Jambalaya Soup

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This Jambalaya Soup recipe can be made with shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage -- or all three! It's easy to make, and so hearty and delicious. | gimmesomeoven.com

Fellow soup lovers, I think I may have just successfully “soupified” another one of my favorite dishes.

Check out this jambalaya soup!!

Oh my goodness, I think I may actually love this dish even more as a soup.  (<– Which, ahem, wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened.  Here’s lookin’ at you chicken enchilada soup, corned beef and cabbage soup, and chicken pot pie soup.)  Like the others, this soup is packed with everything that we all love about jambalaya — all of those amazing and colorful veggies, cooked in a spicy tomato Cajun sauce, mixed with hearty Andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp — but instead of being cooked in just a bed of rice, they’re simmered in a thick, flavorful, amazing tomato rice soup.

And oh my goodness, the result is mmm, mmm, good.

This Jambalaya Soup recipe can be made with shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage -- or all three! It's easy to make, and so hearty and delicious. | gimmesomeoven.com

I will say that this soup takes a little extra time and effort to make than my usual 30-minute recipes.  But this recipe makes a huge batch of soup, and the work is totally worth it.

To make the soup, simply saute up some chicken and Andouille sausage in a large stockpot until they’re mostly cooked through.  (<– If you’re not into either of those, or the shrimp, feel free to just pick your favorite protein.  You’ll need about 3 pounds of protein total.)  Then add in your veggies, stir in some flour to thicken up the broth, add in the broth and rice and seasonings, and let the soup simmer on the stove until that rice is nice and tender.  (Be sure to keep a close eye on this soup and stir it often so that the rice doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pot!)  Finally, just stir in your shrimp at the end and season everything with salt and pepper to taste…

This Jambalaya Soup recipe can be made with shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage -- or all three! It's easy to make, and so hearty and delicious. | gimmesomeoven.com

…and voila!  This vibrant, flavorful, and hearty soup will be yours to enjoy!

And I do mean hearty.  Similar to a gumbo, this jambalaya soup is incredibly rich and filling, so a big pot of it will go a long way.

This Jambalaya Soup recipe can be made with shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage -- or all three! It's easy to make, and so hearty and delicious. | gimmesomeoven.com

Feel free to also customize this soup to your desired level of spiciness, too.  I love my jambalaya with a nice kick, so I usually include 2 jalapenos to bring some heat.  But if you like a more mild jambalaya, feel free to just use a single (or half of a) jalapeno.

Also, different brands of Cajun seasoning tend to have different flavors, and varying levels of spiciness and saltiness.  So if you’re cooking with one that is new to you, I’d start by adding in just 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasonings, and then you can always add in more at the end.  I love that stuff.  :)

This Jambalaya Soup recipe can be made with shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage -- or all three! It's easy to make, and so hearty and delicious. | gimmesomeoven.com

All in all, a very successful “soupifying” mission.  :)  Hope you all enjoy this one as much as I do!


Jambalaya Soup

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 -10 servings 1x


This Jambalaya Soup recipe can be made with shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage — or all three! It’s easy to make, and so hearty and delicious.



  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 3 small bell peppers, cored and diced (I used a mix of colors)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper*, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup uncooked white or brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning** (add more/less to taste)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt and pepper
  • (optional garnishes: chopped fresh parsley, thinly-sliced green onions, hot sauce)


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and sausage, and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, bell peppers, celery, onion, jalapeño, and stir to combine.  Continue sautéing for 5-6 more minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the garlic, and sauté for 1 more minute until the garlic is fragrant, stirring occasionally.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture, and stir to combine.  Continue cooking for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  3. Gradually stir in the chicken stock, then add the crushed tomatoes, rice, Cajun seasoning, bay leaves and dried thyme.  Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer.  Then reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue simmering the soup for 15 more minutes — being sure to stir the soup occasionally (yes, more!) so that the rice doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pot — until the rice is cooked and tender.
  4. Stir in the shrimp and continue cooking for 5 more minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked through (it should be pink and opaque, not gray).
  5. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.  Then serve warm, topped with your desired garnishes if desired.


*If you’d like a spicier soup, feel free to add in a second jalapeno pepper.  Or you can always add in a pinch or two of cayenne at the end of the cooking time, when you’re seasoning the soup with salt and pepper.

**Different brands of Cajun seasoning vary dramatically in terms of flavor, spiciness and saltiness.  So if you’re cooking with one that’s new to you, I recommend starting with just 1 tablespoon of seasoning, and then adding more at the end to taste.

