Ditch the can. It's easy to make your own Cream of Mushroom Soup from scratch at home with just a few simple ingredients!
Cream of Mushroom Soup, it's a staple in your cupboard, right? Especially this time of the year. Because how else could you make a classic, comfortingly creamy casserole? But have you ever really looked at the ingredients of a can of good ol' Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup? It's not great. No biggie, I've got your back with this easy and >dare I say< WAY more delicious Cream of Mushroom Soup From Scratch!
Ok, I know, I know. Opening a can of good ol' Campbell's is soooo easy. But trust me. The added effort (and really, it's not that much extra effort) is sooo worth it. The flavor of this soup is so rich and savory and your have the added benefit of knowing exactly what's in it.
- Mushrooms - We prefer cremini but button would also be great!
- Half and Half
- Flour - All purpose is best, but you could also use a gluten free flour. I'd stay away from almond or coconut, though.
- Salted Butter - You could use unsalted butter if that is all you have, but that just means add a little more salt (1/4 teaspoon for every 1/2 cup of butter).
- Fresh Sage - Fresh is really key. We've made this with dried and it's just not the same.
- Kosher Salt
- Chicken Stock - Not pictured, but key! To keep it vegetarian, you could also use Vegetable Stock.
The key to the Cream of Mushroom soup? Fresh mushrooms. And a lot of them. I chose these big beautiful creminis.
Step 1: Slice the mushrooms.
Step 2: Saute Mushrooms in butter.
Step 3: In a deep saute pan, create a roux by melting butter and adding flour.
Step 4: Make a milk and cream to roux and create a creamy base, cooking for about 30 minutes.
Step 5: Add soup mixture to mushrooms and then add chicken stock and mix well.
Step 6: Remove from heat and let cool before adding to jars, freezer bags, or using immediately in your favorite casserole dish!
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Best part - you can make a large batch and freeze it for whenever you're ready to use it. Or, if you have a pressure canner, can those bad boys (a water bath is not sufficient due to low acidity of this soup). Otherwise, just toss a couple of cups into freezer bags and freeze it like you would any other soup.
To put into freezer bags, this tool is an absolute must!
Cream of Mushroom Soup From Scratch
- 16 oz cremini mushrooms - cleaned and sliced halved if large
- 4 + 2 tablespoon of salted butter
- 4 tablespoons of flour
- 2 cups half and half
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 2 cups room temp or warm chicken stock or vegetable stock*
- 6 leaves of sage julianned
- 3 pinches salt to taste
- 2 pinches ground pepper to taste
- In a medium pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter on medium low and add flour stirring constantly to create a roux. Be careful not to burn flour and once all the flour and butter is incorporated and lightly browned, add cream and milk slowly, stirring constantly. Add salt, pepper, and sage.
- Turn down heat down a little so milk doesn't burn and reduce for at least 30 minutes or until it's reached desired thickness.
- Meanwhile, in a large saute pan with melt 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat and add mushrooms. Saute until almost all the moisture is cooked off.
- Add soup to mushrooms in saute pan and mix well. Add chicken stock and mix well until combined. Continue to cook and reduce for another 10-15 minutes until desired thickness is reached.
- Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to jars for canning or freezer bags to freeze.
- Yields approximately 5 cups.
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