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.