2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 green or red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning for cooking
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun or Creole seasoning for marinating peeled and deveined shrimp prior to cooking
Pre-step: About an hour prior to cooking add 2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning to a ziplock bag with peeled and deveined raw shrimp. Shake and refrigerate for an hour)
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, pepper and garlic and cook until the vegetables soften, about 15-17 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, bay leaf, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve the shrimp in warm bowls with white rice.