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Crab and Asparagus Soup

I get rave reviews from family and friends whenever I make this soup, but the biggest compliment was when my son called to ask for the recipe so he could make it for his roommates. —Patti Bogetti, Magnolia, Delaware
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups chopped sweet onion
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 medium red potatoes, cubed
  • 8 ounces fresh asparagus, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 can (6-1/2 ounces) lump crabmeat, drained
  • Optional toppings: chopped fresh parsley and cracked pepper

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in butter. Stir in the flour, seafood seasoning, salt, pepper and nutmeg until blended; gradually add water and bouillon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in potatoes. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Add asparagus; cook 8-12 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the cream and crab; heat through. If desired, sprinkle with parsley and pepper.

Test Kitchen tips
  • In order to keep asparagus fresh longer, place the cut stems in a container of cold water—similar to flowers in a vase. Place the container in the refrigerator, changing the water at least once every 2 days.
  • When buying asparagus, look for firm, straight, uniform-size spears. The tips should be closed and dry.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 257 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 546mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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