2 tsp. thyme
1 tsp black pepper
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp fennel seed
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 qts clam broth** (if making with chicken, use chicken broth)
3 oz. tomato paste
1 stick butter
Mix the ingredients in a pot.
Simmer for an hour or two.
Just before serving, add raw shrimp.
Simmer until shrimp is done, stirring, about 2 minutes.
Serve in bowls.
Each bowl should contain a serving of shrimp and a lot of broth. The broth should almost completely cover the shrimp. Use unpeeled shrimp. The dish is eaten with your fingers. Dig out a piece of shrimp and peel it. Eat it. Soak up the broth with the bread and eat that. No utensils. This recipe makes a lot of broth.
**If you have the time, peel the shrimp down to the last joint, leaving that and the tail intact. Add the shells to the clam broth and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer at least 1/2 hour. Pour into blender in batches and process till smooth. Strain back into pot. Add herbs and remaining ingredients and proceed with the recipe.