We spent the first week of December in New Orleans. It was my first trip to The Big Easy! We saw and did a lot of amazing things while there. We spent an evening on Frenchmen Street listening to jazz, spent days touring plantations, air boating into swamps (swamps are surprisingly beautiful!) and touring the amazing homes of the Garden District. We also cruised the mighty Mississippi on the Steamboat Natchez.
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But mostly we ate….and I have no regrets. New Orleans has some spectacular, rich, flavorful food! I was also lucky enough to squeeze in a cooking class with the talented, fun and sassy Chef Toya Boudy at The New Orleans School of Cooking in The French Quarter.
I had never cooked Creole food before and loved learning how. The classes are held in a gorgeous facility. If you are ever in New Orleans I highly recommend taking a class!
Chef Toya made the entire experience a blast. She kept us interested and entertained for 2 1/2 hours. Oh, and the food was spectacular!
We made a “Shrimp (or Chicken) and Artichoke Soup”. This is my my dairy paleo/Whole30 version. Gorgeous isn’t it?!
We also learned to make Crawfish Etouffee…
…and the signature dessert of New Orleans, pralines! We were happy. Not to mention full.
It was all so delicious I had a hard time deciding what recipe to share with you. But I decided on the “Shrimp (or Chicken) and Artichoke Soup”, two versions actually: the delicious original Creole recipe from The New Orleans School of Cooking as well as a Whole 30 version that I created.
Both are warm, comforting, and somewhat spicy! And I swear the Whole 30 version is just as good as the original…I mean look at it! Made with homemade broth, artichoke hearts, fresh herbs, spices and your choice of shrimp or chicken.
The Recipes~ Shrimp (or Chicken) and Artichoke Soup: Original and Paleo/Whole 30 Versions
This recipe comes from The New Orleans School of Cooking and features their Joe’s Stuff seasoning. You can find it here. Of course you can use any Creole seasoning you wish. The recipe below contains the traditional and Whole 30/Paleo version in bold font. I subbed heavy cream with coconut cream. Coconut cream is much thicker than coconut milk and I know you are going to ask so no, it does not make the soup taste like coconut. I also substituted the roux for a ‘slurry’. A slurry is like a roux but made by combining 2 parts water with 1 part arrowroot powder. It thickens soups and gravy just as well as a roux but is grain free! Once a slurry is added to a soup it needs to be taken off heat immediately. So in this recipe we add it last.
Creole food is spicy and let's just say the people of New Orleans don't shy away from butter, heavy cream or a rich roux but I also provide a Paleo/Whole30 version using coconut cream and arrowroot powder for thickening. Makes 8 very generous portions.
- 1 quart chicken broth (4 cups)
- 2 cups green onions, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 Tablespoon parsley leaves, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon thyme leaves stripped from stems
- 1 T Joe's Stuff Seasoning or your favorite cajun spice mix (plus more to taste if desired)
- 24 oz quartered hearts packed in water, drained
- 1 quart heavy cream (Paleo/Whole30 use 2-14 oz cans coconut cream)
- 1/4 cup butter (Whole 30/Paleo please omit)
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour (Whole30/Paleo use 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder)
- 1 pound medium sized raw shrimp deveined/ or 1 pound cooked chicken, shredded
- whole foods market was also nice enough to remove the tails on my shrimp!
- Sea salt to taste
Prep all ingredients.
Combine artichoke, chicken stock, 1 cup green onions, garlic, sea salt, Joe's Stuff seasoning and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for about 12 minutes.
Make roux: Place butter in a medium sauce pan on medium heat. When melted whisk in flour till smooth add to simmering pot. Stir in heavy cream and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add shrimp and simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve with freshly chopped green onions and parsley for garnish.
Note: There are 2 cups green onions total - 1 cup to put with other ingredients and one cup for garnish.
Prep all ingredients.
Put broth in large pot on high heat.
Add 1 cup onions (reserving the rest for garnish), parsley, thyme, Joe's stuff seasoning and garlic.
Bring to a boil. Lower heat a little and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add coconut cream and whisk till smooth. Bring back to a simmer.
Add shrimp (or chicken) and artichoke hearts, simmer for 5 more minutes.
While soup simmers make 'slurry'.
Combine 1/4 cup warm water and arrowroot powder and whisk until smooth.
Turn soup off heat. Add half the slurry and stir until soup thickens. If soup needs more thickening add more slurry, but keep in mind arrowroot thickens more when cool) If soup thickens up too much just add more broth to thin.
Taste and add sea salt or Joe's seasoning if needed. Be mindful, it's spicy!
Serve soup garnished with remaining green onions.
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Post tags: Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, whole 30
This soup looks so lovely!! I would definitely do coconut cream as well… love the Whole 30 adaptation. Happy New Year! xo
Thank you Alison! Happy New Year!
How fun! Sounds like a wonderful experience. The soup sounds delicious too!
It was really fun. But New Orleans was a sweat box in December. I didn;t have a single good hair day :/
This sounds yummy. I would make it with chicken
I like the shrimp. My husband likes the chicken 🙂
this is going on the menu! It looks amazing.
So fun! That soup looks amazing – I love artichokes!
I love love love the sound and look of this soup! I am definitely making this!
Love your Whole30 variation! Shrimp + artichokes- mmm!
Thanks! I am making again this week.
I think that both versions of this soup sound delicious. I will make the Whole30 version though ~ why not make the healthier choice? The recipes and pictures can almost make me take a whiff and smell this glorious concoction!
Thanks Linda! I will let you know.. am sure it will be a success!!
I am sure it wil be too Carol. First you know what you are doing in the kitchen. Second it’s an easy recipe!
This looks yummy! I love how there are different variations to try too. Can’t wait to try it!
This looks so yummy! I love that you provide different variations to accommodate different diets. Can’t wait to try it!
I am LOVING this! Artichokes are one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. Pinned!
Pinning this right now – can’t wait to try it!
this looks so delicious! I love this!
My husband and I have been discussing going to New Orleans! So your post really caught my attention. How fabulous that must have been for you to attend a creole cooking class while on vacation. I love it! And thanks so much for sharing your unique soup recipe. It looks delicious. 🙂
You will love NOLA!
Omg both these recipes sound absolutely delicious!! I so need to give them a try!
What can you use if you’re allergic to coconut?
If you can’t have coconut I would suggest you make the first recipe (the traditional creole version)
Do you think either of these versions would freeze well? I’m looking to stock my freezer with some meals before I have my baby. Thank you!
I have not frozen this soup, but I haven’t run across a soup that didn’t freeze well. If you end up freezing it please let me know how it worked. Good luck!
You’ve left the amount of artichokes out of the ingredients list.
No, it’s there. It says “24 oz quartered hearts packed in water, drained”:)
I want to make this soup. There are only 2 of us that will eat it. Can this soup be frozen
Hi Jenna. Hmmmmmmmm…I freeze a lot of my soups, but I have never frozen this one. Here are my thoughts, because most shrimp is frozen on the boat I would think to freeze again after cooking would make them rubbery. Also, if you chose to make the dairy free version with coconut cream, I am not sure how that would freeze either. I would suggest either cutting the recipe in half instead of freezing. Hope that helps.