Broccoli and Crab Bisque Recipe
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Broccoli and Crab Bisque Recipe

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Since our son is a broccoli grower, our friends keep supplying us with recipes using broccoli. To this family favorite, add a tossed salad, rolls, fruit and cookies, and you have an easy but delicious supper full of nutrition. —Dorothy Child, Malone, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 cup sliced leeks (white part only)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 package (6 ounces) frozen crabmeat, thawed, drained and flaked

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 303 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 674mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the leeks, mushrooms, broccoli and garlic in butter until broccoli is crisp-tender. Stir in flour and seasonings until blended. Gradually add broth and cream.
  2. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Add cheese; stir until melted. Add crab; heat through but do not boil. Discard bay leaf before serving. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Broccoli and Crab Bisque in Bountiful Harvest Cookbook 1994, p51

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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"I followed this recipe and it was so rich and delicious. I was at a fish market so I purchased some top of the line fresh lump crab meat. The meat itself was meaty and flavorful enough for this soup. The soup was so good , but due to it's richness I will serve it next time as a side or appetizer. Like others in their reviews I agree that the additional seasonings would enhance the soup."

Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"To decrease the amount of sodium I used low sodium chicken brooth. This was excelent and I plan on making it again this week."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"I used the whole container of crab, added a tablespoon of salt, and a little extra cheese! Delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"It was bland. Should have added more of something to it. My husband didn't like it."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"Delicious! The only thing I did different was I used a couple of red skinned potatoes instead of the leeks, canned evaporated milk instead of half and half and I doubled the recipe!!!! It turned out wonderful. Thanks for sharing! I think it would be really good with assorted seafood in it, like scallops, shrimp, cod and crab! You can never have to much seafood!! YUM!!!"

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