Master Recipe: Cream of "Whatever" Soup Base

Andy Anderson !


If you can, you should stop using those sodium-filled cans of soup in your recipes. You would be surprised at how easy, and inexpensive it is to make your own cream-based soup.

This is just another one of my master recipes on developing a good soup base.

Cans of... Cream of Mushroom Soup, Cream of Chicken Soup, Cream of Celery Soup… GOODBYE.

This recipe will make about three cups of yummy cream base.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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3 c
chicken stock (not broth), you could also use vegetable stock
1 c
milk, full fat, or you could use cream, or half & half
4 Tbsp
sweet butter, unsalted
4 Tbsp
flour, all purpose variety
1/2 tsp
salt, kosher variety, or to taste
1/4 tsp
onion powder
1/4 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 tsp
black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
1 pinch
cayenne pepper, or to taste


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2Gather your ingredients.

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3Combine the milk & and chicken stock in a small bowl, and reserve.

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4Add the butter to a saucepan over medium heat.

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5When the foaming subsides, add the flour.

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6Whisk until the flour/butter mixture is smooth, and begins to turn a light brown, about 5 – 7 minutes.

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7Chef’s Note: The process of mixing equal amounts of fat and flour is called making a roux.

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8Add the milk/chicken stock mixture, and whisk to combine with the roux.

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9Slowly bring to a simmer, and allow the mixture to thicken, about 5 – 7 minutes.

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10Add the spices, and season to taste.

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11Chef’s Tip: If you are using broth, instead of stock, skip adding the salt.

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12Remove from heat, cover, and reserve.

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13Chef’s Note: You can prepare the base several days ahead of time. Just cover and refrigerate until needed.

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14Where do I go from here… Add sautéed mushrooms for cream of mushroom soup… add sautéed celery for cream of celery soup… add some diced carrots, celery and chicken for cream of chicken soup…

Add additional spices to fit the need.

You get the idea.

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15Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American