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Homemade cream of chicken soup substitute is a must have in your recipe wheelhouse. This homemade cream of soup whips up in less than 4 minutes and beats running to the store every time, your health and taste buds will thank me and you’ll never buy a can of glue masquerading as soup again!
This healthy homemade condensed version for cream of chicken or mushroom soup works wonderful in casserole, soup, Instant pot, slow cooker, and sauce recipes without any of the junk found in store bought versions. Plus, it’s extremely frugal and fast to make with standard pantry ingredients you already have on hand.
I have to confess, until I had a health scare and started to read ingredient labels, I cluelessly had no idea the junk that was in so much of the processed items I was buying from the store.
Case in point, Campbell’s condensed cream of chicken soup contains 22 ingredients, including Monosodium Glutamate (aka MGS), Soy Protein Concentrate, soy protein isolate, and “natural flavoring” which doesn’t tell you anything about what it actually is. Put down the can and just say NO!
I’m sad to say it took me more years than I’d care to admit in my early twenties to realize you could even make these items at home. But I can proudly say, since I learned how to make this old fashioned cream of chicken soup recipe I haven’t purchased it in the store since, going on over 10+ years now (are you trying to do the math now and figure out my age? 😉 ) and you’ll soon be able to say the same thing.
Who else loves scratching off a store bought item they never have to buy again?
You can make a wholesome delicious cream of anything soup mix with just 5 ingredients, all of which are normal and whole foods variety.
Want to make this the most decadent rich cream of chicken soup you’ve ever had?
Use cream in place of the milk, you’re welcome!
Want more from scratch homemade versions of pantry staples?
Get over 100 from scratch recipes in Melissa’s book Hand Made: The Modern Guide to Made-from-Scratch Living from easy skillet meals, old-fashioned favorites like molasses sugar cookies, to flaky biscuits (you’ll never go back to the canned kind again), to overnight pancakes (mix up the batter the night before and fry up in the morning), you’ll find hand made has never been easier.
This homemade cream of chicken soup substitute whips up in minutes and only uses 5 ingredients to replace any condensed cream of soup. It’s full of flavor and can be adapted for dairy-free, gluten-free and turned into cream of mushroom soup substitute.
3 Tablespoons butter (dairy free use lard or coconut oil)
3 to 4 Tablespoons flour (organic cornstarch or xanthan gum works for gluten-free thickeners)
1/2 cup milk (for a rich sauce use cream)
1/2 cup chicken broth (for dairy free, use all chicken broth or non-sweetened coconut milk)
1/4 teaspoon salt & dash of pepper
dash of pepper
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter (or fat of choice).
Whisk in flour. It will make a thick paste.
Slowly whisk in liquids. Bring to a simmer (barely a boil), adding more liquid if it becomes too thick. It will thicken up a bit on cooling.
Remove from heat and stir in salt and dash of pepper.
Need a cream of celery substitute: saute a 1/4 cup of finely diced celery in butter before adding flour and other ingredients.
Need a cream of mushroom substitute: saute a 1/4 cup of finely chopped mushrooms in butter (or fat source) before adding flour and other ingredients.
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.