Potato Soup with Shrimp

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Potato Soup with Shrimp Potato Soup with Shrimp Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Difficulty: Easy

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grated sharp cheddar cheese, for garnish
sprig of dill, optional garnish
crumbled bacon bits, for garnish
1 lb medium shrimp
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup half-and-half
4 cup milk: whole, reduced fat (2%), or low fat (1%)
2   chicken bouillon cubes, dissolved in 1/2 cup hot milk
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
8   medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2   medium carrots, diced about the same size as the onion
1   small onion, diced
1/2   stick butter





In a 4-quart saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onion and carrots until both are slightly tender, about 5 minutes.  Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Add the potatoes, milk, and dissolved bouillon cubes.  Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are very soft and some of them have begun to dissolve into mush.  Add the half-and-half, salt, and pepper.

In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups lightly salted water to a boil.  Add the shrimp all at once and stir well.  Watch the shrimp closely; as soon as they all turn pink, about 2-3 minutes, turn off the heat and drain. The shrimp should be slightly undercooked.  When they are cool, peel them, and chop roughly into big chunks.  Add the shrimp to the soup and stir well.  Serve soup sprinkled with bacon bits and grated cheddar cheese.

Cook’s Note: If you don’t have access to shrimp, use corn.

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My daughter made this Christmas. It was so good I am making it for Super Bowl!

By Mary Williams on January 31, 2014


Paula I just love you and your recipes, I hope one day I can meet you and eat at one of your wonderful restaurants. .

By Sheila Schwarz on December 31, 2013


Happy Holidays Paula to you and your love ones may the new year bring you peace and contiued prosperty.

By ivy on December 12, 2013


We love you Paula! Your recipes are my gold at the end of the rainbow! We love your Potato Soup! Please don't allow "crap" to affect you!! You're my absolute favorite cook & charmer to boot!!! With love to you, Michael & your talented sons!!

By Diana Russo on October 04, 2013


Hello Mdm Deen...I always watch your show at Food Network and i love your food...most especially i love to listen to your quote Yum Yoo unquote. I love it when you say it. Glad to know your recipe and yummy yoo. I will never miss to watch your show in the cable. More power to you and your family.

By Tessie D. Beloria on February 09, 2013


Made this tonight and I couldn't get it to thicken up. Followed directions exactly but was disappointed, taste was okay but not over the top as expected. Could I have done something different to get it thicker (like the picture)?

By Brenda on January 29, 2013


Hi Ms.Deen love your show .My mom would never miss your show well she is now watching you from heaven.I have tryed some if your great food.looking foward in fixing up shrimp and potatie dish.

By Carlos on January 07, 2013


This soup is so good. We love it, my boys wanted to make it more aften for them. They love the shrimp, we went to Lafayette to buy a fresh shrimp. LCH don't have a fresh fish and we don't like frozen fish we just eat everything fresh, but we are having hard time in LCh. We moved from Italy and we use just with fresh food. Anyway the soup was very good!!! Thank you Paula

By Valentina Summefield on January 05, 2013


THIS IS THE GREATEST !!!!!! EASY to make, it was the HIT of the party ! I have forwarded the recipe to everyone I know. Thank you Paula !

By glor on October 31, 2012


I love this soup! Our family is not big on shrimp so I just leave it out and I add corn like Paula suggests. This is a huge hit in our family.

By lovewhynot on May 25, 2012


Had a restaurant called Souper Bowl, House of 101 soups in Fresno, CA in 1978. Was a sports orientanted place with over 3000 pictures of locate athletes on the walls and Wall of Fame where people signed their names. Also had a Sure Happy It's Thursday which was called by the first letters of each word. Over 30 kegs of beer was sold on that night. We also had over 50 brands of imported beer, which was unusal in 1978. The place was a partnership of three. The concept was mine but as happens the other 2 couldn't keep their hands out of the cash and I walked away after 14 month and the place soon failed. Nice to see the Souper Bowl names lives on. Easy potato soup recipe: 6 cups diced russet potatoes 1 large onion, diced 6 cups chicken broth 8 oz cream cheese Cook potatoes, onion and broth for 10-12 minutes. Cut cream cheese in small cubes and blend into soup. Can serve as is or add other veggies. Freezes well

By David Robinson on May 11, 2012



By NICOLE on February 13, 2012


Yummy but try something unusual sometimes

By Jennifer scott on February 12, 2012


Looking for potatoe soup recipe with out Shrimp if you have one please email me. I like you was raised on good old southern cooking and I have no intention to change my diet I am 53 yrs young and in good health. Love ya hang in there.

By Patricia Brake on January 26, 2012


Paula, I watched you make this and I love Potato Soup and it looked sooo good. The next day I decided to try it, I had never cooked my potatoes in the milk before; I just want to say this was the tastiest,the creamiest potato soup I've ever had. I didn't have shrimp on hand so I made the potato soup with celery, onion, and a little celery seed. Thanks for the recipe, this will be the only way I make it from now on.

By Marilyn on December 06, 2011


me and my 9yr old son watch you all the time and everytime dinner comes around he will ask if we are maken any of your dishes lol i am always tryen someting love the southern cooks

By Mary Shears on November 30, 2011


Dear Paula; I just love your cooking, I bought taste of homes for years until they changed over to there version now. I use to pour over the books for weeks and now just one look thru and I am done not much in there I would cook. I like good old country stile. I dis like it enought I won't renew my subscription. So now I am stuck on you My sister too she will calll me to get a recipe for her too she watches you all the time too I can't I work I'm single so I cant get out of that one. I get on the computer and look stuff up , make it and take it to work and let the guys eat it,I need to cook but I dont need to eat it all and like I said cooking for one is to much. At Christmas I make all kinds of goodies and take them to friend and family guess what some of them bring the plate back so I can do it again.goto go no space left, Teresa

By Teresa Heckadon on November 20, 2011


This soup is awesome !!!! Made it for a lunch at church and it was a huge hit !!!!

By Cindy Licklider on November 13, 2011


Loved this soup! My daughter wants it again next week! It's perfect the way it is!!! My entire family including my picky boys liked it! So you know it's good!!!

By Kristy OBrien on November 08, 2011


Fantastic recipe! I have made this for several dinner parties, serving with a salad, and specialty breads. Everyone raves about this and I will be serving this Saturday evening by request for a party of eight. I will double the recipe and guarantee there will be little or no left overs. For desert, I am going to try the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake from one of your recent shows. Love your shows and all your recipes, you are the best!

By Roz Yunker on October 27, 2011

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