Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Crab

21 Dec
Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Crab

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Crab

So what is better than a plain broccoli cheese soup? Well one with Dungeness crab in it, of course! I was going to make this soup as I had in the past here, with chicken, but when we found out our crab-disliking-daughter was having a sleepover elsewhere my husband suggested adding crab instead. I was actually a bit hesitant to do so, but in the end went along with the idea. (I did make him shell the meat from the crab, though, as it can be a tedious process.)

Cooked Crab Ready to Shell

Cooked Crab Ready to Shell

He reheated and shelled one and a half crabs plus some random legs from our bounty in the freezer, which was way more than needed for our soup. I plan on making crab omelets with the rest of it for brunch.

Shelled Dungeness Crab

Shelled Dungeness Crab ~ This is only HALF the crab meat that was shelled!

As a side note, each day the remodel on our house sees a little more progress, but also setbacks. Our washer and dryer got hooked up yesterday and my first load of clothes is now sitting in the washer with detergent. Permanently, apparently. The dang thing won’t start! Granted it is a Maytag from the mid-70s I got while in college, but it has always been so reliable!

The plumbing under our sink also decided to start leaking, but a huge mess was diverted by a roll of paper towels that soaked up most of the water by the time we discovered it. Hubby fixed the sink, and tried to fix the washer but to no avail. Craigslist to the rescue for now…

I also unpacked the box that had my soup-making stock pot yesterday, and set to making a big batch of chicken broth for the soup made from two chicken carcasses I found in the chest freezer. One can never have too much chicken broth — truth. And the house always smells wonderful while it is simmering. That is, until the paint fumes from spray-painting the legs on our dining room table in the garage start seeping through the vents.  Did I mention I LOVE my new kitchen??? Really, I am starting to settle in, even through all the construction. Without further adieu, here is what I did to make the delicious soup from my new batch of stock. (p.s. this is a very quick and easy soup to make!)

Broccoli and Soup Base Simmering

Broccoli and Soup Base Simmering

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Crab

3 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups half and half (or whole milk)
2 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium
1 head broccoli florets, large pieces halved
Ground black pepper, to taste
Mrs. Dash or salt, to taste
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Shelled crab meat, for garnish

Heat the butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté about 5 minutes, until softened. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the onions and whisk continuously until there are no lumps left. Slowly stir in the half and half and chicken broth. Bring to a low boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick or burn.

Tossing in the Cheese

A Gratuitous Cheese-Tossing shot ~ For Conor and Richard

Add the broccoli and cook 15 to 20 minutes more until the vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork. Add the seasonings and cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted. Ladle the soup into bowls, and garnish with as much crab as you like.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Crab

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Crab

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18 Responses to “Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Crab”

  1. Gerlinde December 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Congratulations on your new kitchen and I’m sorry about your setbacks. I’m a huge fan of dungeness crab, why not add it to you broccoli cheese soup. Happy Holidays

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Conor Bofin December 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Lovely soup. Love crab. Pity about the washer.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Michelle Williams December 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    Love the addition of crab. Sounds like a soup that I will be making soon. Thanks!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Michael's Woodcraft December 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    Looks delicious Kathryn, I love Broccoli Cheddar Soup but I have never had it with the crab! Merry Christmas!

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger December 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      Thanks Michael! Merry Christmas to you too! Crab is just delicious in this soup. Especially if you caught it yourself. 🙂


  5. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. December 22, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Just getting The Tenth Day of Christmas ready and was checking comments and found one from Kathryn at anotherfoodieblogger and this looked so inviting had to share – certainly a great meal for over the holidays…

    Liked by 1 person

  6. teagan geneviene December 22, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    KR, what a delicious combination! Shared on LinkedIn.
    Holiday hugs! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Let's CUT the Crap! December 22, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    What’s not to love. This has all my favorite ingredients. Yum for a cold winter’s day. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  8. D. Wallace Peach April 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    I’m going to try this tonight with salmon. I think it will work 🙂 I’ve become more daring since reading your blog!

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger April 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

      Oh excellent! I hope you have good results. 🙂 Salmon is a bit fishier tasting than crab, but what the heck, that should taste good too! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person


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