My Best Maryland Crab Soup

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The signature dish of the state of Maryland.  Crabs are a staple here in the summer but I don’t know a person that lives here in Maryland that doesn’t like a hearty spicy bowl of crab soup.  Its not difficult because its like making vegetable soup except you put crab meat in it along with crab seasoning.  You can really use any kind of crab meat from claw to backfin it all works.  I am preparing a pot of soup today to give to my son’s marching band to sell on their concession stand at tonight’s football game.

Ingredients
 
2 cans of claw or backfin crab meat
1 medium onion
3 carrots diced
2 large potatoes diced
2 cloves of garlic
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 small can of tomato paste
4 cups of beef broth
1 cup of frozen corn
1 cup of frozen green beans
1 cup of frozen lima beans
1 cup of frozen peas
old bay seasoning
3 bay leafs
salt and pepper
 
In large pot cook carrots, potatoes, and onions in boiling water until soft.  Add garlic, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, and bay leafs.  Add enough water to make it soupy.  Add frozen vegetable and old bay seasoning.  The amount of old bay depends on how strong you like it.  Simmer about 15 minutes and add the crab meat and beef broth.  Simmer an additional 10 to 15 minutes.  Taste and add more old bay plus salt and pepper until you achieve the taste you prefer.  Also add any additional water needed to get it to the thickness desired. 
 
 

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