Need a quick recipe? This tutorial on how to make condensed soup is great for cream of chicken or mushroom and takes just a few ingredients!

In an effort to keep our grocery bill low and also feed my family healthy foods, we’ve learned the easiest way to do this is to make it at home. Not only does it save us time and money, but by cutting out common ingredients in processed foods, it’s allowed my stomach to heal.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of extra time in my day. Preparing foods that tastes good (because even if it’s healthy if my kids and hubby hate it, it’s wasted) and are healthy are high on my priority. When I find a from scratch homemade version of something that tastes amazing, only contains real food ingredients, and can be made in just 5 minutes, I’m in!

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When I first started reading ingredient labels and investigating the things in the foods I was purchasing and cooking with, I wasn’t very happy with what I found. I embarked on a journey to replace the processed foods we’d come to see as common on grocery stores with homemade versions.

I used to buy cans of condensed cream of chicken and mushroom soup almost every time I went to the store. They went into so many of the casseroles and meals I was preparing. However, those babies can add up and if you start to look at the ingredients… let’s just say they were one of the first things we tossed.

Even if you’re not looking to improve your health, you can make the at home equivalent for less than a dollar, in less than 5 minutes, and that’s with organic ingredients and no preservatives, woot, woot! (I get a little excited about this kind of stuff, if ya can’t tell)

Imagine never having to worry if you have a can of that on hand when you go to prepare a meal and never having to purchase it from the store again. Amazing, right?

Easy Homemade Condensed Soup

Assemble your ingredients for the cream of chicken soup: butter, flour, milk and garlic powder.

Here is what you need:

3 Tablespoons butter (or coconut oil)
3 Tablespoons flour (or cornstarch)
1 cup milk or chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder (optional)
 

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil over medium heat.

Step 1: Melt 3 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil over medium heat.

Stir in 3 tablespoons of flour to butter and create a thick paste.

Step 2: Stir in 3 tablespoons of flour (cornstarch if you’re gluten free will work, too) and create a thick paste.

Pour in one cup of milk to thick flour paste.

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Step 3: Pour in 1 cup of liquid. You can use chicken broth, milk, or a mixture of the two. For dairy free use all chicken broth or your favorite non-dairy milk of choice.

Mix flour and milk until combined.

Step 4: Stir until liquid is absorbed into paste. Cook over low medium heat for a minute until mixture thickens up. Add in salt and pepper to taste. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic and onion powder if desired. If mixture is too thick, add in 1/4 cup liquid at a time until desired consistency.

Homemade Condensed Soup

This easy to make homemade version is healthier and tastes so much better than the canned stuff.
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade Condensed Soup
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 mason jar

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons butter or coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons flour or cornstarch
  • 1 cup milk or chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder optional

Instructions

  1. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Stir in 3 tablespoons of flour (cornstarch if you're gluten free will work, too) and create a thick paste.
  3. Pour in 1 cup of liquid. You can use chicken broth, milk, or a mixture of the two. For dairy free use all chicken broth or your favorite non-dairy milk of choice.
  4. Stir until liquid is absorbed into paste. Cook over low medium heat for a minute until mixture thickens up.Add in salt and pepper to taste. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic and onion powder if desired. If mixture is too thick, add in 1/4 cup liquid at a time until desired consistency.

Recipe Notes

For cream of mushroom soup, dice up a handful of mushrooms and saute in the butter for 2 minutes before adding in flour. You may also dice up garlic and onion and saute if you don't have any garlic or onion powder.

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Think making condensed soup from scratch is way too much effort? Think again! Don't miss these simple instructions from @Melissa K Norris for how to whip up homemade cream of chicken soup in minutes with just a few easy ingredients! It's cheaper and healthier than the canned stuff--why not try it today?

Melissa K Norris
Melissa K. Norris lives in the Pacific Northwest in her own little house in the big woods with her husband, two children, seven cows, and five chickens. She inspires people's faith and pioneer roots through her blog, books, and podcast with topics on heirloom gardening, preserving the harvest, cooking from scratch meals, and raising livestock. Start living the simple life and pioneering today at www.melissaknorris.com
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