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Cream Soup Substitute

Cream of chicken soup

This is a great substitute for canned cream of “whatever” soup (cream of mushroom or chicken) and perfect for any recipe that calls for cream soups. It only takes minutes to make!

Any time I am perusing Pinterest (are you following me yet?), I always come across a bazillion different recipes that call for cream of whatever soup… cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, etc. And finally, I realized why. Cream soups tend to be involved in quick recipes, and most people I know don’t have an hour to spend making dinner. They’ve got about 30 minutes, and recipes that call for cream of whatever soup tend to come together quickly. Usually they’re casseroles where the oven does most of the work for you.

There’s only one problem though, well, actually two problems. Either you’re like me and you don’t like the gloppy gloop (is glop a word?) creamy mess that comes out of the can of cream of chicken soup, or, you don’t mind the stuff, you just don’t have a can on hand and don’t feel like running to the store.

The solution to both of these problems? Make this easy cream soup substitute. It literally comes together in about 5 minutes and takes minimal effort! And, to boot, it can be frozen and stored in the freezer for about 3 months which means you can make a big batch and divide it up into single use servings.

One of my favorite ways to use this cream soup substitute is in my recipe for Hash Brown Casserole. This recipe is the equivalent of one 10.75 ounce can of cream soup. Just a warning, it will be thick, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

  

Cream Soup Substitute

Cream of chicken soup 2

Prep Time: 2mn
Cook Time: 5mn
Total Time: 7mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and let cook for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Slowly stir in chicken broth, then milk. Whisk until it begins to thicken. Let it simmer for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I usually close any recipe I’m looking at once/or if I hit the condensed soup ingredient.

  2. Awesome, I am going to try this the next time I find a recipe for cream of whatever, I usually skip those recipes because I don’t like the glop

  3. Thank you! SO many recipes I couldn’t make in the past because my pantry held no cream soups!!! Thank you again!!!

  4. Thanks so much for this recipe. I was putting together my Greek Chicken Casserole yesterday, and I realized I had forgotten to buy a can of Cream of Chicken soup. Drats! I suddenly recalled that months ago I had viewed a recipe for a cream soup substitute, but whose blog was it? I had just read your most recent post that morning, so I typed your blog name and “cream soup substitute” in Google and your webpage popped right up! Thank you, thank you, thank, you. It worked perfectly, and saved me $1.67, too!

  5. great little recipe!!! needed a sub for can of condensed cream of shrimp soup. made this using unsalted butter, organic fish broth and reduced fat milk; consistency was thick and perfect for use in dish I was making. additional add-ins were sauteed minced shallots and garlic, old bay seasoning, onion powder. (taste as you add seasonings for right balance.) really good base for so many uses. thanks so much.

  6. Can this be made in bulk and frozen? I hope so! I make so many things with cream of whatever! Would love to have a cheaper, healthier option.

  7. Ruth Elaine Hurley

    This is great—less salt and all natural ingredients. I am going to try using olive oil, almond beverage, and vegetable stock for vegetarian.

  8. if you were trying to make cream of mushroom what would you put in instead of the chicken broth?

  9. thank you for this great substitute!!! I live in Germany but am American and miss a lot of “comfort” casseroles and most call for canned soup, which we don’t have here. Even if we did, I don’t like it too mich, high sodium, salt etc. THIS IS WONDERFUL! @Nicole Fechke, I suggest just adding mushroom flakes (dried mushrooms)…

    • You’re welcome! And thanks for the dried mushroom suggestion!

    • Ah! I live in Germany too and am American and have been struggling with how to substitute. I don’t mind the canned stuff but since I can’t get it I wasn’t sure what to use as a substitute. I have seen recipes that are more involved and not practical for a weekly event. Thank you so much and for the mushroom suggestion!

  10. Oh my — this is wonderful. I am always turning away recipes with canned cream soups, even if they sound great. Now I don’t have to. I can add chicken, mushrooms or cheese or whatever and make this work for any recipe. Thank you!! :)

  11. This is great! Maybe add some onion and garlic powder. Thanks!!

  12. OMG, this is so good. Any time I can substitute canned salt (seems to be the main ingredient in store-bought, pre-cooked anything) with homemade it makes my day.

  13. Mary Kaliszak Davis

    I love this. thanks. I don’t keep chicken broth in the house, too expensive to buy. I keep a plastic tub of chicken base to make stock whenever I need it.

  14. That’s just like a roux with a little chicken broth added. It will work though.

  15. I am looking forward to trying this in a casserole this weekend.

  16. what a great idea. There have been many times I could have used this.

  17. Love the recipe, but your printable needs a title on it, because I would probably forget what it was for!!! Just a thought. Love all your recipes!!

  18. Thank you, I’m going to try this. I searched for this because here in germany there is nothing comparable to condensed cream soup. Now I can try some recipes for my crockpot I bought. Greetings from germany

    • Thanks for the message Daniela! It’s interesting that there’s nothing comparable in Germany. Canned cream soup is just a regular thing here, it’s hard to imagine grocery stores not selling it!

  19. Thank you so much. I have been looking for something like this for a long time. My husband has high potassium levels and I try to avoid using canned anything especially soups because of the high potassium and salt.

  20. Thank You so much for sharing this recipe! I needed a cream soup in order to make a cassorole for dinner. I found this when I searched my pantry and realized I didn’t have cream soup. From now on, I plan to use this instead! Thanks again, I now never have to worry about getting craam soup again for anything.

  21. Curious do you ave any soups that are not cream or cheese?

  22. I have been trying to eat healthy and that means less processed foods…so I NEEDED this little goodie! Thanks so much!

  23. Judith Wanthouse – yes! It’ll be going up a little bit later tonight! :)

  24. Homemade cream soup is THE BEST!!! I love homemade Cream of Mushroom. Yum!

  25. Thank you for this! I was looking for a substitute for a cream of chicken soup because my son has Celiac Disease and all creamed soups have wheat flour in them…I used white rice flour instead of regular flour with this recipe and it turned out awesome! Added a bit of parsley as well to it as it was used in a chicken pot pie recipe!

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