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Low-fat Cream Soup Substitute

Yet another great use for nonfat dry milk. I don’t know where I’d be without my huge box. I never use “real” milk for recipes, only for drinking and cereal. […]

Yet another great use for nonfat dry milk. I don’t know where I’d be without my huge box. I never use “real” milk for recipes, only for drinking and cereal. With a gallon of milk costing over $3, this saves us a bundle of money. And it couldn’t be easier to substitute. I don’t even whisk the dry milk into the water beforehand, I just add it to the dry ingredients (unless otherwise specified in the recipe) and remember to add the coinciding amount of water later. Check your box for mixing instructions, but the two kinds I’ve gotten both have the ratio of 1/3 cup dry milk to 1 cup water. Easy to remember.

Okay, I got this cream soup recipe from my friend Jana, back when we were both active on the Proverbs 31 Ministry loops. Long time ago. This is a great “mix” to keep on hand, another money-saver. I’ve been grateful for it many times.

Low-fat Cream Soup Substitute

  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup instant chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 TB dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients, mix well and store in airtight container. To use, mix 1/3 cup dry mixture with 1 1/4 cups cold water in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. *Add any ingredients desired (ie: mushrooms, celery) Add to casseroles, etc, as you would cream soup. This makes enough for SEVERAL recipes.

*If you do want to add mushrooms or celery (for cream of mushroom or cream of celery soups) saute them first in a small amount of butter.

I’m sharing this recipe because my very next post is a to-die-for homemade chicken and noodles recipe, and having this cream soup recipe on hand would be a very good thing!

13 replies on “Low-fat Cream Soup Substitute”

Wow, is THAT how long ago that was? I recently just whipped up a batch of this when I realized I was out.
There are some recipes I do like to have the canned, but in a pinch, this is great. Or if a recipe calls for 2 cans, I will do one real can and one of this.

What a great idea! Especially since DH and I are on this health kick…Organic canned soups are $3+ and to use them in baking can really up the price (escpecially when regular canned soups are less than $1). This recipe looks like it’ll really cut that cost and tasty looking too!!!

The Proverbs 31 Ministries…is that the web-site you are talking about? What did you think of it?

Yup, Jana, it was in 2000, can you believe it? Thanks for the additional info on how to use it.

I hope it works great for you guys, Geri. The only thing I was wondering about was the cornstarch, is that something that’s okay? As for the P31 Ministries, when we got internet access, it was the first Christian women’s website that I accessed. I was getting their magazine, and had always wanted to be a part of the women’s groups there. I met Jana there, and several other wonderful ladies. At that time, it was free, now it’s free with a subscription to their magazine. I unsubbed a few years ago. I went from there to a wonderful website and became pretty active on their message boards. Jana did too, btw. 🙂 Anywho, it’s a great site for about every subject in the book that Christian women want to discuss, and I mean everything! I haven’t been active on the boards there in forever though. I discovered blogging! Lol…

Leticia, I don’t have a brand to recommend. I’d say any brand, and that way you wouldn’t have to saute them first (if they were canned). I was thinking if you bought fresh mushrooms or celery, they’d have to be sauteed. The few times I’ve bought canned mushrooms, I’ve gotten them at Aldis. Do you have that chain in your state?

Hi Beck! 🙂

Hi Mary!
This recipe for the creamed soup seems so easy and sound good. Thanks for sharing it!
I know what you mean about sharing your blog with friends and family. I am wondering how my family will take it, although my little sister (not so little anymore now that she is married with kids!) did start a blog, after being inspired by mine. She writes a lot, mainly poetry, and is a christian as well.
If you are interested in seeing some of her writing, her blog is:
She has tremendous faith and I am always touched by her reflective poetry.
Anyways, I am rambling. Thanks for stopping by my page! I hope you all have a blessed week!

Mary, this has nothing to do with soups…(although that is a very good suggestion up there as well!) 🙂

Just wanted to say that I’m so very sorry for the illness in your family! So hard!

Hi Julie, thanks for dropping by, and for sharing your sisters blogsite. I’ll have to stop by there soon. 🙂 Writing is good for the soul, and never a ramble is too long for this comment section!

Have a great week!

Thanks, Holly, it was hard, but I feel really grateful that it wasn’t all of us down at the same time, or more than one even. Hopefully the rest of us miss out! 😉 That would be fine with me! So far so good…

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