Shrimp and Cod Soup with Fideos
Soup season is among us. Hot and spicy soups are definitely comfort food when it comes to the colder months. There is nothing better than a warm bowl of soup when it is chilly out. One of my favorite ingredients as far as proteins when it comes to soups is shrimp. Shrimp is versatile, it can be used in a variety of soups like consomes, chowders, and of course Asian pho. It is critical to note that the base of any soup is the broth. When making a broth it is best to start with the fundamentals, that being mirepoix. Mirepoix is a carrots, onions, celery and garlic. Other essential ingredients in a broth are bay leaf, thyme, and any protein you choose. In this case shrimp. For this recipe I would recommend making the broth 1 day ahead of time for 2 reasons. One, so that it saves time the day of making the soup and two, so that the flavors incorporate for a day to give it a deeper taste.
You can make the broth in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours.
1/2 white onion chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 rib of celery
1 guajillo pepper
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs of thyme
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 cup of shrimp skins/tails(this is what gives it the most flavor)
2 cups of water
Place all ingredients in slow cooker and set on low for 8 hours
Strain and reserve in refrigerator
The day of the soup you will need the following:
3/4lb of cod(cut in bite size pieces)
1 lb shrimp(cut in bite size pieces)
1 cup fideo noodles
1 bunch of basil
1 bunch of cilantro
1 lime cut in quarters
You can also add frozen vegetables of your choice at the end(if you add them to early they turn brown in the soup).
In a mixing bowl mix cod pieces and shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile place a pot on medium high heat. When the pot is hot add a little oil and sautee the cod and shrimp, add the fideos and toast for 30 seconds. Add the broth from the day prior and simmer for 30 minutes. If you would like add some frozen green beans, or brocoli 3 minutes before serving. Pour in a soup bowl and add herbs and lime as a garnish.