Cream Soup Substitute

Just as I was all primed up and ready to make my Tater Tot Casserole I opened the cupboard and realized that I was all out of cream of mushroom soup.


Amelia was sleeping and I could not leave the house to get more soup.

I really, really wanted tater tot casserole.
Suddenly I remembered that there was a recipe in my Simply in Season cookbook for this and crossed my fingers that I would have what I needed to whip some up. Now I'll never buy creamed soup again, either. It's quick as a wink to put together and has nothing unfamiliar in the recipe. I was shocked at how quick it was to make, really. And to top it all off it was tasty and cheap. Normally I don't have dry milk powder on hand, but I had purchased some for making pancake mix and still had some left. They sell in in bulk at my grocery store, so it's very inexpensive to buy just what I need.

I only made up 1/4 of the recipe for my casserole and found that you can divide the recipe without using exact measurements and still come up with a great product. I think I used 1/4 c. milk powder, 3T. corstarch, 1 bouillon cube, a sprinkle of basil, garlic salt and pepper. Then I mixed in 1 1/2 C. water to this mixture and came up with a perfect soup substitute for my casserole. I probably could have added more water and been fine for making even more out of my base.

When something is quick, cheap, convenient, healthy, and TASTY I'm in.

Cream Soup Substitute

2 C. dry milk powder
3/4 C. cornstarch
1/4 C. bouillon granules
1t. dried basil
1/2 t. pepper
1 t. garlic salt
Mix together and store in a covered container in the refrigerator. To use combine 1 1/4 cups cold water with 1/3 cup of the mix in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.Substitute this sauce for a 10-oz can of condensed cream soup.


  1. Oh, this is brilliant! I never have canned cream soup, so a recipe for my own (where I can control the sodium) is priceless! xo

  2. I love this! I use cream soup often for recipes, but sometimes I leery of all the ingredients...this is the perfect alternative (and for when the cupboards are bare!)

  3. Love it! I recently searched high and low for a cream soup to put in a recipe, and had a tough time finding one without a lot of mysterious ingredients. I had to settle on a 3 dollar can of organic - yikes! Now my problems are solved! Thanks!!

  4. How great! I have experienced such dinner crisis - good thing I now have a quick solution. You are the best! -S

  5. Listen, sister. You are seriously cutting into my free time. There's nobody here to cook for but me (except for LOST watch party nights), and every other day you've got me “into that kitchen, rattling those pots and pans.” Do you have any idea how long it's going to take me to eat an entire tater tot casserole all by myself? Or a whole batch of home-made granola bars? Have you any idea how monstrously large I will be after I do? Cut me some slack and post something icky, whydoncha?


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