Sunday, March 20, 2016

Condensed Cream of Something Soup

NOTE:  I checked a can of Cream of Chicken and basically this is the recipe but it also mentions chicken yeast, onion and celery extract so I think some celery leaves and onion are correct but possibly adding nutritional yeast would be appropriate to this recipe.  The Campbell's seems to be just Cream, Chicken broth, celery, onion and the chicken yeast so very simple!

Condensed Cream of "Something" Soup.
It is a dry mix that, when you need some cream soup for a recipe you just add water. It is much less expensive then buying a can of soup at the market.
Since I had everything needed to make up a batch I went a step further and made up a gallon containers worth.

Cream of "something" soup recipe
1 cup non-fat dried milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup bouillon (if you have cubes you have to smash them up)
You can use whatever kind you like (ie, beef, veggie)
4 Tablespoons freeze dried minced onions (I used the minced onions from Sam's Club)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme (I couldn't find the thyme so I used dried parsley instead)
1 teaspoon pepper
(For the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup water. Cook until thick)
(Add 1 tsp of butter for extra richness.  I saw this in another recipe and made sense)

I keep it in the pantry and as you can see the recipe is taped on the outside. (so I don't lose it...cause I will if it ain't connected!)
Anyway, the lady that showed us how to make this awesome stuff made up a sample. She just cooked up some elbow macaroni and mixed it with the soup, added a little cheese and warmed it through in the oven.
It was GOOD!!
Last week I was in a pinch as to what to cook for dinner so I made that same recipe up but added chicken. The pan was emptied!
That rarely happens at our house.
Tonight, after painting furniture all day.(post to come later) I didn't really want to cook all day.
I will make that again but add something new.
Todays addition??? The ever loved, every devoured while still too hot to touch.
I don't know about all of you but bacon is the
candy of meat for me! I have to make a few extra pieces just... well just because!
Chicken Bacon Noodle Casserole
There are no exact measurements. Make it according to your family size.
Elbow macaroni, cooked
Cream of Something soup, thickened
cheddar cheese, grated
chicken, shredded
bacon, cooked and diced
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix to combine. Pour in a 13x9 inch baking dish. Cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until bubbling.
Remember: You can add anything you want. I am trying to figure out a way to sneak in broccoli. Any ideas?

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