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- 6 cups homemade lobster stock
- 2 pounds lobster meat, roughly chopped
- 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 28 oz can san marzano tomatoes, drained and crushed
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon dry basil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- red pepper flakes, to taste
- salt, to taste
- 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, torn
- 1 small bunch chives, finely chopped
- 6 slices crusty italian peasant bread
- In a large pot, heat 4 tbsp of the oil over medium heat. Sweat celery, onion and garlic with a pinch of salt.
- Add the crushed tomatoes and dry basil. Season the tomatoes with salt and cook for another minute. Add wine and let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add lobster stock and continue to simmer for 30 minutes, and then lower the heat.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter and remaining 1 tbsp of oil. Add the flour and cook for a minute, stiring. Gradually whisk in the milk, continuously stirring. Once the mixture begins to thicken, add it to the soup.
- Add raw lobster meat to the soup and let cook just through, about 2 minutes.
- Transfer half of the soup to a blender. Blend until smooth and return to the soup pot. Check for seasoning.
- Grill slices of bread and place one slice at the bottom of each individual bowl. Pour soup into the bowls, garnish with a sprinkling of red pepper flakes, torn basil and chopped chives. Add a drizzle of your best quality extra-virgin olive oil, and serve.
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