Friday, May 27, 2011

homemade cream of stuff soup

I've never liked Campbell's cream of stuff soups...even a lot of things with it in it. So, for the first 7-8 years of our marriage, I didn't make anything that had it in it. But then I found an Amish recipe for homeade cream of soup. If you know me, you know I love Amish food. I tried it and I really like it. And as a result, I now like gravy as well...which was something else I couldn't stand. But the gravy has to be made with drippings or broth, and not buillon. I just don't like buillon. I don't know the exact recipe since it's so easy to do, I never had to use it again. It's a very simple method and if you can make gravy, you can do this.

This particular soup is cream of mushroom. I start off by adding however much butter to the pot that I need...which is usually about 2 Tbsp and heat it. Then I'll add the mushrooms (or celery, potato, chicken, whatever you need for the flavor you're trying to make). Sautee that until it's tender. Then, I'll add in a touch of chicken broth to reliquify it...a Tbsp or two, not really sure. Then, slowly add in about 2-3 Tbsp flour. I like to make mine thick so it it will look thicker than gravy would at this point. Once all the flour is mixed in, I start pouring in more chicken broth, whisking the entire time. I think it ends up coming out to about a cup? I add salt and pepper and let it simmer for a few minutes to thicken up nicely. It comes out thick like the canned stuff but tastes much better to me. I used this at the beginning of the week to use in a pasta bake that was our last hot meal for a while.


Valerie said...

we're on the same wavelenght !
i grew up hating soups. mostly because my grandmother would eat the canned one or broth with chunks/pieces that i didn't like either. when i got married i got more interested in cooking and beause my husband liked soups i tried a few and discovered i really like vegetable soups. especially the creamy type.
i read your recipe carefully and i can say i make mine the same way. the big difference being i add vegetable broth & corn starch. and i usually add onion or garlic or one potatoe or a granny smith apple, according to what veggie i turn into soup.
yum, it's bedtime and now i'm craving mushroom cream !!!
(sorry for the long comment)

Tiff :o) said...

I can't use onion because of my husband but hadn't thought to replace it with garlic, great idea. An apple? Doesn't that make it sweet?

Valerie said...

nope ! a green (granny smith type not to sweet) apple with some red kuri pumpkin (thats a Fall soup).... yum !!!

ps : LOL at the 2 V ! (your message)

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