Crab Soup Deluxe

16oz All Natural Lump crabmeat
3 tbs butter or margarine
2 1/2 cups chopped onion
1/2 tsp pressed garlic
3 cans tomatoes, chopped, do not drain
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp Tabasco sauce
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp ground thyme
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
grated peel of 1 lemon
1 tbs finely chopped fresh parsley
Drain and flake crabmeat. Remove any shell pieces. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until tender but not brown. Add tomatoes , salt, pepper, Tabasco, marjoram, thyme, lemon juice and lemon peel. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes until flavors are mingled and tomato liquid is reduced. Add parsley and crabmeat. Heat thoroughly but do not overcook crabmeat. Serve immediately.

*Recipe submitted by the North Carolina State University Seafood Lab

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