Recipe: Cream of Anything Soup

I’m prepping to speak at the Shepherd’s Conference in Boise tomorrow, and am making a handout of some of my favorite pantry recipes for one of my sessions.  Here’s one that I haven’t shared here before, from Family Feasts for $75 a Week.

Cream of Anything Soup Mix

How many cans of cream soup do you buy in a year?  Here’s an affordable and more delicious variation of the same thing for less money.  If it saves you a trip to the grocery store, that means even more savings:  gas, time, and of course less chance for impulse buying!

Makes 5 c. dry mix (equivalent to 10 cans of condensed soup)

  • 3 c. powdered milk
  • 1 c. cornstarch
  • 1 c. powdered chicken bouillon
  • 2 T. onion powder
  • 1 t. dried thyme
  • 1 t. dried basil
  • ½ t. black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container for up to a year.

To make cream of chicken soup: Whisk together 1/2 c. dry soup, 1¼ c. water and 1 T. butter.  Bring to boil, cook 2-3 min.  Will thicken as it cools.

Cream of mushroom soup variation:  Add ½ c. minced mushrooms

Cream of Celery soup variation: Add ½ c. minced celery

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  1. About this – When you have a recipe that calls for just a can of the condensed soup, do you just use your mix and add less water? I’m thinking I’d half it.
    Also, I think there’s a typo and you mean ‘basil’ instead of ‘basic’. I have your cook book and I love it!

    • Yes, I meant basil– thanks, I fixed it. 🙂 And I use the recipe exactly as shown to substitute for a can of soup– no need to reduce the liquid.

      • Thanks. I thought 10 oz. of water seemed like a condensed can amount, but I thought that maybe this was a recipe to use the mix to make soup to eat plain.

        • Gotcha. To eat it plain, I’d add an additional cup of milk or water. I tend to use this recipe mostly in casseroles, etc that call for canned soup…but I’m sure it would be fine to eat on its own too.

    • Aha! I’ve been wondering the same thing about how much water to use. Thank you for clarifying! 🙂

  2. This is fabulous! I was just complaing to my husband that so many of the ‘easy and fast’ dinners use cream or whatever soup! He can’t have that due to gluten issues. This will be perfect! Thanks!

  3. Not only do you avoid gluten, but MSG and a host of other ingredients that I cannot identify. Great recipe.

  4. Mary, my husband is allergic to chicken:( weird, I know :). Do you have any suggestions on what to use instead of chicken bullion? Usually we substitue vegetable bullion cubes for chicken but I’ve never seen them in granules.

    • I’ve seen beef granules too if that would work.

    • Hi Suzy! Your husband is the only other person I’ve heard of with a chicken allergy. My husband is allergic to chicken and other poultry too!

      I’ve substituted beef bouillon cubes for chicken in many recipes, and they’ve been fine. I have a mortar and pestle that I use to crush the cubes into powder.

      On a side note, his allergy has subsided greatly in the last year (and he’s had it since childhood). The only thing we can attribute the change to is perhaps a vitamin deficiency that was fixed by taking NOW Foods “Adam Men’s Multi” (vitamin)…and prayer. It seemed a silly thing to pray about, but we knew God cares about us, so we prayed…and now the allergy is almost gone. (He eats chicken in moderation now.)

      Grace and peace. 🙂

      • Very interesting. Recently my brother in law has come up allergic to chicken as well. We’ve tried organic and home grown and to no avail he still gets sick. We’ve even been to the emergency room:(. We also carry a epi-pen. Prayer does work;). We serve a great God! I’ll have to give it a try with beef granules:)

  5. When I was making everything from scratch, I used this recipe for all the casseroles. Even then soup was expensive, boy how I would love to pay those prices now!
    Forgot all about it because don’t make any casseroles that require cream of soups anymore.

  6. Could I substitute arrowroot powder for the cornstarch, or would it change the flavor? Thanks for the recipe!

  7. LOVE this. I really don’t like using the canned stuff and this is perfect. Thank you


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