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Made in one pot, this shrimp and rice soup is super easy to prepare. In only 30 minutes, you´ll have a delicious hearty soup that the entire family will love.
I am riding the train on my commute back home as I write this. Definitely a first for me. I’ve always been intrigued by those people who pull out their laptops immediately after boarding the train on their morning commute and start working. Really, I see them everyday. Those people begin their work day way before they get to the office, and I’ve always asked myself why.
Well, today I am one of those people. The only difference is that I’ve pulled out my laptop and began working on my afternoon commute on my way home and not the other way around. Also, I know perfectly well why I chose to write this post on the train rather than after I have gotten home.
I simply want to spend more time with my kids.
By writing this post on the train, I get to go home and enjoy the evening spending mindful, quality time with my children after a long day of hard work. I get to attentively listen to my daughter tell me all about her day at school and what she did today during music theater workshop. Who knows? She might even sing me a song.
I get to listen to my son tell me about gym class and how many hoops he made today. He might tell me about his new girlfriend (he changes girlfriends about every 1-2 months). He might want to read me a book. We can all watch a family show together before bedtime, my daughter, my son, my husband and I.
So yes, I get it now. Why people get work done on the train? They do it to get ahead on their work time, so that they can go home and not worry about what they still need to get done.
And yes, I could have left this post for another day, but I really wanted to share this recipe with you because it’s just too good to leave for another day.
In my beloved Dominican Republic, this dish is called Asopao. This recipe happens to be made with shrimp, but we also make it with chicken, sausage and even guandules, although that one is called chambre. The dish is usually consumed during cold, rainy days and made in big batches to feed a crowd. Served with a side of tostones and avocados.
It’s also the perfect dinner for a when you have just gotten home from work right after writing an article for your blog on the train, and don’t want to spend too long in the kitchen because all you really want to do is spend the evening hugging, kissing and apapachando your children.
Go ahead! Give it a try.
Shrimp and Rice Soup (Asopao de Camarones)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon sazón (culantro and achiote)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cube chicken bouillon
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons sofrito
- 1 celery stick , chopped
- 1 pound shrimp , cleaned and deveined
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup rice
- 1/2 teaspoon adobo
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Heat oil in a large cast iron pot over medium heat.
- Add sazón, black pepper, chicken bouillon, oregano, tomato sauce, sofrito and celery stick. Sautee for 2 minutes. Add shrimp and let cook until it begins to release water, about 5 minutes.
- Add water and bring to a boil. When the water begins to boil, add the rice. Stir occasionally to avoid rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add adobo and vinegar.
- Let it simmer until rice has cooked, about 15-20 minutes.
- Serve warm.