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0 min Makes 6 first-course servings. Main Ingredient: TOMATO*BASIL*CRAB Cuisine: American

Cooking: This recipe can be prepared in 45 minutes or less. Start to finish: 1 day min



2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter

10 ounces fresh crabmeat

1 tomato, seeded, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups clam-tomato juice (such as Clamato)

1 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup bottled clam juice

2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

3/4 cup water

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Facts

per serving of Makes 6 first-course servings.




Step 1Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add 3/4 of crabmeat, tomato, 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, and garlic. Sauté 2 minutes. Whisk in flour; stir 2 minutes. Whisk in clam-tomato juice and next 5 ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Cool soup slightly.

Step 2Puree soup in batches in blender until smooth. Return soup to pot. Stir in 3/4 cup water and lemon juice; bring to simmer. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated. Bring to simmer before continuing.) Divide soup among 6 bowls. Sprinkle with remaining crab and 3 tablespoons basil and serve.

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