Wanted something different to make than my usual fare. Had sausages and chicken, and rice and shrimp, so this sounded perfect. Had to modify it some, because as usual, I didn't have everything it called for and didn't want to go back out to the store. Didn't have chicken broth, so used water and beef boullion instead. Didn't have any celery or okra either, but that's okay because they're kinda gross anyways. (LOL!) Used three cloves of real garlic instead of powder, no marjoram or thyme so used italian seasoning instead. Used white rice and defrosted some frozen cooked shrimp. Didn't measure the cayenne, might have added a bit more.
Knew I had to thicken it up with something, as I was omitting the okra, so added a can of Heinz Baked Beans (yes, it was good!).
When this recipe was almost done, I realized it needed more rice, so I tossed in some Minute Rice as well (too late by then to add and cook more 'real' rice).
As well, at the very end, I added some Bisto Chicken Gravy granules to thicken it up a bit more.
With these modifications this wasn't a very runny soup, but was still wet enough to dip toasted bread in but was not as thick as a stew.
Was too spicy for our 2 year old, and both kids complained about the shrimp (all the more for us!). We both loved it and will make it again.
Although I left out a few items, I don't think it was lacking at all. One thing to note though, this made SIX good sized bowls of soup, not SIXTEEN as indicated.
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Wanted something different to make than my usual fare. Had sausages and chicken, and rice and...