A few days ago, I was shopping for the ingredients to make Cheesy Ham & Potatoes. I was making the casserole for a friend, and one of the requirements her family has is no soy products. So I read the label for the condensed celery soup, and of course found soy, along with a lot of other random ingredients. MSG, soy something or other, artificial flavoring, mushy celery... sorry Campbell's, you just converted me to making my own. I threw a bunch of celery in my cart & determined to figure it out.
I found 2 recipes online that looked like what I wanted, so I combined them and came up with this. It is delicious, has simple ingredients, and is a ton cheaper than the cans! Plus the celery actually looks & tastes like celery! I'm planning to make a batch of it to freeze, so it won't add too much time when I'm making dinner. The Cheesy Ham & Potato casserole turned out better than ever when made with this. I hope you like it!
* You can alter this to make whatever kind of condensed soup you want. I've also made it with finely diced mushrooms & beef broth in place of the chicken broth, and it made a pretty good cream of mushroom soup.
Condensed Cream of Celery Soup
Printable version here
Yield: The amount of 2 (10.75 oz.) cans
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. minced onion
3 celery ribs, minced (a food processor works great for this)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
Salt & pepper to taste
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; add onion & celery and saute until tender (about 5 minutes). Add garlic & saute 30 seconds more.
Add flour and whisk until smooth and bubbly (mixture will be thick). Cook for 1 minute. Gradually add milk & broth, whisking to keep smooth.
Bring to a gentle boil, whisking constantly. Simmer for a few minutes until thickened. Add salt & pepper to taste.
- Soup can be frozen for later use. It will separate after thawing. To fix this, I heat the thawed soup in a small pan, and whisk occasionally. By the time it is heated through, it is back to normal.
(The recipe that this is based on was taken from here)