No need for a can full of preservatives. It's easier than you think to make your OWN Condensed Cream of Celery Soup From Scratch with fresh, whole ingredients!
It's a mouthful, but say it with me: Condensed Cream of Celery Soup From Scratch. Did you hear that? That's right. From. Scratch. Oh and it's milk/cream free!
As it is with most all of the recipes I share, the ingredients are simple and whole.
- Fresh Celery - Obviously
- Onion and Garlic- White or yellow onions are best. Red would not be right for this recipe.
- All Purpose Flour - For thickening. You could also use cornstarch, but stay away from bread flour (which has higher gluten content) and you definitely don't want to use a self rising flour.
- Chicken Stock - We prefer chicken stock for this for flavor, but you can absolutely use Vegetable Stock to keep it vegetarian friendly.
- Butter - You could use salted or unsalted. If you use unsalted, for every half cup of salted butter required just add ¼ teaspoon of salt.
- Kosher salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
Did I mention that this recipe is easy? Like surprisingly easy. Like I-only-have-30 minutes-before-we-need-to-rush-out-of the-house kind of easy.
Step 1: Dice the celery, onion, and garlic and saute with butter in a dutch oven.
Step 2: Add flour and mix well.
Step 3: Add stock slowly and then bring to a boil and then let simmer to thicken.
Step 4: Blend with either a blender, immersion blender, or carefully with a food processor.
Blending isn't necessary, but it is what gives it the nice creamy texture - again without having to add any milk!
And done! Creamy, thick, and delicious.
Seriously, so easy. Just a little more effort than opening a can, but then the trade off of freshness and knowing exactly what's in your Condensed Cream of Celery Soup From Scratch (especially when you make your own stock, too!) - now that's completely worth the little extra effort in my book.
Our favorite way to use this soup, our Crock Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup From Scratch!
Our Other Cream of Soups
Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
Plus this Condensed Cream of Celery Soup From Scratch, and now you have three traditionally canned soup 'staples', especially for Crock Pot season, that you can now make from scratch! Stay tuned for all the delicious (and easy) recipes we'll be making with them this fall / winter! 😀
Enjoy! As always, if you make this recipe or any of my others, I love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below, email me, or you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!
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- 1 bunch celery - diced small approximately 4 cups
- 1/2 large white onion - diced small approximately 1 1/2 cups
- 5 garlic cloves - minced
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2/3 cup flour
- 3 cups chicken stock*
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- In a dutch oven or a large shallow pot melt butter over medium heat and add onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and celery for about 5-7 minutes until the onions are translucent and the celery is soft.
- Add flour, mix well and cook for another minute.
- Add the chicken stock. stir, and turn up heat to bring to a boil. Lower heat and let simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
- With an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor blend until mostly creamy.
- Store in an airtight container in fridge for up to 3 days or freezer for a month.
I'm a little confused. If I want to eat this as cream of celery soup instead of using it in a recipe, do I add equal parts milk and the soup to make it as I would a can of condensed cream of celery soup?
Hi Rona! Once you make the soup, you can decide if you'd like to prepare it like you do the canned stuff. Sometimes, I let it simmer only until it's to the consistency that I want to eat it just as a soup. It will thicken as it cools, too so if you store it in the fridge and reheat the next day, then you may want to add some milk.
Do you need to add water or milk when you prepare the condensed soup to serve?
Hi Kathy! I typically just add it without water or milk when a recipe calls for it.
How many servings does this make?
My recipe calls for 1 can.
Hi! This recipe makes 4 cups.
You can’t pressure can things with flour in them. Freezing may be the way to go.
Jacquelyn M Thompson
Made the condensed celery soup with the celery from my garden and absolutely loved it. Thanks!
With fresh home grown celery?! Sounds absolutely perfect. So glad you enjoyed it!
Glenda L Marshall
How long do I pressure can it?
Hi Glenda! With a pressure of about 10-11 lbs, 40 mins. 🙂
Excellent. I made half the recipe and cut salt to 1/4 tsp. Yummy.
I made this soup with the intent to pressure can it but the extention said you cannot can with thickeners in the soup or they could explode in the canner so now i have to throw it out. I'm Mad! I made a double batch.
Hi Debra - Yikes! Don't throw it out! Freeze it or pressure can it. What extension are you taking about?
I looked it up too, since I've canned creamy tomato soup for years and never had a problem before... also it's quite acidic (heartburn city, but it's worth it). But yes, it appears flour/thickening agents prevent heat from penetrating to the center of the jar. It can interfere with safe processing to destroy the bacterial spores that cause botulism...
BUT thank you for the recipe!
Great facts, thank you!!