This Jambalaya Soup recipe can be made with shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage — or all three! It’s easy to make, and so hearty and delicious.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 pound Andouille sausage, thinly sliced into rounds
- 3 small bell peppers, cored and diced (I used a mix of colors)
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
- 1 jalapeño pepper*, seeded and finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup uncooked white or brown rice
- 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning** (add more/less to taste)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- salt and pepper
- (optional garnishes: chopped fresh parsley, thinly-sliced green onions, hot sauce)
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sausage, and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, bell peppers, celery, onion, jalapeño, and stir to combine. Continue sautéing for 5-6 more minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic, and sauté for 1 more minute until the garlic is fragrant, stirring occasionally.
- Sprinkle the flour over the mixture, and stir to combine. Continue cooking for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
- Gradually stir in the chicken stock, then add the crushed tomatoes, rice, Cajun seasoning, bay leaves and dried thyme. Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer. Then reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue simmering the soup for 15 more minutes — being sure to stir the soup occasionally (yes, more!) so that the rice doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pot — until the rice is cooked and tender.
- Stir in the shrimp and continue cooking for 5 more minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked through (it should be pink and opaque, not gray).
- Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Then serve warm, topped with your desired garnishes if desired.
*If you’d like a spicier soup, feel free to add in a second jalapeno pepper. Or you can always add in a pinch or two of cayenne at the end of the cooking time, when you’re seasoning the soup with salt and pepper.
**Different brands of Cajun seasoning vary dramatically in terms of flavor, spiciness and saltiness. So if you’re cooking with one that’s new to you, I recommend starting with just 1 tablespoon of seasoning, and then adding more at the end to taste.