Wednesday, February 22



One of the best recipes in the collection - I probably use it as a soup or in powdered form to create a casserole, twice a week in winter soup season. I keep this soup mix foremost in the front of the pantry -- (so the darling husband, Mr. Darcey can find it.)

Condensed Soup (powdered mix) version below

GF creamed soup

1 cup cold milk
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp salt dash of pepper

In a small saucepan, whisk milk and cornstarch till well blended. Stir in butter, bouillon, salt, and pepper. Heat to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer on low for one minute more to thicken.

Use in recipes to replace one can of cream of anything soup.

Cream of Mushroom Soup: Stir in a drained 4 ounce can of mushroom pieces to the recipe above.

Cream of Chicken Soup: Already flavored, you could stir in 1/2 cup cooked chicken pieces to the recipe above.

Cream of Celery Soup:Stir in 1/2 cup sautéed chopped celery to the recipe above.

Cream of Something Soup Mix
GF/CF Version

I keep a container of this in the cupboard and just use a scoop of it with water whenever I need a can of cream of something soup. If it is a can of condensed soup that I need, I half the water as liquid and double the powder.

2 cups of dry powdered milk or gf/cf nondairy creamer
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup bouillon granules
1 Tbs dry onion flakes
1 teaspoon each basil and garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons dry celery flakes (optional)
1 tsp salt

To make the mix, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix them up, distributing everything evenly. Stored in a quart size container, well sealed, this mix will keep for several months.

To prepare as soup: combine 1/3 cup mix and 1 1/4 cups cool tap water in a small saucepan. Stir in well and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil and stir for a full minute. Remove from heat. It is now ready to use in any recipe calling for a can of Cream of Mushroom, Celery or Chicken Soup. This works in any casserole.

Microwave instructions - reduce the liquid to 1 cup because it does not evaporate during the cooking process.

This recipe contains no added fat - a benefit. But if you want you can add a tablespoon of margarine or bacon grease for more flavor, but it really doesn't need it. This recipe makes 9 cans of soup and may save you about $8.00 if you used to use Campbell's brand... and 80% more than that if you discover a stash of Progresso Cream of Mushroom . (Stores never have it!)

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