Our Favorite Homemade Soup Recipes

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Favorite soup of Alexa Cortese: Associate Editor, Digital Media

Lobster Bisque – Simple and Easy

"My Dad always made this soup on holidays or important occasions growing up, so it reminds me of the comforts of home!"

Recipe by Anthony Cortese

Ingredients
2 pounds raw lobster meat – cut into pieces
8 Cups water
Lobster base – small jar – you only need 3 tablespoons
6 Leeks – use only white part of leeks – clean and chop into pieces
2 Sweet Vidalia Onions – chopped
Olive Oil
8 cloves fresh Garlic – chopped
Pinch of Cayenne pepper
½ cup Cognac (Brandy)
1 cup cooking Sherry
1 stick of salted butter
¼ cup flour
4 cups of ½ and ½
1 small can tomato paste

Procedure
Bring 8 cups water and lobster base to a boil. When it starts boiling turn off.

Pour olive oil in a large type pot that you would normally cook pasta in. Coat bottom of pan with olive oil. When oil is hot, add leeks, onions and chopped garlic cloves and fry until tender but not browned. Then add 2 lbs. chopped raw lobster meat. Fry for a minute or two or until lobster meat turns red, then add cayenne pepper, cognac and cooking sherry and bring to a boil. Turn off and let cool down before next step.

When cooled down a little, using a food processor, puree ingredients from large pot.
When all ingredients are pureed, return to large pot and then add water / lobster base mix from other pot. Now add butter, flour, ½ and ½, and tomato paste. Use a wisk to break up the flour and allow all ingredients to mix together. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until soup thickens. If you like it thicker, you can slowly wisk in more tomato paste a little at a time.

Optional: If you like to have chunks of lobster meat in your soup, then you can chop and add more meat as desired at the end and allow meat to cook in soup.

Note: This recipe can easily become Shrimp bisque simply by substituting shrimp for lobster and keeping all other ingredients the same. I also tried using shrimp and in either event, the soup is outstanding and will be a big hit at your dinner party or holiday celebration.      

Photo: @kgtoh/istockphoto 

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