Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Cream Soup Mix
I’ve been trying to make more and more of my own foods, especially convenience foods, partly because it is more healthful and partly because it is less expensive. A couple of years ago I came across this Homemade Cream Soup Mix recipe, began using it and fell in love. It so easy to make, both when you create the mix and when you stir up the soup to use it in a recipe. It is also very inexpensive- I figured it cost me right around $0.25 to $0.30 per 1 serving (equivalent to 1 can). And the great thing is you can mix up as much or as little as you need.
I will tell you that this Homemade Cream Soup Mix is a bit more runny than the store bought versions, but I have never had any issue with my recipes turning out strangely as a result. At the very most they were maybe not quite as thick depending on the recipe. (Update: I finally found the dried vegetable flakes and it really has made the cream soup a much thicker consistency. So while the recipe works without it, it is a bit thinner than bought cream soup. With the vegetable flakes it’s more like the bought soup consistency.)
2 tablespoons dried vegetable flakes
In a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients; cover and process until vegetable flakes are finely chopped. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year.
When ready to make whisk 1 1/3 cups water and 6 tablespoons soup mix together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high, uncovered, for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, stirring occasionally. 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.
Update: If I’m using this in a casserole etc. I actually never add the mushrooms or celery- just use the plain cream soup and it tastes great. Easy as can be!
* So far I have been unable to find these so I just make it without. It still works quite well!
For other recipe ideas, check out Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s Tasty Tuesday, Blessed with Grace’s Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Simply Rebekah’s Frugal Photo Friday and 33 Shades of Green’s Tasty Tuesday’s.