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Basic Cream Soup

When it comes to soup, just about anything that starts with "cream of …” is sure to warm the soul in winter.

Homemade Cream Soup from Hobby Farms

It’s easy to make a cream soup base, to which you can add whatever vegetables or meat you have on hand. A cream soup is a great way to use up leftovers. To substitute a homemade cream soup in recipes that call for a can of cream soup (such as chicken or celery), use 1⅓ cups of the homemade blend.


  • 1 T. minced onion
  • 2 T. butter or bacon drippings
  • 1½ T. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1 cup milk or light cream
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup cooked vegetables or 1/2 cup cooked vegetables and 1/2 cup chopped, cooked meat

Sauté onion in butter until soft. Blend in flour, salt and paprika. Add 1/4 cup milk and whisk until blended. Slowly add remaining milk, whisking constantly. Then add stock, vegetables and meat. Simmer over medium heat until mixture is suitably thick.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Amanda, West Palm Beach, FL
Posted: 11/8/2014 8:48:29 AM
Wow, if I had known it was this easy, I would have tried it sooner.
Stacey, Kersey, CO
Posted: 12/8/2012 7:42:35 PM
This seems to be an easy answer to my desire to use fewer canned soups---and so easy to make.
Frederick, Ocala, FL
Posted: 6/25/2011 7:08:21 PM
I can really enjoy this soup as the weather gets colder.
Bridgette, LeBeau, LA
Posted: 12/1/2010 5:36:45 PM
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