CAJUN SHRIMP SOUP

Ingredients
1/2 cup chopped green pepper 1/4 cup sliced green onion 1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon margarine or butter

3 cups vegetable juice

8 oz. bottle clam juice

1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves crushed
1/4 teaspoon basil leaves crushed 1 bay leaf 1/3 cup uncooked regular long grain rice
12 oz. pkg frozen cooked shrimp Hot pepper sauce 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes crushed

In a large saucepan, saute green pepper, onions and garlic in margarine until tender.  Stir in vegetable juice, clam juice, water, salt, thyme, basil, pepper flakes and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; add rice.  Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender.  Stir in shrimp; simmer uncovered an additional 3-5 minutes or until shrimp are thoroughly heated.  Remove bay leaf.  Add hot pepper sauce to individual servings as desired.  Makes 4 servings.

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