Simple Soup Switch is Cheaper, Healthier and Delicious

Easy homemade Condensed Cream of (fill in the blank) Soup! Delicious, healthy and CHEAP! This versatile recipe is low fat, low sodium and gluten free! So much better than the canned stuff.

 

You probably have lots of quick, easy recipes that call for condensed cream soups, like cream of chicken or mushroom. They’re pantry staples and I bet you have some in your cupboards right now.

 

Have you looked at the ingredients? Go ahead, I’ll wait.

 

Seriously. Go now.

 

It’s surprising that soup with “cream” in the name has less than 2% actual milk or cream. Top ingredients in all the brands I found are water, vegetable oil and modified food starch. It’s high in sodium and has practically zero nutrition.

 

We can do so much better than that. 

 

Easy homemade Condensed Cream of (fill in the blank) Soup! Delicious, healthy and CHEAP! This versatile recipe is low fat, low sodium and gluten free! So much better than the canned stuff.

 

You won’t believe how easy it is to make DIY Cream of (fill in the blank) Soup. 

 

Here’s why it’s worth the extra bit of effort; it’s totally cheap! It’s delicious. You control the sodium, fat and you can easily customize it to your personal taste.  Did I mention it’s easy? You may never go back to canned stuff again.

 

I like this recipe because it’s gluten free and contains only real food ingredients. It’s makes about a quart or the equivalent of three cans of condensed soup. And can be used in any recipe calling for condensed cream soup.

 

There’s a base recipe, so you can add chicken to make cream of chicken, mushrooms to make cream of mushroom, celery to make. . . you get it! 

 

Easy homemade Condensed Cream of (fill in the blank) Soup! Delicious, healthy and CHEAP! This versatile recipe is low fat, low sodium and gluten free! So much better than the canned stuff.

 

And you can go beyond the basics found in the grocery store. Get creative with your favorite veggies, like asparagus, onion, peppers, or broccoli. Use leftovers from your dinner to make protein added cream soup – cream of shrimp, pork, beef, or bacon! Add as much or as little additional ingredients as you like.

 

Add herbs! Add spices!

 

Keep it in the fridge for up to seven days.  You can make just the basic versatile base and add the additional ingredients as you use it, like mushrooms or onion, if you wish.

 

It can even make easy gravy or cheese sauce, too!

 

DIY Condensed Cream of (Fill in the Blank) Soup

 

What You’ll Need:

Easy homemade Condensed Cream of (fill in the blank) Soup! Delicious, healthy and CHEAP! This versatile recipe is low fat, low sodium and gluten free! So much better than the canned stuff.

  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk – skim, 2% or whole
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans chicken, beef or vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt – or to taste

 

Optional add ins – 1 cup mushrooms – minced and sautéed, or 1 cup celery – minced and sautéed, or 1 cup cooked chicken – minced.

 

Easy homemade Condensed Cream of (fill in the blank) Soup! Delicious, healthy and CHEAP! This versatile recipe is low fat, low sodium and gluten free! So much better than the canned stuff.

 

Here’s How:

  1. Place all base ingredients into a blender and blend until completely combined.
  2. Pour into a large sauce pan (I use a 3 quart pan as this can boil up)  on medium-low heat and heat slowly to boiling, whisking constantly. It will thicken as it boils and more as it cools. Add any optional ingredients.
  3. Remove from heat. Use immediately or cool and store in the fridge.

 

Please note, this makes condensed soup, but you can add milk or water to get the consistency you want for a speedy soup.  Add a salad or sandwich and dinner is done!

 

 

Diva Tip – Slice the vegetables to the size you enjoy, I like mine chunky. But if you have picky eaters who pick out every trace of mushroom or celery, just puree the veggies completely in the blender while you’re putting the soup together. It’ll taste terrific and they’ll never know. It’ll be our secret.

 

Add shredded cheese to hot soup to make cheese sauce or pan drippings to make easy cream gravy.

 

For crock pot recipes – because this contains actual milk, it may break down if left in the crock pot for a long time. So, add the soup in the last hour of cooking. 

 

Other soup recipes you’ll LOVE –        

Easy Peasy Split Pea Soup

 

Perfect for fall, this easy recipe feeds a crowd and gives a cozy retro meal a fresh twist. Homemade “Not Your Mama’s Tomato Soup” and a slab of grilled cheese big enough to share.

 Slab Grilled Cheese and Homemade Tomato Soup

 

Keep some on hand to upgrade your weeknight cooking. It’s surprising how handy it is to have “instant creaminess” in the fridge. When you have a jar of this DIY soup ready and waiting (rather than having to open can) you can use a spoonful here and a half cup there to add flavor, texture and smoothness to any dish you’re making.

 

 

You may also like:  Easy DIY Crockpot Greek Yogurt       Delicious and healthy almond butter to make at home 

 

 

Cuisinart 7193-20P Chef’s Classic Stainless 3-Quart Cook and Pour Saucepan with Cover

 

 

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