A savory, decadent, and semi-spicy bisque featuring roasted butternut squash and shrimp.
Once the squash is split, scrape out the seeds and coat both the inside and outside of the squash with the oil. Place squash flesh-side down on the baking sheet and roast for 50 minutes or until tender when poked with a paring knife. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
While the squash is cooking, add the shrimp shells to a Dutch oven or large pot and refrigerate the shrimp until ready to use. Also to the pot add carrots, celery, onion, chiles, cilantro, garlic, bay leaf, peppercorns, salt, and water.
Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Have ready a fine-mesh sieve or a strainer firmly situated over a large, heatproof bowl. Pour the stock over the strainer and discard of its contents, saving only the strained liquid in the bowl.
Scoop out the flesh of the squash and place directly into the Dutch oven, a spoonful at a time. Pour the strained broth over the squash and return to the stovetop over medium-high heat. Allow to come to a simmer and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and using an immersion blender, puree the soup until velvety smooth.
Alternatively, ladle the soup into a food processor or blender, a couple of cups at a time, and pulse. Take care not to let the steam build up in either machine. This can be accomplished by removing the tube feed from either device and covering instead with a dishtowel while pulsing. Place the puree into a large mixing bowl until all of the soup has been processed.
Return soup to the Dutch oven and add the reserved shrimp, heavy cream, adobo sauce, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Allow to simmer another 10 minutes or so, or just until the shrimp are cooked through. Serve and enjoy.
*Do not reheat this soup in the microwave, as it will overcook the shrimp. If you would like to reheat it, simply add the desired amount to a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until warmed through to your liking.
The Anthony Kitchen