Sea Soup

This soup is so amazingly good you will never guess it only has 90 calories per cup.
Serve it in the winter hot and in the summer chilled.  Nothing this good should be called healthy.

Feel free to use crab meat in place of the shrimp.

Sea Soup
Makes about 20 cups
1 1/2 cups = 1 vegetable serving
90 calories per cup
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1 pound small dry white beans
7 cups water
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
salt to taste (optional)
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 teaspoons curry powder
nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups carrots, diced
1 1/2 cups celery, diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 pound fresh or frozen shrimp, shelled, or crab meat
1/2 cup scallions, cut into 1-inch lengths

Soak beans overnight in 4 times their volume of water.  Drain

In a 5-quart pot, combine beans with water, broth, salt, pepper and curry powder.  Bring to a boil.

Spray a large skillet with nonstick spray.  Stir-fry onions, carrots, celery and parsley.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Add vegetable mixture to the pot of beans.  Do not wash skillet.  Bring mixture to a boil again.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 1/4 hours or until beans are very tender.

Remove from heat.  Puree soup in a blender (you will need to do this in several batches).

Spray more nonstick spray in skillet.  Add shrimp and scallions and stir-fry 3-4 minutes until shrimp is pinkish-white.  Add shrimp to puree.

Serve hot or chilled.

Recipe adapted from <em>Serving You Well Cookbook</em>.