Cream of Soup Substitute

November 16th, 2009 by katie

I try not to be a snob about food.  I try to be open minded and maintain an anything in moderation attitude about food.  My biggest problem with convenience foods and packaged foods is cost.  When they taste great I try not to think about the sodium or unpronounceable ingredients.  The greatest crime for processed food, however, the most unforgivable crime, is when they don’t even taste good.  I just can’t justify over-paying for food that is bad for me and tastes bad.  Condensed cream of mushroom soup is gross.  Yeah, I said it.  That doesn’t mean I don’t use it occasionally, but if I have the time-5 or10 minutes-I much prefer to make this quick cream sauce.  It works great as a substitute for the canned stuff and-dare I say-tastes great too.

Cream of Soup Substitute

makes 1 1/2 cup (about 1 can’s worth), prep 1 min, cook 10 min
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 small mushrooms, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add minced mushrooms and cook until softened. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle flour over mushrooms and use a whisk to combine.
  4. Cook the four, whisking often, until golden brown.
  5. Add milk and broth and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  6. Once boiling and thickened continue to whisk and cook until thickened to your liking.
  7. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.

This is great for those watching their sodium intake or their budget.  You can flavor it any way you like.  Substitute chicken bits and chicken base or celery and celery salt if you don’t want cream of mushroom soup.  You can substitute water or veggie broth if you want to make it vegetarian.  It also doubles just fine if you need two cans worth.

Above photo is prep for my Broccoli Cheese and Rice Casserole.

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12 Responses

  1. Chaney

    I am SO very excited to try this. The store bought stuff is pretty gross and getting more expensive.

  2. Melissa

    This is very useful Katie. Thanks!!

  3. Michelle

    what a great tip. i agree – i tend to avoid those recipes too. thanks for sharing this idea.

  4. Aggie

    I totally agree with you, I think cream of mushroom soup is gross too. It is always showing up in recipes I want to try and never know how to work around it. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  5. Mags

    I don’t mind the canned kind, but I’m always looking for ways to just make it myself. This looks great!

  6. Erin @ One Particular Kitchen

    Brilliant! I agree they’re useful occasionally, but there’s such a difference. I have a chicken pot pie I make with cream of chicken or with white sauce; what a difference in taste!

  7. Risa

    you are so innovative. Thanks for this tip. I hate canned soups too and would love to have another option.

  8. amy

    This is fantastic. I’m so gonna nab and make this! : )

  9. Jen

    Found this right when I needed it. Thanks so much! I skipped the fresh mushroom and cup of chicken broth (didn’t have it) and instead dumped in a small can of mushrooms (undrained) at the end. Worked out perfectly for my tuna casserole. Will use this all the time instead of that processed, too many ingredients, canned stuff. Thanks again!!

  10. Jenn

    out of curiosity, have you ever substituted anything non-dairy for the 1 cup of milk? My daughter has a dairy allergy and I’m curious to know if soy, almond, coconut, rice, etc…would work?

  11. Jenn

    I posted above and since I didn’t hear anything back from anyone, I decided to try it in non-dairy form anyway. I used Unsweetened Almond milk in place of the low-fat milk and Fleischmann’s unsalted margarine (completely soy based) in place of the butter. Though the mixture wasn’t incredibly thick, when I stuck it in the crock pot for several hours with meat, it worked out fine and my husband had no idea I made it differently! Thanks for the recipe! I can now make so many more meals for my whole family to eat!

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