Homemade ‘cream of soup’ sauce are a bazillion times better than the canned version. Because they taste better…fresher…and because you know exactly the ingredients that were added to the sauce. You can pronounce them all. And then there’s the you can season it as you like. Give it some garlic flare. Or a punch of onion flavor.
I began making homemade ‘cream of soup’ sauces when I lived in the Dominican Republic because at that time, they didn’t carry the canned version in the colmados and supermercados in our town. I continue to make the homemade version today because we deal with multiple children having food allergy/intolerance to dairy.
I use a dairy-free margarine and rice milk to make the dairy free version. You can use regular salted butter and 2% or whole milk for a dairy version. (I prefer not to use skim milk as it makes the sauce to thin. If you’re trying to save calories, maybe add a little more skim milk and let some of the water boil off to thicken it up!)
Here’s how it works…
Medium-high heat. Skillet with tall edge or saucepan.
Give it a good swirl so that the pan is coated in the butter.
Whisk. Whisk. Whisk. Into a paste.
A very bubbly paste.
Quickly whisk in the milk, so no clumps form.
Yes, pour and whisk at the same time.
It will become smooth and thicken as it heats.
Medium to medium low heat.
You don’t want to burn the sauce.
Drop in mushrooms.
And/or chopped onions.
And/or fresh crushed garlic.
Let them cook up and bubble in the sauce for a few minutes. Season to taste.
Use in recipes that call for a can of cream of mushroom soup!
$5 Dinners Recipes with Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Creamy Ranch Chicken Skillet Dinner
- Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken
- Slow Cooker Ranch Beef Roast
- Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Skillet (Homemade cream of sauce…mushrooms optional!)
- Slow Cooker Cube Steak Dinner
- Swedish Meatballs
- Cajun Chicken Fettuccine (Homemade cream of sauce…mushrooms optional!)
Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup
Yield – about 4 cups
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
Cooking Time – 10 minutes
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 4 Tbsp flour (GF flour if need the sauce to be GF)
- 3 cups milk
- 4 oz. fresh mushrooms, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional spices: garlic powder or fresh crushed garlic, onion powder or minced onion or fresh chopped onion, Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning
- Melt the butter and then whisk in the flour to form a paste.
- Whisk in the milk and let thicken over medium/medium-low heat.
- Stir in the mushrooms and let cook for a few minutes. Season to taste.