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79 comments on “Jambalaya Soup”

  1. Love the idea of this soup. I think I will make a batch and freeze some for later. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. This looks amaze!! Recipe definitely grabbed me by my Southern little heart–can’t wait to try now that it’s getting cold out!

  3. This looks and sounds delicious!!!!!!!! I wonder if there is anyway this could be done in a crockpot? Maybe not, but I thought I’d ask. Regardless, I’m saving this and will be trying it. Please forgive my very stupid question, because I know it is – LOL, but…….do I cook the breast pieces and sausage before adding or do I add them both uncooked? Thank you so much for sharing this!


  4. OMgosh Get in my tummy

  5. I’ve been craving jambalaya! I made some the other day, but it just wasn’t very flavorful :( I am going to have to give this recipe a try!

  6. I love your soups and this one grabbed me right away. I’m thinking that a combo of broth…..fish, chicken, veggie would be good. Have you ever done that?

  7. where can i find/buy the Andouille sausage?

  8. I was just thinking that I should make my jambalaya but jambalaya as a soup sounds wonderful on a chilly fall day!

  9. This looks amazing! Which brand of cast iron did you use? :)

    • Le Creuset! Here’s an affiliate link to the stock pot if you’re interested — http://rstyle.me/~33IrK. :)

  10. This jambalaya was fabulous!!!!!  I’ve  tried several of your other recipes, and loved them all.  We made this the other night, and it was definitely a hit!  Everyone loved it!

  11. My husband cooked up a batch last weekend and it was amazing! Can’t get the andouille sausage on this side of the ocean, so we substituted Spanish chorizo. The chorizo went really well with the soup.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. This is so close to the Jambalaya I make and it is yummy, but mine is not a soup. My husband and I are the only family still at home. Does this freeze well?

    • Very cool, Kathy! We haven’t tried freezing this, so we’re not sure, but it’s with a try!

  13. This is absolutely my favorite new soup. It is sooooo good. I used wheat berries instead of the rice and ate the whole pot myself. I wish I knew what I could use instead of meat for my daughter who only eats fish… Anyone have any ideas?

    • We’re so glad to hear that, Becky! You could try putting some tempeh sausage (or something like that) in here?

  14. We are gluten free….do you know a good sub for the flour? Thanks!

  15. In the ingredient list, you should reverse the positions of the flour and stock.

  16. This is a very good bowl of soup. I used about 1.5 Tbs of homemade Cajun seasoning (chowhound version), which made it a little too hot for my wife (or so she said when she started eating it) and almost hot enough for me. I served it with cornbread, and by the time she got to the bottom of the bowl, she decided she wanted more. We both ate way too much.

  17. Made this for lunches this week and it got 2 thumbs up from both me & my fiance! He doesn’t like shrimp, so at the end of making the recipe it was easy to scoop his portions out into containers and then add the shrimp to the remaining soup and cook for a few minutes more. I also put in a few dashes of Tabasco, which added great flavor & kick!

  18. i made this in the instant pot and it was so good!! thanks for the recipe :D

  19. I made this last night with my homemade cornbread. It was delicious, thank you for sharing this recipe 

  20. This was delicious!!! We made it with 2 lb andouille and 2 lb shrimp with a heavy hand of Paul prudhommes seafood magic. We will definitely be making this again on a cold winter day. Will probably add more rice next time. Thanks!!

  21. This was outstanding. Next time I’ll add 1.5lbs. of shrimp as this is our favorite meat in the soup! The Cajun spice recipe was also great.. the perfect amount of heat! Love your site and have made many recipes of yours.. keep it up!!

    • We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed it, Lisa — we appreciate your taking the time to comment! :)

  22. A great soup Monday dinner for my husband and son. Thanks for an inspiring recipe!

  23. I made this last fall and it was awesome!! The only problem was that I couldn’t find andouille sausage and the one I bought instead didn’t work very well.  What other type of sausage would you recommend to replace the andouille?  Thanks! 

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Tina! We’re sorry you weren’t able to find andouille anywhere. We’re curious to know what you used instead? If you still can’t track down andouille for next time, we would recommend a good smoky kielbasa. We hope this helps!

