Skip the canned soup and make your own Cream Soup Base Mix that can be used to create cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, cream of chicken soup, etc. for use as soup or in recipes.
Here's a simple dry mix you should keep in your pantry to use when you want some quick creamy soup or need some cream of "anything" soup for a recipe (like other casseroles).
It also makes an easy and thoughtful gift, just pack it in a jar and add a card with the following instructions.
To prepare the equivalent of one can of condensed soup: Cook ½ to 1 cup of the main ingredient in a pot until tender.
Add about 1 ¼ cups of water and 2 cups of mix. Whisk until combined and heat over a medium flame until it reaches your desired thickness.
Cream Soup Base Mix
- 2 ½ cup powdered non-fat dry milk (or powdered rice milk for vegan)
- 1 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot, or ½ cup each cornstarch and mashed potato flakes)
- ⅓ cup chicken bouillon granules (or vegan alternative)
- 2 tablespoon minced onion
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Combine all ingredients and place in a quart mason jar.
- To prepare the equivalent of one can of condensed soup: Cook ½ to 1 cup of the main ingredient in a pot until tender.Add about 1 ¼ cups of water and 2 cups of mix. Whisk until combined and heat over a medium flame until it reaches your desired thickness.
Here are a few other gifts in jars ideas you may enjoy:
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