Crab Bisque on Elliana’s 2nd Birthday

How is our baby girl 2!? I remember it like it was yesterday; finding out we were pregnant, the gender confirmation ultrasound, and her ridiculously fast delivery (I will spare you the details…). How was that two years ago? Elliana is such a spitfire of a redhead. I believe she fits the hair color God gave her perfectly. With her hazel eyes and her pout-pout lip, she can get the guys in her life to do her bidding. She screeches at such a volume and decibel that I wonder how our windows are still intact. Baby girls should come with a warning notice, “she will scream, loudly, all the time”. To celebrate her birthday, our dinner will be a delicious Crab Bisque Soup.

Elliana on her birth day in tutu

With recent regulations and restrictions on social distancing, we cannot have a big party to celebrate her birthday. I would love to have a princess unicorn themed party, with pink and tutus and cupcakes, but, maybe next year it can happen. I would do a drive-by celebration, but this Sunday is forecasted to be -135 degrees Fahrenheit. Or so it may feel that way. Wisconsin is in subzero temperatures and no one in their right mind would want to stand outside while people drive past. We will then result to using good old technology and video chat with family.

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Published February 12, 2021
Updated March 4, 2022
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Elliana with a cute bow smiling at camera

We have a tradition in our little family that for birthdays or holidays that one special person gets to decide what is for dinner, then whatever it is, I make it. As she is only just 2, I asked Elliana what she wanted for dinner on her birthday, and she said, “birthday soup”. As this request was vague, there was then room for interpretation. For dinner I made Crab Bisque soup, rolls, salad, and oven roasted chicken breast. Elliana loves soup, she could eat bowl after bowl, and still want more. I think she had 4 bowls of bisque!

Below is an image of Elliana playing with an orange flower she found while up at our family’s cabin. She was adamantly picking all of the flowers and gently plucking the heads off and giving them to me, and as she is so adorable, I could not tell her to stop.

Elliana holding orange flower in swim suit and sun hat
Up at Legend Lake. Our favorite place to be!

Cost Breakdown for Crab Bisque

1 can Fire Roasted Tomatoes $0.92
4 Tbsp butter $0.27
1 can Tomato Paste $0.41
6 Cup Stock $1.00
1/2 Cup Minced Shallots or Onion $0.33
1 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream $1.55
4 Minced Garlic Cloves $0.10
Crab/Lobster Meat 1-pound $4.70
1/4 Cup White Wine $2.95

Total cost for 6-Quart pot of Crab Bisque was $12.23.
Total cost per serving, with lunch leftovers for Tyler the next day was $1.74.

Originally this recipe calls for lobster, but I substituted it for crab. When I look at making meals on a budget, these are simple switches I make to keep the budget intact. Crab bisque is creamy, tangy, and hearty. Even after blended, there are amazing flecks of fire roasted tomato that adds such a color and density to this soup.

Crab Bisque in bowl on wood cutting board

Crab Bisque Soup Recipe

Ingredients for Crab Bisque

1 can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
4 Tbsp butter
1 can Tomato Paste
6 Cup Stock
1/2 Cup Minced Shallots or Onion
1 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
4 Minced Garlic Cloves
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Flour
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
Crab/Lobster Meat 1 pound
1/4 Cup White Wine

Crab Bisque ingredients on countertop next to large pot on stove

Directions

1. Melt butter in a 6-Quart soup pan.

butter melting in large pot on stove

2. Dice shallots or onion and garlic, then sauté in the large pot for 5-7 minutes or until tender.

diced onion in melted butter in large pot for Crab Bisque soup

3. Stir in 1/4 cup flour and then cook for 2 minutes, this mixture makes a roux which is the base for any creamy soup.

flour added to sautéed onions in large pot

4. Slowly pour in 1 cup broth and then use a whisk to break up any clumps. Adding the broth might cause steam to come out of the pot, so make sure to pour the broth in slowly.

chicken broth added to mixture in large pot on stove to make Crab Bisque

5. Pour in remaining broth and whisk to blend until combined. Turn the heat to medium-high and then bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, lower the temperature and simmer for 15 minutes.

