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White Sauce" substitute for Cream of _____ Soup

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Why I Love This Recipe

The part of me that loves to cook from scratch (though I'm a little cheap and lazy) dislikes the idea of cooking with cans of soup. It's not any cheaper and only barely faster. So here's a substitute that's cost-efficient and easy. I learned this from a great cookbook called "The More With Less Cookbook."

Just make a 5-minute white sauce with a few ingredients and a wire whisk. You can change the flavor infinitely with different herbs, seasonings, cheeses, broths and vegetables.

Ingredients You'll Need

Basic White Sauce
For a thin sauce, use the first #amount, for Medium the 2nd, for Medium-Thick the third, and for Thick the 4th. Does that make sense?

Melt in heavy saucepan:
butter/margarine 1T for thin 2T for medium 3T for medium-thick 4T for thick


Blend in, cooking and stirring until bubby:

flour 1T for thin 2T for medium 3T for medium-thick 4T for thick

salt 1/4 tsp (no matter what consistency)

Using a wire whisk to prevent lumps, stir in

milk, stock, or combination 1 cup (no matter which consistency)

Cook just until smooth and thickened. Makes slightly over 1 cup. Medium-thick compares to undiluted condensed soups and makes approx. the same amount contained in one 10-oz can.


Cheese Sauce: add 1/2 c. grated nippy cheese and 1/4 tsp dry mustard

Tomato Sauce: use tomato juice as liquid, add dash each of garlic salt, onion salt, basil, oregano

Mushroom sauce: saute 1/4 c. chopped mushrooms and 1 T finely chopped onion in margarine before adding flour

Chicken Sauce: use chicken broth or buillon as half the liquid. Add 1/4 t. poultry seasoning or sage and diced cooked chicken, if available.

Vary flavor with the following (or whatever you can think of):

curry powder

garlic, onion, or celery salt

sauted onions, celery or mushrooms

grated nutmeg

lemon juice

worcestershire sauce

chili powder

chopped or blended vegetables

chopped parsley

chopped chives

chopped hard-cooked eggs

Sky's the limit!

Questions, Comments & Reviews

Hey, I have the same fear of canned soup. Thanks for posting. Cheers...

This is a really great recipe and set of suggestions. I never make anything that has cream of whatever soup in it, but now maybe I will. Thanks!

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