Big Basil Shrimp Chowder


A swirl of mascarpone cheese adds richness to this fresh-tasting shrimp and sweet corn chowder.

Big Basil Shrimp Chowder
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped (1 cup)

  • 1 large red onion, chopped (1 cup)

  • ½ green sweet pepper, finely chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 2 cup water

  • 2 8 ounce bottles clam juice

  • 2 teaspoon Old Bay® seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • 1 ½ pound large shrimp in peeled with tails on

  • 1 12 ounce package frozen whole kernel corn

  • 2 tablespoon capers

  • 1 8 ounce container mascarpone cheese

  • Cheesy Polenta (optional)

  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and sweet pepper. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour until coated. Add water, clam juice, seasoning, and basil. Bring to boiling; reduce heat.

  2. Stir in shrimp, corn, and capers. Cook for 2 to 5 minutes or until shrimp are bright pink. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until melted. Serve with Cheesy Grits and fresh basil, if desired.

Cheesy Polenta:

In a large saucepan bring 2 1/2 cups water to boiling. In a medium bowl combine 1 cup white or yellow cornmeal, 1 cup cold water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Slowly add mixture to boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture returns to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cook, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture is very thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup milk until cheese melts. Stir in 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
16g Fat
13g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 449mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 12.2mg 61%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 0.8mg 4%
Potassium 372mg 8%
Folate, total 29mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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