Use this healthier Cream of Anything Soup Mix recipe in place of the canned variety for all of the flavor without the extra sodium, calories, and fat.
This soup mix is perfect for busy days…
During the school year, I spend my days homeschooling and my evenings taking the kids to martial arts or scouts. I use my slow cooker several times a week because without it, I wouldn’t be able to get dinner on the table before we have to leave.
So many slow cooker recipes call for cream of something soup. I like the convenience of cooking with it, but I prefer to cook with healthier foods. Luckily, there is a healthier option. You can make your own cream of anything soup mix!
I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this sooner. I guess I thought that cream of something soups were just a thing that I couldn’t make at home.
This cream of anything soup mix recipe is so easy to make with things that I regularly keep on hand, and it just takes a few minutes to make. It makes almost 5 cups of soup mix, so it replaces 15 cans of soup. That’s more than enough to last us several months.
I didn’t calculate how much each item cost because I had everything in my pantry. I’m sure it’s also a significant savings over buying canned soup as well as being healthier.
This cream of anything soup mix recipe has to have a thickener. I use cornstarch, but you can also use arrowroot powder. They both thicken your recipe, but arrowroot powder is generally better at lower temperatures. If you use a slow cooker often, that will work for you. However, if your favorite recipe involves a high oven temperature, the consistency might be off. Using arrowroot powder at higher temperatures won’t harm you or your recipe, but it may not thicken as well as using cornstarch.
Cream of Anything Soup Mix
- 4 cups non-fat powdered milk
- 1.5 cups arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- .5 cups instant chicken bouillon
- 4 tsp dried onion flakes
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp pepper
- Measure all ingredients and place in a bowl. Stir well. You can use a bullet style blender or a food processor to grind into a fine powder if you want. Store in a container with a lid until ready to use.
- When you need a can of soup, heat one cup of water on the stove. Add ⅓ cup dry mix. Cook over low heat until thick, stirring occasionally. I find that a whisk helps it mix better than using a spoon.
- If you want a specific kind of cream of something soup, add one of the following:--½ cup diced mushrooms--½ cup chopped broccoli--½ cup diced celery--½ cup shredded cheddar cheese--½ cup cooked, shredded or cubed chicken--½ cup diced tomatoes
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Cari Dunn is homesteading on an 11.5 acre farm with her husband, three kids, 5 goats, and flock of chickens. She currently blogs at Everything Pretty where she features health and beauty tips along with DIY beauty recipes.