Crab and Asparagus Soup Recipe



Crab and Asparagus Soup Recipe

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

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, crab and parsley; 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.


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