  24. Wanted to give you a shout-out for a great recipe — I used it as inspiration to win an annual soup contest at my legion post. I made my chicken broth from scratch (and used the thyme in that) and for the tomato product, I used a combo of some tomato puree I had canned back in September, a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato paste — the paste gave it nice body, so I omitted the flour. What sent it over the top was using a cherry wood smoked kielbasa I had access to from a local Polish market. My slow cooker was empty within an hour. Definitely keeping this in my repitoire. Thanks again!!!

    • Thank you for sharing with us, Kris — we’re so glad you were inspired, and we think that cherry wood-smoked kielbasa sounds amazing! :D

  25. This is the second time I have made this. Love the heat with the one jalapeno and 1 T of Tony Chachere’s CREOLE seasoning.
    So so GOOD! Mahalo for the recipe!

  26. I made this for dinner last week – so delicious and easy to make! Being in Australia, I had to substitute chorizo for the andouille sausage (not available here), but the soup was still amazing! Thank you! :)

    • Thanks for sharing, Jamie, we’re so glad you enjoyed it, especially with the chorizo! :)

  27. I made this for some friends a few weeks ago. It was sooo good I had to make it again due to many requests. The only change I made was increasing the cajun spices, adding some smoked paprika and some additional cumin. It’s a big hit and I will definitely make this more often.

  28. Looks absolutely delicious. Going to give it a try

  29. 5 stars
    My family loved this tonight! So simple and quick, love 1 pot meals!!! Great job and thanks for sharing.

  30. 5 stars
    This was amazing! We doubled the jalapeño and double the rice. So filling and everyone loved it! That’s hard to do in my home!

  31. Made this and it was delicious. Only thing I would recommend is keeping the rice separate and adding it as you eat each bowl. Otherwise it absorbs all the liquid and it’s no longer soup. But definately a keeper and recommend trying it.

  32. 5 stars
    I make this soup at least once every two weeks and I crave it when I am out! IT IS SO GOOD. I always add an extra jalapeno because I am a spice food nut, but it is just the best thing ever. I make it for my Dad when I visit home and he is obsessed as well. 10/10!

  33. 5 stars
    The recipe was fantastic. So easy to follow and make.

  34. Would it work to substitute a box of jambalaya mix like Zataran’s for the rice/spices portion of ingredients?

  35. 5 stars
    This jambalaya was so delicious! I followed the recipe exactly. The amount of heat was perfect. I will be making this again and again.

  36. 5 stars
    Made this today for the first time and won a soup cook off at my church. Great recipe! I did use two boxes of zatarains jambalaya in place of the normal rice though.

  37. 5 stars
    This is probably the best dish I have ever made. Absolutely amazing and I didn’t use any rice. I added cauliflower rice (just heated up the frozen cauliflower rice in the microwave and added in after). Saved all the carbs and it was perfect. Great kick to the flavor so if you like spicy you will love this!

  38. 5 stars
    I am originally from North Louisiana and i make all things creole. We have literally not made the traditional jambalaya since ive stumbled across this recipe! Fantastic i just add a few louisiana touches and voila! Bon appetit!

  39. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I use a combo of Andouille, rotisserie chicken and raw shrimp. It is fabulous! Thanks for your pin.

  40. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorites! I just made it for the third time and my family loves it!

    • We made this tonight and my family loved it. Made it as written and may play with some tweaks next time, but there will DEFINITELY be a next time!!

  41. 5 stars
    loved this recipe!!! can you tell me what the serving size is? i’m planning to make this for 250 4oz servings and i’m trying to figure out how much to make.

  42. Great taste I substituted chicken andouille sausage and used 1/2 fish stock and 1/2 chicken stock and it was delicious. Definitely requires a longer prep time than stated, but overall a wonderful recipe.

  43. This was amazing !! Papa and my husband LOVED IT !! Thanks for another great recipe!

  44. Made this as written for a group of 8. Everyone liked it and there weren’t any leftovers!

  45. This soup was absolutely delicious! My entire family enjoyed it. I made no variations in the recipe; seasonings were spot-on. Awesome!!

  46. Wow, this is it. I love a “looser” jambalaya. Made a half recipe (just 2 of us, made 2+ meals). Substituted creole spices for cajun spices, and choriso for andouille – stuff I had on hand. Cooked the chicken and sausage on the grill before hand, so slightly modified the vegetable cooking and then added the meats. Also added about 3 or 4 oz. of left over ham, chopped up. The heat was perfect for us: creole less hot than cajun, but choriso hotter than andouille. Tons of flavors. The left overs were more thick stew density. Great with a crusty bread. We’re gonna do this often, full recipe to share with friends/family.