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Fresh Corn Soup with Crab
© Luis Bruno

Fresh Corn Soup with Crab

  • SERVINGS: 4 to 6


  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1 medium carrot, chopped
  4. 1 celery rib, chopped
  5. 1 garlic clove, chopped
  6. 6 ears of corn, kernels cut off
  7. 1 bay leaf
  8. Large pinch of saffron threads
  9. 4 1/2 cups water
  10. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  11. 1/2 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
  12. 1/4 cup shredded basil
  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add the corn, bay leaf and saffron and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Discard the bay leaf. Transfer the soup to a blender and puree. Strain the soup through a fine sieve into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, top with the crabmeat and basil and serve.