I've inherited several tasty family recipes that are casseroles with canned soup as a base. Is there an easy way to sub a more natural base?

For example -- a cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup substitute that is healthy and fresh? Or should I just give in and admit that it's just a recipe meant to be quick and easy, not fresh and healthy?

  • Posted by: Emily
  • June 20, 2011


ChefJune June 20, 2011
I make a bechamel or a veloute to sub for that canned soup apcray. With a little practice, making them from scratch doesn't take much longer and tastes SO much better. ;)
SKK June 20, 2011
For cream of chicken soup - I use 1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream of half n half
1/4 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
maybe add shallots or garlic to taste
Make a roux by melting butter, add flour, then add chicken broth and cream or half n half, and milk. The milk keeps it from separating.

In regards to cream of mushroom soup, I make the same roux only I saute mushrooms in butter before adding the flour and liquids.
drbabs gave you a great starter for a cream sauce, also.
boulangere June 20, 2011
I use home-made soups over rice often as a way to use a left-over in a way that it becomes something new. Add any kind of cheese that goes well, and there you are.
drbabs June 20, 2011
You could certainly make a flavorful cream sauce and use that as the base instead of the cream of whatever soup. Here's an example of a recipe that does just that:
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