Seafood Soup for a Crowd Recipe

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Hosting a huge holiday gathering this season? This special soup is great any time of year, but it's always a hit on New Year's Eve. It has the perfect blend of flavors to work well as an entree or first course.—Victor Miller, Levittown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 4-1/2 quarts chicken broth
  • 10 packages (8 ounces each) imitation crabmeat
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 pounds sea scallops
  • 3 pounds cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 205 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 559mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 16g protein.


  1. In a large kettle, bring broth and crab to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until crab breads into pieces when stirred. Meanwhile, in several large skillets, saute onions in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Stir into crab mixture; return to a simmer.
  2. Add scallops, shrimp, thyme and parsley. Simmer, uncovered, for 5-7 minutes or until scallops turn opaque. Add the cream, salt and pepper; cook and stir until heated through (do not boil). Yield: 48 servings (12 quarts).
Originally published as Seafood Soup in Taste of Home December/January 2002, p54

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