Crab Minestrone with Stuffed Shells

Crab Minestrone with Stuffed Shells
Staff Writer


A great  bowl of minestrone is hard not to love, but is even better with some fresh crabs thrown in and served alongside crabmeat stuffed shells. The crabmeat makes it a more substantial meal, and the minestrone is a great sauce for the shells.


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For the soup

Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add crabs, ½ cup of the celery, leeks, basil and 6 cloves of the garlic. Sauté, stirring for 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, broth, salt and peppercorns.

Bring the liquid to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming and discarding foam that rises to the top. Drain the broth and discard vegetables. Return broth to soup pot and bring to a simmer.

Mince the last two cloves of garlic. Reduce the broth to approximately 1 ½ quarts. Add carrots, the rest of the celery, and the green beans and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato concasse, spinach, white beans, minced garlic, salt and pepper and simmer an additional 5 minutes.

For the crabmeat-stuffed shells

Cook the pasta shells in boiling, salted water until al dente. Drain, discard any broken shells, and toss the remainder of shells with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Reserve.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the breadcrumbs and butter with crabmeat, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Spoon the crabmeat mixture into a pastry bag and using a small tip, fill each shell. Coat a baking pan with remaining olive oil and place filled shells in pan. Bake for 10 minutes.


Calories per serving:

364 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 51 g
  • Protein 13 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 13 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 10264 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 271 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 54 mg
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 2 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 113 µg
  • Ash 4 g
  • Betaine 13 mg
  • Calcium, Ca 101 mg
  • Carotene, alpha 706 µg
  • Carotene, beta 2710 µg
  • Cholesterol 16 mg
  • Choline, total 23 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 31 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 5 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 5 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 2 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 6 g
  • Fluoride, F 4 µg
  • Folate, DFE 53 µg
  • Folate, food 49 µg
  • Folate, total 52 µg
  • Folic acid 2 µg
  • Glutamic acid 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 3 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 2519 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 59 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 1 mg
  • Niacin 3 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 134 mg
  • Phytosterols 9 mg
  • Potassium, K 1186 mg
  • Retinol 1 µg
  • Selenium, Se 5 µg
  • Sodium, Na 988 mg
  • Starch 3 g
  • Sucrose 1 g
  • Sugars, total 5 g
  • Tocopherol, gamma 1 mg
  • Water 266 g
  • Zinc, Zn 1 mg
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