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3 Homemade Condensed Cream Soup Recipes for You to Bookmark

If your dinner menu has a retro touch, one of your recipes might call for condensed cream of fill-in-the-blank soup.

Check out this collection of three of the most popular condensed soups often called for in recipes. Now you can make them yourself. Customize the soup to accommodate any dietary preference.

Homemade Condensed Cream Soups--a collection of homemade soups
Left: Condensed Cream of Celery Soup; Right Top: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup; Right Bottom: Cream of Condensed Chicken Soup

Why not just buy the red and white can?

Admittedly, it’s easier to buy the red can. However, there may be a compelling reason to make it yourself.

Perhaps you forgot to buy it, or you can’t find the can you purchased, and it’s too late or inconvenient to run to the store.

Probably the biggest reason I make these soups is to use up small amounts of vegetables languishing in my fridge, e.g., mushrooms, celery, leftover chicken, etc. Wasting food bugs me, so recipes like these help me feel virtuous in the kitchen.

Whatever the reason, you may want to PIN these recipes or print them out. You never know when you might need them.

Can I make these gluten-free or low-salt?


Consider what this could mean for that family member who hasn’t enjoyed Green Bean Casserole in years.

If you or somebody you are cooking for is on a strict diet, perhaps you need a recipe calling for less salt, no flour, or some other modification. This collection is perfect for you. (By the way, these recipes are already gluten-free.)

An important note about these homemade condensed cream soup recipes:

When using these soups as part of a recipe, consider that homemade soups are not as stable as a commercially prepared soup. Food companies add ingredients that are hard to read just for that purpose.

So, what does that mean?

Homemade condensed soup may separate when exposed to prolonged periods of high heat. Don’t allow the soup to boil. Stir to restore the creamy texture. Add a bit of cream if you want the sauce to be even smoother. Using whole evaporated milk in the recipe will help.

Can I make these soups ahead of time and freeze?

Yes. However, it may appear curdled when first thawed. Heat and stir to restore the texture.

I hope these recipes will enable you to eat some recipes you thought were no longer allowed for you. Or maybe they will save you a trip to the store on Thanksgiving Eve at 11:00 pm. Either way—Enjoy!