Shrimp and Zucchini Soup

Zuppa di Gamberi e Zucchine

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I am particularly fond of dishes that pair seafood with vegetables. Zucchini and shrimp are wonderfully suited to each other and make this a delicious, light, fragrant soup you can prepare in less than 45 minutes.

Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ medium yellow onion
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 rib celery
  • 12 ounces small zucchini
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon green feathery fennel tops
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound medium (21 to 25 count) shrimp in the shell

Method

  1. Peel and finely chop the onion. Peel the carrot and celery and cut into ¼-inch dice. Cut the zucchini into ½-inch dice.
  2. Put the onion, carrot, celery, and olive oil in a soup pot and place over medium-high heat. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. While the vegetables are sautéing, peel and finely chop the garlic. Finely chop enough of the fennel tops to measure 1 tablespoon. When the vegetables are ready, add the garlic and fennel. Sauté for about 1 minute, then add the zucchini. Season with salt and pepper, stir well, and add the water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat so that the soup simmers and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. While the soup is cooking, peel and devein the shrimp. Cut each shrimp into 4 pieces. After the soup has cooked for 20 minutes, add the shrimp, season with salt, and cook until the shrimp are pink through and through, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve at once.

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