Broccoli Crab Bisque Recipe

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"For a casual company meal, I serve this creamy soup along with miniature ham sandwiches," writes Karen Balistrieri from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. "Sometimes we leave the bay leaf in the soup as a sign of good luck for the person who gets it in their bowl," she adds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup sliced leeks (white portion only)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 191 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 532mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the leeks, mushrooms and broccoli in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the flour, thyme, pepper and bay leaf; mix well. Stir in broth and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Add the cheese and crab; stir until cheese is melted and soup is heated through. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Broccoli Crab Bisque in Quick Cooking January/February 2002, p35

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ryanwrnr User ID: 3901013 58398
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"I doubled the recipe & used 1 whole leek, omitted the mushrooms & added some shrimp to it. I would make this again the family loved it and it was very simple to make"

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