Basic White Sauce or Cream Soup Mix

by Cindy Suelzle on June 8, 2016
Cindy Suelzle
Overall Rating: 4/5 | Kids Rating: 4.5/5


I used to dump the powder I find at the bottom of a can of freeze dried food into whatever I was preparing at the time .... Now I save it and keep it in a separate jar for when I want to make something special. Like a wonderful Cream Soup. The sky is the limit for variety: Cream of Mushroom, Chicken, Broccoli, Asparagus, ... you get the picture. This basic soup mix is the perfect convenience food to have on hand. I no longer buy canned soups. I make up a batch and store it in a quart jar. The perfect Meal in a Jar (MIJ)!

Serves: 12

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 5 min

Total Time: 15 min

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* Adjusting the servings on a recipe adjusts only the first measurement for each ingredient, and does not adjust any measurements in the directions.


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The quantities for aprox 12 servings fills one quart and one pint.

  1. Sift together till completely mixed and store in a quart sealer. I never do, but if you want a smoother consistency, crush the FD onion.
  2. To prepare: whisk 1/2 c mix into 2 cups water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 3-5 minutes till nicely thickened, stirring constantly to prevent lumping.
  3. Beautiful thick creamy white sauce. Adjust to preference. Use as soup base for Cream of Mushroom Soup, Cream of Chicken, Cream of Asparagus, Cream of Broccoli, ...whatever you like ......
  4. Simply add about 1/4 cup of the powder you find at the bottom of a can, or crush whatever you like. Add a little bit of bigger pieces for texture.
  5. I would expect a reasonable shelf life on your pantry shelf in a sealed jar to be about 6 months. Personally, I wouldn't want to go much beyond that. But since it's so easy to mix up and all the ingredients are standard in your pantry anyway - no problem.