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Easy Jambalaya Soup

Hearty and rich Jambalaya Soup filled with spicy sausage, shrimp, chicken, the holy trinity (celery, onions and carrots), tomatoes, rice and bold creole seasonings.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Cajun Recipes, Creole Recipes, Fall Recipes, Fat Tuesday Recipes, Mardi Gras Recipes, New Orelans Recipes, Shrimp, Soup Recipe, Southern Recipes, White Rice, Winter Recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 703kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $20


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, Divided
  • 12 oz Andouille Sausage, Cut Into 1/4" Rounds
  • 2 Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs, Cut into 1/2" Pieces
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Medium Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 Stalk Celery, Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Green Onions, Chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2-4 tsp Creole or Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 6 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 2/3 Cup Uncooked Long-Grain White Rice
  • 1 (14.5 oz) Can Low Sodium Diced Tomatoes, Undrained
  • 2 Dried Bay Leaves
  • 12 oz Large Raw Shrimp, Peeled and De-veined
  • Salt and Black Pepper


  • Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and chicken and sauté until lightly browned (approx. 3-4 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  • Add the onion, bell pepper, celery and green onions and sauté until the onions are translucent (approx. 4-5 minutes).
  • Add the garlic, creole/cajun seasoning, oregano and thyme and sauté for 30-60 seconds until fragrant. OPTIONAL: For a less "greasy" final broth, add 2 Tbsp of flour with the garlic and spices.
  • Add the chicken broth, rice, tomatoes and bay leaf, stirring to combine. Bring the soup to a simmer and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the rice is tender, approx. 15 minutes. Continue to stir, occasionally, so the rice doesn't burn.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for 5 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through out (the shrimp will be pink and shaped like the letter "C" when cooked).
  • Taste and add extra salt or creole seasoning, to your preferred level. Fish out the dried bay leaves.
  • Transfer to individual bowls and enjoy immediately.


Note 1 - Kielbasa or smoked polish sausage would make a great substitute if that's what you have on hand.
Note 2 - If you're unsure of the spice level you prefer, start with the lower end called for and add in more after cooking and tasting.
Note 3 - I strongly recommend using low sodium broth as the sodium level in the various creole/cajun seasoning vary from brand to brand. This way it won't be over salted. 
Note 4 -  This recipe has only been tested using long grain rice. You may need to increase the cook time and broth quantity if subbing in brown rice.
Note 5 - I strongly recommend using low sodium tomatoes as the sodium level in the various creole/cajun seasoning vary from brand to brand. This way it won't be over salted. 
Note 6 - Feel free to add more or less shrimp, or omit all together if seafood's not your thing. If using frozen large raw shrimp (un-cooked) you may need to add a minute or two to the cook time.
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Calories: 703kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 339mg | Sodium: 1592mg | Potassium: 975mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1512IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 5mg