Shrimp and sausage soup

Joined Nov 5, 2007
I have this feeling I posted this, or something similar, under a ciopinno thread some time ago. But I probably didn't have a picture.


42 oz canned diced tomatoes [ 28 + 14 ]
1 bell pepper, large dice
1 yellow onion, large dice
3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 pound italian sausage [ 3 links or a big handful of bulk ]
1 cup dry red wine
1/2 pound raw shrimp [ 26 - 30 is a good size for this ]
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp marjoram
1 tsp dried basil
2 - 3 anchovy filets
hot sauce
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Dump the cans of tomato into a big soup pot. Put over low heat. Add the bay leaf, oregano [ it's not just for pizza ] and basil. Splash in a few drops of hot sauce. Mash the anchovies a bit and add them to the pot.

In a large heavy skillet sweat the onion and bell pepper in a couple tablespoons of olive oil, with a pinch of kosher salt. When the onions start getting soft add the garlic, cook for another minute or two. Scorched garlic is not tasty.

Add the sweated veggies to the soup pot. In the same skillet, brown the sausage. If using links, remove the casings and crumble in the skillet. When brown add to the soup pot.

Deglaze the skillet with the red wine, reduce a few minutes, dump that in. Simmer for about an hour.

Peel and clean the shrimp, cut them into halves or thirds, depending on size. You just want pieces that aren't so big they'll fall off the spoon.
Put the shrimp pieces into the soup pot, simmer for 5 minutes or so until the shrimp turn opaque.

Ladle into bowls and serve.


For the sausage, take your pick of sweet, spicy, whatever. I generally use a product from a local grinder, Tuscan red wine sausage. No fennel, but extra garlic and black pepper. Great stuff. I keep meaning to try adding some fennel to this recipe, haven't done so yet.

Regarding the bell pepper- green is the usual color for ciopinno style soups, but my wife [ SWMBO ] prefers the milder, sweeter flavor of red.

You can use precooked shrimp if that's what is available. Generally when using raw, shell-on shrimp I use the shells to make a quick shrimp stock and add it in. It does add a bit more depth of flavor. And if other shellfish at the market looks good, feel free to experiment. Scallops, clams, crab, lobster will all work. I've never tried octopus in this recipe. Just don't overcook the shellfish to the point where it is tough and chewy.

The marjoram/oregano mix is up to you, it's not like there's a drastic difference between the two.

In the photo above the roll on the side is a fresh baked garlic roll. This batch could have been better, needed more garlic powder. And next time I'm putting some grated parm into the dough.

Joined Feb 13, 2008
Great looking recipe. Linda's not a big shrimp fan, so it may have to wait before I can try it. But I will try it. Oh yes. I will try it.

Joined Nov 5, 2007
The comment I just posted on the 'spice of life' thread reminded me of an addition to the soup I did not do. My wife doesn't like it, but I do. A healthy pinch of a good Spanish pimenton could kick this up a notch.

Joined Feb 1, 2007
Now that's a great sounding soup. Friend Wife and I are both shrimp lovers, so I'm anxious to give it a try.

Re: you're comment: I can definately see this with baby octopus, either alone or in conjunction with the shrimp.
Joined Aug 25, 2009
It looks like a wonderful recipe. Thank you, our family is very big on seafood .
Another great recipe to make in the next couple of weeks....

good bread, good wine....all set.

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