Day to Day Adventure: DIY Cream Soup Mix

Monday, March 7, 2011

DIY Cream Soup Mix

My husband really doesn’t like food that has been over salted.  Even peanuts he prefers the ones lightly salted or unsalted.

I try making our meals lower in sodium by making my own cream of _____ soup.  It is also saves me $$$—have you seen how much a can of soup costs?  Yikes!

Use the mix below as a basis for your soup and then add the ingredient that forms the flavor of the soup.  Chop mushrooms, saute a bit in some olive oil & you have cream of mushroom soup with out the mega sodium & preservatives. Chop celery for cream of celery or chop chicken for cream of chicken.

DIY Cream Soup Mix

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder

3/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup instant reduced sodium chicken or beef bouillon granules

1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves

1/2 tsp dried basil leaves

1/4 tsp white pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix well with wire whisk until blended.  Store in an airtight container.

To prepare:

As a substitute for 1 can of condensed cream soup in recipes, stir together 1/3 cup dry mix & 1-1/4 cup water in a glass bowl or sauce pan.  You can microwave this—stirring every 30 seconds—for 2 minutes.  Also it can be heated on the stove while stirring.  I use the microwave because it is faster that way—just don’t for get to stir!  The mix makes the equivalent of 9 cans.  For cream of chicken you might want to use chicken broth instead of water to help with the flavor.

Linked up at Frugal Follies


  1. How similar is the taste to the canned stuff? My husband is very particular about the taste:)

  2. The taste isn't exactly the same. For one thing there isn't as much salt. The consistency is a bit thinner too so if your recipe calls for water you might want to reduce it a bit. I think it tastes as good or better than canned soup and I like knowing what it is in it!

  3. Oh, awesome!!!I rarely make casseroles anymore because I want to avoid the "canned cream soups". I also have a few favorite recipes that call for it and so maybe I'll try this. Thank you so much for sharing

  4. I'm from the south where we use cream soup religiously. I have adjusted my cooking because I don't like to use the canned soup because of the BPA in cans and I'm, also, trying to get away from processed foods. This would solve all of that and allow me to make some of the comfort food that I grew up on. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

  5. Lovely, would you mind if I reprint this at my blog- It would go great with my other DIY recipes. email me at

  6. Thanks so much for letting me repost- will be sure to include a link. This will be a life saver for all those dishes I have to exclude because my husband and sons MSG sensitivity. Thanks so much!


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