Crab Bisque With Sweet Red Bell Pepper

Course : Seafoods
Serves: 6
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups coarsely chopped red bell peppers -- (about 2 large)
1 cup chopped green onions
1 cup coarsely chopped celery
2/3 cup coarsely chopped carrots
1/2 cup coarsely chopped red onion
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
29 ounces diced peeled tomatoes in juice
24 ounces clam juice
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup whipping cream
12 ounces crabmeat

Preparation / Directions:

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add bell peppers, 3/4 cup green onions, celery, carrots and red onion and sauté until vegetables are tender, about 12 minutes. Stir in tarragon and cayenne. Mix in tomatoes with juices, clam juice and wine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally. Add cream and simmer 20 minutes longer. Stir in crabmeat. Cook until crab is heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chopped green onions and serve.

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