Winning Crab Bisque Recipe
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Winning Crab Bisque Recipe

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I decided to try my hand at making a light seafood soup after tasting one while dining out. I came up with this low-fat bisque and everyone loved it. It was even featured on a local TV show recently! —Corney Welsh of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat margarine
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 4 cups fat-free half-and-half
  • 10 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 237 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 802mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat-free milk, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute the onions, celery and green pepper in margarine until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Reduce heat to medium; add the potatoes and milk. Cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until potatoes are just tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove 1-1/2 cups of the potato mixture; mash and return to the pan. Reduce heat to low. Stir in half-and-half and process cheese. Cook and stir until cheese is melted. Add the crab, salt and pepper. Cook 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Crab Bisque in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p39

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glennsfox User ID: 5294195 144066
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"Too much low fat, not creamy or thick as i think bisque should be. My guests liked it, though, and i would recommend against canned crab as it is less flavorful."

MattD User ID: 4515717 127229
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Phenomenal bisque recipe. You won't be disappointed with it's rich flavors. I will definitely be making this soup for many years to come."

QueenKey User ID: 234323 206878
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"This bisque is amazing! I love it. My son who is 25 asks me to make it for him on his birthday. It is so rich and creamy. I have made this ever since it came out in Light and Tasty years ago. I have even made it without the crab and it tastes great just as an awesome potato soup. If you like crab you will love this rich and hearty soup."

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