Makeover Creamy Seafood Soup Recipe
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Makeover Creamy Seafood Soup Recipe

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This delicious soup has only half the cholesterol, a fourth of the fat and half the calories of the original recipe from Mildred Fasig of Stephens City, Virginia . Best of all, our entire taste panel agreed that this makeover has an even richer and creamier texture and taste!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound bay scallops
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup sherry or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 274 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 120mg cholesterol, 436mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute shrimp and scallops in 1 tablespoon butter until shrimp turn pink. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, saute the celery, red pepper and onion in remaining butter until tender. Sprinkle with flour; stir until blended. Gradually stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Return seafood to the pan; heat through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Creamy Seafood Soup in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p20

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meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 241857
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"This recipe is a keeper! Very simple to make, easy to use ingredients. I couldn't find bay scallops at the store I was at so I bought sea scallops and cut them in quarters. The soup had just enough spice and the color from the red pepper was very appealing."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1368448 224994
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2015

"I have made this several times. Delicious!"

cathycooking User ID: 3735084 217917
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

"This was delicious. I also added Old Bay seasoning and that gave it a real nice flavor."

maddawson User ID: 6637204 109376
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"I made this soup with a shrimp, scallop & calamari mixture. It was so yummy!! The red pepper added just enough spice to it! Can't wait to make it again!!"

d56alpine User ID: 3409321 165201
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I make this all winter long. It's incredible. Add 2 T old bay to the finished product and you think you've gone to seafood heaven!"

ak4ever User ID: 2682822 97039
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"This is awesome! I have added half pound of imitation crab meat. We love it!!!"

TomBrodrick User ID: 5727993 165200
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"Great soup recipe! easy to make, and tastes like I spent hours on it. The wine and the scallops add just the right amount of sweetness."

MollieDi User ID: 5304424 97034
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"I've made this a few times and it's always great! It's one of those meals that you can have ready when you know that family/friends are coming in to visit, but not sure when."

berumen User ID: 2492959 210360
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2010

"We love this soup and ower 12 year old son couldnt get enough of it. we will be making it again"

Little Apple User ID: 4529010 110223
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"Great soup, easy to make if you like cream soups and seafood which I do."

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