Call It Supper: Cajun Butternut Squash Soup

Have some extra crab shells? We have the perfect recipe for you from CallItSupper. Don’t have any crab shells? Now you have the perfect excuse to have your very own crab boil. 

RECIPE: Cajun Butternut Squash Soup

A few days ago my family picked up some fresh boiled crabs for dinner. I didn’t want to toss the shells, as they were still full of crab fat, the yellow “mustard”, and tons of crab flavor. I made a crab stock and used it for a crab-boil version of butternut squash soup, and it turned out delicious! The crab stock was spicy, but perfect when blended with creamy and sweet butternut squash. If you don’t have access to fresh boiled crabs, you can boil your own with a pack of cajun seasoning (like Zataran’s). Then you can either eat the crabs straight away, or pick out the meat and save it to top your soup (this takes some restraint).

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Steps & Ingredients

  1. Put the crab shells in a large pot and fill with water. I used about 14 cups. Add the bay leaves and peppercorns. Bring the water to a boil, reduce and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the stock is dark and flavorful. Stir occasionally. Strain the stock and reserve (you can also make this ahead of time and freeze).
  2. Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and fennel, and cook for about 7-8 minutes, or until they are soft and begin to brown. Click here to read the complete recipe. 

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Sarah and Tori started Call It Supper because they believe that a meal is always a strategic decision—never to be wasted, and have a passion for inventing recipes. Call It Supper is focused on seasonal, fresh recipes that are inspired by their travels, favorite restaurants and meaningful experiences. The ingredient lists will always contain something that is best had in that season.
 
The two became friends at Bowdoin College, where they started hosting dinner parties together. Back then, it was six packs and hors d’oeuvres, but today they have taken things a few steps further in the kitchen.
 
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