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posted: 02/25/20

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Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup is an easy homemade swap for a grocery staple. Use this to replace the can when you want a from scratch dinner!

This is perfect in my Cream of Mushroom Chicken.

a mason jar containing condensed cream of mushroom soup with three fresh mushrooms sitting on one side of it and fresh parsley on the other, a cloth napkin in the background

I had an interesting conversation with some close friends about making dinner recently. They are all working moms and my go-tos for bouncing ideas off. They are beautifully kind and honest, and I’m damn lucky to have them.

I asked them if they prefer recipes that are all from scratch or if they like to have short cuts – like seasoning mixes, condensed soups, frozen vegetables, etc.

The response sort of surprised me. They told me that they like a mixture. They like to be able to cook from scratch, but also have a recipe that gives them the option of short cuts.

So since then that has been my goal. I want to provide you with recipes that allow for short cuts when you want them. But also let you know how to cook them totally from scratch if that is your goal. 

My Crockpot Chicken Tacos that use either homemade seasoning or a packet is a perfect example. My Chicken Spaghetti calls for spaghetti seasoning mix, but also gives instructions so you can make your own. Another great example is my Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Casserole. In that one you can either use homemade condensed cream of chicken soup, or the can. 

 No judgement either way, guys. You do you.

So. I’m working to build out my pantry swaps. The next one up is Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup. In my humble opinion, it is way better than the can. But as I move forward giving you recipes using this, you’ll be able to use either.

an overhead view of a pile of mushrooms on a cutting board that have been diced very small

INGREDIENTS FOR CONDENSED CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP

  • Mushrooms, diced very small
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

I’m willing to bet, that the only things you won’t have on hand are the stock and the mushrooms. So this is a recipe that will take some planning ahead. 

But if you are someone who gets turned off from recipes that include canned ingredients, you will love having this recipe on hand.

a close up picture of a pile of very finely diced mushrooms on a cutting board

A NOTE ABOUT THE MUSHROOMS

So obviously we need mushrooms for this recipe, right? It is what gives the condensed soup that deep, rich, earthy taste.

A big key to this recipe though is to dice the mushrooms really fine. Cut them thin one way, turn them, and cut them thin the other way. You will end up with a large pile of matchstick like mushroom pieces. Then dice the whole pile very fine.

HOW TO MAKE A ROUX

The most important step of this recipe is making the roux.

A roux is when you mix a fat (in this case butter) with flour. In this recipe we are using the butter to sauté the mushrooms before we add in the flour. 

After you add the flour in, it’s really important to whisk the stock in slowly. I’m a control freak about this and go just a tiny bit at a time – about a tablespoon – before gradually adding more and then all of it.

The roux is what makes this condensed soup thick and creamy.

overhead view of a teal skillet on a gray countertop with homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup in it

CONSISTENCY

Right after you make this it will be thin-ish. It won’t have the consistency of the canned stuff at all. If you let it sit and if you make it ahead of time, it will be more what you are used to buying.

STORING THIS CONDENSED SOUP

One thing I love about this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To store it, allow it to cool. After it is no longer steaming, transfer it to a food safe container. Store in the refrigerator.

Everything I have read does not recommend canning dairy. So, unfortunately, I’m not going to give instructions for that as I want to keep this recipe risk free for you.

OTHER GREAT GROCERY STORE SWAPS

If you are like my friends and want to sometimes make things from scratch and other times not, here are some of my other great grocery store replacement recipes.

If you make this recipe please leave me a comment and let me know how it worked for you! I love hearing from you.

a spoonful of homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup dripping into the jar
a spoonful of homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup dripping into the jar
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Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

Serves: 11 ounces
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup is an easy homemade swap for a grocery staple. Use this to replace the can when you want a from scratch dinner!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces mushrooms chopped small
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large skillet melt the butter. Add the mushrooms and saute until they are soft, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Whisk in the flour and then very slowly whisk in the chicken stock. Add just a few tablespoons at a time, whisking to combine it, until it is completely added.
  • Whisk in the milk, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a simmer, and then cook, stirring often, over low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and use in a recipe right away. Or allow to cool and then store in the refrigerator in an airt tight container for up to three days.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
a spoonful of homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup dripping into the jar

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  1. Brenda says

    Sounds wonderful! I’m going to make this and can it in jelly jars to cook with.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Brenda, everything I have read recommends against canning dairy products. Please make sure you fully research how to do that safely before proceeding.

  2. Elaine says

    I was wondering if I could make this recipe with oat ¨milk¨since I don’t use dairy products.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Elaine, I haven’t tried that. I will say that the dairy alternatives on the market these days are fantastic, I think it would work. The taste will be slightly different, but the consistency should be fine and work in recipes that use condensed cream of mushroom soup.

      • Elaine says

        Thanks Lisa I’ve been searching for alternative since I used to love cream of msuhrooms, but now I will try this for sure :)

  3. Kathleen says

    The recipe sounds easy to make and tasty. Thank you. Showing the soup in a canning jar was misleading. At first, I thought that possibly you would have the Canning Directions too.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Kathleen, I’m sorry you felt misled. Everything I have read recommends against canning dairy. So I don’t feel comfortable teaching my readers how to do that. That said, this is exactly how I store this recipe in my refrigerator when I make it ahead, so it seemed like a natural choice for photographing it.

  4. Jennifer says

    This sounds amazing! I love mushroom soup but have never liked getting food from tins. I do wonder, is this a cannable recipe? I’m sure it would have to be properly heat sealed, and I wouldn’t want to store it too long, but I’d still want to do at least a couple jars at a time to use over several weeks or a month. Would it last?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Jennifer, what I have read recommends against canning dairy. If you still want to can this, I would definitely suggest doing your research.

  5. Sue Ann McClelland says

    Would it be ok to use canned mushrooms in this recipe? We are stuck at home right now and not able to go out and buy fresh mushrooms .

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried it with canned mushrooms, but I think as long as they are properly drained it should be fine.

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