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Broccoli and Crab Bisque Recipe

Broccoli and Crab Bisque Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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kmarqui User ID: 3651843 18350
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."

nmr112701 User ID: 1262480 16596
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."

ckitchin User ID: 6500034 46955
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

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

biking32 User ID: 3338029 202048
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

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

helavagoodcook User ID: 6229861 46953
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!!!"

Toni51 User ID: 3872187 46952
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"I fully expected, and really wanted, to love this recipe. As written, we found it rather bland and "one note." The crab flavor definitely got lost in the shuffle. After investing time, effort and some $$ in making this as written, I wasn't williing to give up on it without a fight. :-) I did a lot of tweaking and it tasted a lot better. I do appreciate the contribution, though ... I found the recipe to be very forgiving of additions and tweaking. Thank you!"

Chef_Brinker User ID: 6595748 43142
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"I rate this recipe a 4 only because to be fair, I added my own flair to it. I added about 1/2 lb of USA shrimp because to me it's meat is firmer, tastier, sweeter, and it keeps Americans working. So what it's a little higher in cost, it's worth it. Next, I added about a teaspoon of cayenne and fresher cracked Tellicherry black pepper. To die for.. I soaked the shrimp in 1 tbs of crab boil for a little added sweetness and flavor and put iit in along with the crab meat at the very end and let the heated bisque cook the shrimp and crab. Awesome. Enjoy y'all, i'm sure it is excellent without my additions... I just can't help myself... I can hardly wait to make this again. Oops, almost forgot, I also added about 2 tbs of tomato paste....yummy."

gail1 User ID: 2473276 46950
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"It was easy to put together, and my husband and I Loved it! I will definitely make it again"

percycat User ID: 5576060 40423
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"Great soup ....served to several friends they all loved's on the menu for next week by popular demand...added salad and cheese bread to round out the meal"

judu User ID: 494285 18200
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"It is good, but I don't see that the crab adds much. YTou could easily add chicken or turkey instead."

Taximommy58 User ID: 1605418 18196
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Sounds awesome! Can't wait to try it!"

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