perfect holiday soup: crab and red bell pepper bisque

by jacin on December 4, 2010

here’s one of my all-time favorite holiday soups.  it takes a while to make, but if you have the time, it’s so worth it and your guests will love it.  this reminds me of being home with my family back east and i wanted to share with you too!


2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

3 cups coarsely chopped red bell peppers (i use 3 peppers)
1 cup chopped green onions (i use 1 bunch scallions)
1 cup coarsely chopped celery (~3-4 stalks)
2/3 cup coarsely chopped carrots (1 big carrot)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped red onion (1/2 large red onion)
2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 14.5oz cans diced peeled tomatoes in juice
3 8oz bottles clam juice
1 cup dry white wine
1 1/4 cup whipping cream
12oz crabmeat
salt and pepper to taste
tabasco - a few dashes to taste

1. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat.
2. Add bell peppers, scallions, celery, carrots and red onion and saute until vegetables are tender (about 12 minutes).
3. Stir in tarragon and cayenne.
4. Mix in tomato w/ juices, clam juice and wine; bring to boil. 5. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally.
6. Add cream and simmer 20 minutes longer.
7. Stir in crabmeat and cook until crab is heated through, about 5 minutes.
8. Season with salt and pepper (less pepper, more salt!). Serve and enjoy!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie@Cozydelicious December 4, 2010 at 2:01 PM

This soup looks so yummy and rich. The pepper and crab sound sweet and subtle. Yum!


D. Marie December 5, 2010 at 11:21 AM

mmmm! I really need to get into making things instead of just cooking! I think anyone can just put something in the oven to cook…but you need skills to make something tasty like that soup looks! :)


Alexandra/bWed Exclusive December 7, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Ooh! This looks yummy! Maybe dinner later this week or next! Loving the recipes!


Sassmeister December 14, 2010 at 9:11 AM

This looks absolutely delicious! I am definitely going to have to bookmark this for later.


Lisa November 20, 2011 at 8:00 AM

This sounds amazing. Do you think I could modify it and make it in the crock pot?


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