Need a can of Campbell’s Soup of Cream of Something for a recipe but have none in your pantry? Here is an easy and inexpensive substitute if you are lacking in the can department. This method is also less expensive to make than buying the cans at the market.
Also, see the variations below to make the flavor your recipe calls for.
Basic White Sauce (thick):
- 3 Tablespoons butter or oil
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- dash of pepper
- 1-1/4 cup liquid, milk or stock
Melt butter or oil in saucepan. Stir in flour and seasonings. Cook over medium heat until bubbly. Add liquid slowly, stirring with wire whisk to prevent lumps. Cook until thick. Makes 1 cup or 1 can of condensed soup.
Tomato Soup: Use tomato juice for the liquid. Add dashes of garlic, onion powder, basil and oregano.
Chicken Soup: Use chicken broth for half the liquid. Add 1/4 t. poultry seasoning or sage.
Mushroom/celery/chive soup: Saute 1/4 C chopped mushrooms, celery or chives and 1 T minced onion in butter before adding flour.
Allergy Suggestion: If you use a gluten-free flour (rice, tapioca, etc.) or cornstarch, you can make the soup gluten-free. And if you use a stock rather than milk, you can make it milk-free, too.
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