simmering crab bisque base on stove in large pot

6. Add heavy cream and then whisk to combine. Heavy cream gives the soup a creamy texture.

heavy cream pouring into large pot on stove

7. Stir in a can of fire roasted tomatoes. There is no need to drain the liquid out of the tomatoes, just pour the entire can into the pot.

can of fire roasted tomatoes added to crab bisque in large pot on stove

8. Stir in a can of tomato paste and then use a whisk to blend.

use knife to add tomato paste to large pot on stove

9. Stir in paprika and salt.

paprika added to crab bisque soup on stove

10. Pour in wine and then mix to combine. Let the wine cook so the alcohol cooks out of the soup. ALDI has super delicious wines for a fantastic price, this bottle of Winking Owl Chardonnay is less than $3. Seriously. It is delicious and the perfect pairing to this Crab Bisque soup.

Winking Owl wine in measuring cup next to Crab Bisque in pot

11. Add 1-pounds of crab, or imitation crab or lobster to the soup and then stir. Let the crab cook in the soup for 2-3 minutes. Maybe one day we will splurge and try real crab or lobster for this recipe, however, being budget conscious is good for our family.

crab added to pot for crab bisque soup

12. Using an emersion blender, blend crab and tomato into soup until smooth. A few years ago, Tyler and the kids bought this KitchenAid Emersion Blender as a gift. As a result, it is perfect for so many recipes. For example, refried beans, smoothies and any other foods to puree. Additionally, using an emersion blender is easier and not as unsafe as using a blender as they can pop the lid off and make a nasty mess. Click the link below to check it out on Amazon.

emersion blender next to crab bisque pot on stove
emersion blender in soup pot on stove

13. Reduce the heat to medium-low and then cook for 5-10 minutes.

soup simmering on stove

When done, serve soup and enjoy!
~Monica

crab bisque soup in bowl on wood cutting board

Elliana was so excited this morning as she came out of her bedroom. At night, before Tyler and I go to bed, we make a point to decorate the living room and dining room for each kid’s birthday. This is one way that we like to celebrate their birthday while making their day special to them. As we were unable to have any family over, decorating was a must for this little girl!

Elliana running in living room in pajamas on birthday excited for streamer decorations
Birthday girl!!

Recipe for Crab Bisque Soup

Ingredients for Crab Bisque

1 Can Tomato Pate
4 Tbsp butter
1 can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
6 Cup Stock
1/2 Cup Minced Shallots or Onion
1 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
4 Minced Garlic Cloves
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Flour
1/4 cup white wine
Crab/Lobster Meat 1-pound
1 tsp Smoked Paprika

Directions

1. Firstly, melt 4 Tablespoons of butter in a 6-Quart soup pan.
2. Dice shallots/onion and garlic and then add them to the melted butter and sauté 5-7 minutes until tender.
3. Stir in 1/4 cup flour and then whisk to combine and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Slowly pour in 1 cup broth and then whisk to combine and break up any clumps.
5. Pour in remaining broth and whisk to blend until combined. Turn the heat to medium-high and then bring the soup to a boil, once boiling, simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Add heavy cream so the pot and whisk to combine.
7. Then, stir in a can of fire roasted tomatoes.
8. Stir in a can of tomato paste and then whisk to blend.
9. Stir in paprika and salt.
10. Pour in 1/4 cup of wine and then mix to combine.
11. Next, add 1-pounds of crab or lobster and then let it cook for 2-3 minutes in the soup.
12. Using an emersion blender, blend crab and tomato into soup until smooth.
13. Reduce heat to medium-low and then cook 5-10 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
~Monica

Elliana eating oreo cheesecake on birthday for dessert
Chocolate pudding Oreo pie for dessert!

A few of my favorite things

Having an emersion blender as a kitchen tool helps to blend so many recipes like soup, sauces and even homemade laundry detergent! Click the link below to check out the one I have on Amazon to check prices, there are so many different brands and varieties! Additionally, I added a link to my blog with the recipe for Homemade LIquid Laundry Detergent below.

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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