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.
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 RECIPE
This is a base dry mix recipe that you can then cook to make a can of soup to eat plain or use in a recipe. You can use this cream of anything soup mix recipe ‘as is’ or add one of several options listed below to make a specific cream of something soup.
- 4 cups non-fat powdered milk
- 1 ½ cups cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- ½ cup instant chicken bouillon
- 4 teaspoons dried onion flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon 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. I usually don’t do this, but it can help it mix better when you make the soup. 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
If I’m making something that needs to cook and needs one of the added optional ingredients, then I usually just add it to the recipe instead of to the soup. You can do it however it is easier for you.
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