white wine.



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