Made this for "Meatless Monday." YUM!!!
Coconut milk's rich flavor will keep you coming back for more of this substantial soup. A true Brazilian version would include slices of okra, but ours is already so satisfyingly thick that we left it out.
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped (I used a Cubanelle & Jalapeno from my garden.)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup long-grain rice
- 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (from one 15-ounce can) (I used 3 Beefsteak Tomatoes from my garden, seeded and chopped, plus 2 tablespoons tomato puree.)
- 5 cups water (I used homemade chicken stock.)
- 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and cut in half horizontally
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
- In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.
- Add the rice, red-pepper flakes, salt, tomatoes, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook until the rice is almost tender, about 10 minutes.
- Stir the coconut milk into the soup. Bring back to a simmer and then stir in the shrimp. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just done, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the black pepper, lemon juice, and parsley.
Notes Variation Instead of the shrimp, use one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about three), cut crosswise into quarter-inch strips. Cook for the same amount of time.
Suggested PairingThe sweet elements here call for a somewhat assertive sweetness in the wine as well. A Vouvray demi-sec, from France's Loire Valley, ought to strike just the right balance.
~~Based on a recipe from Food & Wine