Thursday, March 01, 2007

A substitute for condensed mushroom soup

We don't use condensed soup in any of our recipes anymore, since we avoid MSG, artificial colours and flavours. Problem is, many of our favourite quickie casseroles and 15-minute suppers call for a can of mushroom soup to act as the 'sauce'. Hubby mentioned the other day how much he has missed one of his favourites- a broccoli/ ham/ cheese/ rice/ mushroom soup combo the kids dubbed 'Super Supper' years ago. I decided to experiment, and actually came up with a winner! We had 'Super Supper' last night, and it tasted very close to what we were used to, but better (of course!).

I took my favourite quick-n-easy cream of mushroom soup recipe and reduced the liquid- and there you go- condensed soup!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

8 ounces finely chopped mushrooms
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion (optional)
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, combine mushrooms, broth, and onion, and bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Melt butter in another saucepan; blend in flour.

Gradually add milk; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Add sauce to mushrooms and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Makes about 3 cups.


Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for a few days.

The original soup recipe calls for 2 cups of broth and 3 cups of milk- the rest is exactly the same.


Anonymous said...

Thanks. My son has a garlic allergy and we too avoid MSG like the dickens. Most cream soup recipes turn out with too much liquid for the casserole recipes, so I'll try yours!

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised to hear someone else has a garlic allergy! This is exactly why I was looking up a substitute for condensed soup. I'm going to try this tonight; thank you.

Precious 3 said...

Can't wait to try this recipe! I cannot have MSG, and even most MSG free foods still give me migraines. I have to stay away from anything packaged. We also miss some of our favorite casseroles! I've found a good cream of chicken recipe, but now that I have this one I can make our favorite chicken spaghetti.

Dara said...

I used this in my florentine casserole--delish! A great replacement for canned, thank you.