Dinner is pulled together in just minutes with this Slowcooker Cajun Soup! Chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage help give this dish a real kick!
I did it guys, I did it! I booked a wedding venue!
I am SO glad that decision has been made.
The place we booked is gorgeous. It is near my home in Maryland and is a location set right on the water. The ballroom itself is bordered by water on three sides and has plentiful windows overlooking the scene. It is simple but beautiful. The package we got included way more than I thought we could get for our budget so I am very satisfied with our choice.
The day I brought in the deposit check is when it began to feel really real. Matt and I had been talking about getting married for awhile now but have never made concrete plans. That is until today.
We have a venue. This is really happening. We’re getting married. It all just seems so surreal today.
Over the next few days I’ll be proposing to my bridesmaids and maid of honor, so that will also be exciting. I can’t wait to give them their little gifts and hope they say “yes”! Matt was making fun of me saying men have it so much easier. He can just text them and ask them. Girls can’t do that. We need to give our bridesmaids a cute little gift and ask them in a fun way. It is nice to do. It makes them feel special and valued. I think I’ve come up with a cute little gift so hopefully they like them =)
But anyways, now that those are some of the wedding updates, let me talk about this soup.
When I was making it I was so torn about what to call it. It’s kinda a jambalaya. It’s kinda a gumbo. Then it’s kinda something my mind just invented. So I guess Slowcooker Cajun Soup suits it.
This soup is based in a spicy tomato and beer broth. How could you go wrong with that as a starter? Then it is kicked up with delicious add-ins like green bell pepper, onion, andouille sausage, chicken and shrimp. To make it even better the soup is finished off with a little mound of rice on top which absorbs all that amazing liquid and flavor.
I made this for dinner last night and my family loved it! It is perfect for people who don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen but want a quick, delicious, and healthy dinner. The only fat in this soup is the sausage! The rest is fairly diet friendly!
Thanks for joining me on my wedding journey and I wish you happy cooking!
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
- 5 andouille sausage links (about 10oz), sliced into bite-sized pieces
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small white onion, chopped
- 1 bottle beer
- 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (14oz) can diced green chiles
- 1 tbs hot sauce
- 1 tbs chili powder
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 16oz raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 cups white or brown rice (to serve)
- Combine all ingredients in a slowcooker except the shrimp and rice. Cook on high for 2 hours or on low for about 5 hours.
- Place shrimp in the slowcooker and continue to cook on high for another 10 minutes or until shrimp are pink and curled like the letter "C".
- Pour cajun soup into a bowl and top with a mound of prepared rice.
- Time saving tip: Once you put the shrimp into the slowcooker, begin to prepare the rice. By the time the rice is done, the shrimp should be as well. You can also cook the rice earlier in the day while you are chopping the ingredients and reheat the rice in the microwave with 1-2 tsp of water just before serving.