It’s the time of year for hearty soups and stews. The air is clear and brisk and the days are short. Lately for me, a bowl of soup loaded with vegetables or a stick to your ribs bowl of chili really hits the spot. Let’s not forget with all the holiday indulgences, a bowl of soup is good for the waistline and the budget.
Recently, at a local luncheonette I couldn’t take my eyes off a butternut squash and crab bisque. It was such a vibrant shade of orange. I couldn’t resist. Now, I’ve got to say, I have never been a fan of bisque. They always seemed so one-dimensional. No noodles, no chunks of vegetables, no textures.
Well, I decided to give it a try because it was just so darn pretty. I was really glad I did. It was amazing! Sweet, creamy, satisfying. I couldn’t wait to find a recipe and try it at home. I found this recipe at Gimme Some Oven. I did make a few minor changes, but her recipe was just about perfect.
This is extremely easy and it makes a lot, so you can share…if you want.
Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque
4 large cloves roasted garlic
1 1/2 to 2 lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
3 Tbls. Butter
1 c. carrots, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 Bay leaves
1 qt. chicken broth, divided (3 1/2 c. + 1/2 c. at the end, if desired)
1 c. fat free Half & Half
2 4 oz. cans of fancy crabmeat
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Paprika for garnish
Prepare roasted garlic by cutting the top off a head of garlic, drizzle with olive oil, spreading the cloves out a bit. Wrap in foil and put in a 400F oven for 20-30 minutes. Don’t forgo this step for chopped garlic. Trust me. While garlic is roasting, prepare your vegetables.
Saute butter, squash, carrots, celery, onion and bay leaves in a large pot for 5-8 minutes.
Add 3 cups of chicken stock, cover and simmer on medium-low until squash is very tender, approximately 30 minutes.
Remove the bay leaves and add the Half & Half. Blend until creamy with an immersion blender. Thin with remaining broth, if desired.
Stir in crabmeat and sprinkle with paprika.