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Cream Soup Mix

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.

Makes

3 cups

This easy-to-make soup mix is great to keep on hand for those nights you need to whip up a satisfying supper in a hurry. It's a great substitute for canned cream soup in a recipe. Or, add leftover chicken, asparagus or mushrooms, for example, and you'll have a steaming bowl of delicious soup in minutes.—Kay Beard, Vass, North Carolina

Ingredients

  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
  2. For a condensed cream soup substitute: Whisk 1/3 cup mix and 1-1/4 cups water in a small saucepan until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. Use as a substitute for one 10-3/4-oz.-can condensed cream of chicken, celery or mushroom soup.
  3. For 1-1/2 cups soup: Whisk 1/3 cup mix and 1-1/2 cups water in a small saucepan until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Nutrition Facts

1/3 cup mix: 152 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 557mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat-free milk.

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  • celliott
    Dec 21, 2020

    I found this in my ToH recipe box and put some together. I took the advice from aicenhour and left out the thyme and basil so I could add it to recipe as needed. If any of you know how to make this mix with a substitute for dry milk, please let me know. I have a son with a very bad case of lactose intolerance.

  • Dianne_Oregon
    Sep 18, 2015

    Excellent, made a chicken veggie soup with turnips, carrots, onions, peppers, seasoned with basil, white wine, salt, pepper and dill.

  • mpowell
    Sep 12, 2014

    This is excellent! Makes an excellent soup and does not need any salt at all. I made a happy mistake and added to much onion powder. I will moderate it some next time - but what a delicious mistake. The only problem is the onion powder over powers anything else I try to add so I will follow the recipe better next time - but great cream of onion ;). Great consistency and really just delicious.

  • dwinokur
    Mar 4, 2014

    Donnalee2- I don't know if this applies to your situation, but cornstarch, if heated for prolonged periods of time, loses it's thickening properties. Therefore, a recipe that is thickened with cornstarch will start out thick and then thin out again. Flour, on the other hand, does not loose it's thickening properties with prolonged heat.

  • aicenhour
    Aug 22, 2013

    I keep this dry mix on hand at all times! Condensed soup is so expensive! But also very useful in casseroles and chicken pies. So, I use this mix. I did delete the basil and thyme for my "base mixture". When I am ready for it, I season according to what dish I am using it for. Excellent!

  • mrsmomrackham
    Oct 28, 2012

    This has saved me so much money! I love this recipe! As a bonus, it's low fat/calorie!

  • gogrannygo2
    Jun 5, 2012

    One of my favorite recipes! This mix is versatile, I use it most often in the crock pot and as a quick gravy. Want a brown gravy, just add a little browning sauce. Read the nutritional analysis, the mix has 10 grams of protein per serving, canned cream soup has 1 gram.

  • kkrausern
    Mar 3, 2012

    i have made this since it was published in the magazine. since then we have not used any canned cream of anything soups. this is so easy to make--i do a double batch and keep it in a quart jar (wide mouth, to make it easier to scoop out.) i can also changem niot up with garlic powder, extra herbs and seasonings when i measure out the 1/4 cup to start the mix. karen

  • Donalee2
    Nov 14, 2011

    MY HUSBAND NEEDS VERY LOW SALT SO I TRIED THIS. IT SEEMS TO BE OK IF YOU ARE GOING TO EAT IT ALL AT THE SAME TIME BUT I FOUND THAT FOR LEFT OVERS IT THINNED OUT AND DIDN'T HAVE A VERY SOUP LIKE CONSISTENCY. THE TASTE IS GOOD. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHY IT SHOULD DO THIS. DONALEE2

  • peggypark
    Oct 26, 2011

    my husband needs a gluten free diet, so now I finally have a substitute for canned soup can't wait to use this in all my old receipes .Thank you.