Quick Crab Cioppino

Quick Crab Cioppino
Photo by James Carrier


  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves or dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 onion (about 1/2 lb.), peeled and chopped
  • + 5 more ingredients
    • 2 cooked Dungeness crabs (about 2 lb. each), cleaned and cracked (see below)
    • 1 cup dry white wine
    • Fresh basil sprigs (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or dried oregano
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1. Pour olive oil into a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add onion and garlic and stir often until limp, 3 to 4 minutes. Add broth, wine, tomato paste, basil, oregano, and thyme; stir often until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, to blend flavors, about 10...

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