I am looking for alternatives to the concentrated cream soups used in many casserole recipes. I am most interested in a cream of celery soup alternative. Thank you!
Hi Sara! This is my own recipe, muddled together over many years of cooking daily meals for my family. I still buy canned soups for the convenience, but making my own is economical, better tasting and more nutritious.
Cream of Anything Soup
2 tbsp. minced onion
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 bay leaf
1/8 tsp. mace (or nutmeg)
1/8 tsp. paprika
dash garlic powder (optional)
1 tsp. dry parsley flakes
1 tbsp. "Chicken-in-a-mug" (or 2 bouillon cubes)
2 cups milk
2 cups "Anything", cooked
Saute onion in butter until soft. Stir in flour until bubbling & well mixed. Add milk all at once & stir as you bring to a boil while adding the remaining ingredients. Cover, remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes for flavours to develope before serving.
The "Anything" can be cooked vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, celery, sliced sauteed onions, spinach, etc. Use pureed tomatoes (add 1/2 tsp. soda to prevent curdling) for cream of tomato soup. Add 1 cup each cooked chopped leek and cooked diced potato for a hearty & easy vichysoisse for eating hot. Use sauteed (or 1 can) mushrooms and beef bouillon for great cream of mushroom soup, using the mushroom liquid as part of the milk. For a great corn chowder, use 1/2 cup celery and add a can of creamed corn (pluse some kernel corn too, if you like) and a tablespoon of imitation bacon bits; delicious. Substitute a can of Romano or other beans for a great bean soup; add 1/2 tsp. crushed summer savoury herb for good flavour. If you like your soup thick, use 3 tbsp. each of butter and flour.
If you want to cut calories, you can just use a teaspoon of butter to saute the onion, then add a bit of water and the raw veggies, put the lid on and simmer gently until veggies are tender. Meanwhile mix the spices with the milk and flour in a large jar, screw on the lid and shake well to dissolve the flour. Add to the cooked veggies and bring to boil. Again, cover and let steep for 10 minutes or so.
It takes longer to explain this procedure than to actually do it. Give it a try, and you'll find yourself getting creative with the veggies you use.
DRY CREAM SOUP MIX
Categories: mixes, mix, soup, cream, dry, ww
Yield: 9 Servings
2 c Powdered nonfat milk
3/4 c Cornstarch
4 pk Chicken broth mix
2 tb Dried onion flakes
1 ts Basil
1 ts Thyme
1/2 ts Pepper
Combine and store in an airtight container. Use 1/3 cup of mix to 1
1/4 cup of water. For extra thick, use only 1 cup of water. 1/3 CUP =
1/2 MILK AND 30 CALORIES. Servings are a guess. Could combine this
with cheese for a topping for vegetables or baked potatoes. Also
could use mix with tuna over toast.
VEGETABLE BROTH MIX (VEGETARIAN)
Categories: mixes, vegetarian, mix, broth, vegetable
Yield: 1 Servings
1 tb Onion powder
1 tb Celery salt
1 tb Dried parsley
1 1/2 ts Garlic powder
1 1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Ground savory
1/2 ts Dried marjoram
1/2 ts Dried thyme
1/4 ts Pepper
1/4 ts Turmeric
1/4 ts Ground sage
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Mix again before using. Dried
vegetable flakes can also be added for a flavor bonus.
WORLD'S BEST BEAN SOUP MIX
Categories: mixes, mix, soup, bean, best, worlds
Yield: 40 Servings
1 lb Navy beans
1 lb Great northern beans
1 lb Pinto beans
1 lb Red beans
1 lb Dried soybeans
1 lb Yellow split peas
1 lb Green split peas
1 lb Black eyed peas
1 lb Dried lentils
1 lb Dried limas -- Large
1 lb Dried baby limas
1 lb Barley, pearled
Combine all the ingredients in a large pan or bowl. Measure out 2-cup
gift packages and store in airtight containers.
INSTANT DRIED ONION SOUP
Categories: mixes, soup, onion, dried, instant
3/4 c Instant Onion Flakes
1/3 c Beef broth instant granules
4 ts Onion powder
1/4 ts Celery seed
1/4 ts Sugar
Mix all and store in a tightly-covered glass jar. 5 T = 1.25 oz or 1
package of soup. Leave out the sugar if you prefer
CREAM SOUP MIX
Categories: mixes, mix, soup, cream
2 c Instant nonfat dry milk --
3/4 c Cornstarch
1/4 c Low-sodium chicken bouillon
1 ts Onion powder
1/2 ts Dried thyme
1/2 ts Dried basil
1/4 ts Pepper
Combine all ingredients; mix well. Store in an airtight container.
Yield: 3 cups dry mix. 1/3 cup: 149 cal; 1 gr fat; 6% fat. CONDENSED
CREAM SOUP SUBSTITUTE-Blend 1/3 cup mix and 1-1/4 c water in a 1-qt
saucepanor micro- safe dish until smooth. Bring to boil or micro for
2-1/2 to 3 minutes. Stir occasionally; cool. Use as a substitute for
one 10-3/4 oz can condensed cream of chicken, celery or mushroom soup.
DRIED TOMATO SOUP
Categories: soups, soup, tomato, dried
Yield: 6 Servings
2 tb Olive oil
4 Garlic cloves, large
2 sm Onions, sliced
I simply use water,nutritional yeast, whole wheat flour, salt & pepper.This actually tastes more like a chicken soup base, but it blends beautifully w/ most foods.You could easily add some chopped celery leaves & stems to give it that flavour.I've found that using milk isn't really necessary, but if you prefer, you can use 1/2 water & 1/2 milk or appropriate substitute.
per 1 cup of cold water mix in 2 tablespoons of flour(you can use any type) & approx 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, salt & pepper to taste.Mix well so there are no lumps.
Cook, stirring often (a whisk works best for this) over med. high heat until it comes to a boil &/or thickens completely.Remove from heat.
If you want it thicker, add more flour @ the beginning
Try using coconut milk for your "cream" base. It is available in 14 oz cans in the Asian section of the grocery store.
Here's a non-dairy alternative (if you're so inclined), that I've found is quick and easy, and provides a healthy dose of fiber and soy isoflavones: it's "Kosher Creme It!" a fat free tofu powder that "creams" anything you add it to (dissolves right away and has no "beany" flavor). I add it to soups, salad dressings, and smoothies, and I like the taste better than non-fat milk powder. Plus I like the fact that I'm getting the nutritional benefits of soy. It's available by mail order from "Dixie Diners".
What can you substitute for golden mushroom soup