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Soups are an important part of the home cuisine of Peru not only because they use the freshest ingredients available in the region, but also because large pots of soup are an economical way to feed large families. This shrimp soup, known as Chupe de Camarones or Chiclayo hails from the western coast of Peru in the city of Lima, where fresh shrimp are brought in by the Humbolt Currant of the South Pacific Ocean. Here, the broth is seasoned with tomatoes and spiked with a touch of hot red peppers, and then thickened with starchy vegetables, like large-kernel corn, yuca and potatoes, and finally rice. Shrimp add a subtle sweetness and a delicate briny taste to this outstanding soup.
large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 26-30 pieces)
yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
GOYA® Minced Garlic or 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
finely chopped Rocoto Red Hot Pepper from 1 bag (1 lb.) frozen GOYA® Rocoto Red Hot Peppers, thawed, or 2 tsp. GOYA® Rocoto – Red Hot Pepper Paste
GOYA® Oregano Leaf, divided
GOYA® Chicken Bouillon mixed with 8 cups water
whole kernel corn from 1 bag (1 lb.) frozen GOYA® Whole Kernel Corn (Choclo Desgranado), thawed
chopped, thawed yellow potato from 1 bag (1 lb.) frozen GOYA® Yellow Potato (Papa Amarilla)
GOYA® Peas, thawed
chopped fresh cilantro
Season shrimp with Adobo and set aside in refrigerator.
Heat oil in large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; cook, stirring often, until onions soften, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, sofrito, Sazón, rocoto and ¼ tsp. oregano. Cook, stirring often, until tomato sauce begins to simmer, about 5 minutes.
Add chicken bouillon mixture and whole kernel corn; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in potato, yuca and rice and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and rice is tender, about 30 minutes, adding peas after 25 minutes. Add reserved shrimp; cook until pink and opaque, about 3 minutes.
Carefully break eggs into soup. Simmer, without stirring, until eggs poach in liquid and whites set, about 3 minutes.
Gently stir in cream and cilantro and cook until stew is almost boiling. Serve very hot.
Best soup. Usually if I have fresh blue crabs available I'll add those to the soup. Lends amazing flavor. I also adjust the seasoning at the end to taste, mainly adding more garlic powder and salt if necessary. I usually use whatever veggies I have on hand since i don't always have yucca available. I skip the peppers, sometimes add red pepper flakes if I want some spice.