Cream-Style Soup Mix Recipe
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Cream-Style Soup Mix Recipe

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This easy soup mix is a wonderful substitute for canned cream soup in a recipe. It’s great to have on hand for those nights when you need to whip up supper in a hurry. —DeAnn Alleva, Worthington, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup mashed potato flakes
  • 1/4 cup chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried celery flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Nutritional Facts

3 tablespoon mix: 87 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 715mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, trace fiber), 6g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Use as a substitute for half of a 10-3/4-oz. can of condensed cream of chicken, mushroom or celery soup.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk 2/3 cup water and 3 tablespoons soup mix. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly, whisking occasionally.
  3. For mushroom soup, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup sauteed sliced mushrooms. For celery soup, add 1/8 teaspoon celery salt or one sauteed sliced or chopped celery rib.
  4. Homemade Cream-Style Soup Mix may be used to prepare the following recipes: Grilled Chicken with Cream Sauce and Seafood Thermidor. Yield: 3 cups (16 batches).
Originally published as Homemade Cream-Style Soup Mix in Cooking for 2 Fall 2006, p17

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Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"Just curious as to how this is so much better than the canned I variety -- hasn't anyone ever read the ingredients in chicken bouillon granules??"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"This is great! I used in place of cream of chicken soup in a skillet recipe and it worked fine. We could not tell the difference. I mixed it up before adding to skillet, but next time I will just add the mix and water to the pan. Cheaper and healthier to boot. Thank you DeAnn!"

Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"I predict this powdered soup starter will become a staple in my pantry. I hate using "canned" soups in recipes because of sodium, fat, etc. (not to mention preservative) contents. This is a much healthier version and I don't have to worry about using it for meals I prepare for my gluten-free friends!"

Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"What a great idea, especially because my favorite cream soup is now up to $1.65 per can. This sounds like a good alternative. Just had to say thanks to DeAnn from Worthington OH - I grew up there. :-)"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"Good. Can tweak seasonings and salt as desired. Thickens very well. I quit buying the canned stuff."

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