Lobster Soup

"This is one of our favorite recipes from MY favorite cookbook (Italian Immigrant Cooking by Elodia Rigante)"
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  • In a large pot, bring the chicken broth and water to a boil.
  • Chop up the lobster meat into small pieces and add it to the boiling liquid.
  • Cover, turn down the heat and let simmer.
  • In a skillet, heat a tbl of the olive oil and add celery, onion and garlic.
  • Saute over medium heat, taking care not to brown.
  • Add the tomatoes, wine and basil and saute for another 5-10 min.
  • Add this to the lobster mixture and continue to simmer the soup for 30 minutes covered, over very low heat.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and mix in the remaining olive oil, then the flour.
  • Whisk in the milk gradually, stirring continuously.
  • When it begins to thicken (just when it begins, not when it gets real thick) stir this mixture gradually into the simmering soup.
  • Be sure the soup does not boil after this point but is stirred and simmered over very low heat.
  • Remove half of the soup and blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  • Half of the soup should retain flakes of the tender lobster meat and chopped vegetables.
  • Mix in the blended soup with the lobster mixture.
  • Season with salt& pepper.
  • Serve this soup with fresh Italian bread.

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  1. Gloria 15x
    Just fixed it and it is wonderful. Didn't have lobster so used rock shrimp (a Florida special). They taste like a cross between lobster and shrimp. Added a touch of cayanne.
  2. applee
    VERY good! I made this for a Friday dinner during Lent. For the white wine I used Pinot Grigio b/c I didn't know which kind to use, and this turned out great. When I was cooking the vegetables, it smelled so good I could of just been happy eating that only. I used the small diced tomatoes also for this. I blended a little less than half of the soup, because I liked having the vegetables and lobster pieces rather than just the soup. This was a delicious (and expensive) soup.


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