Cream Soup Substitute

Cream of chicken soup

This is a great substitute for canned cream of “whatever” soup (cream of mushroom or chicken) and perfect for any recipe that calls for cream soups. It only takes minutes to make!

Any time I am perusing Pinterest (are you following me yet?), I always come across a bazillion different recipes that call for cream of whatever soup… cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, etc. And finally, I realized why. Cream soups tend to be involved in quick recipes, and most people I know don’t have an hour to spend making dinner. They’ve got about 30 minutes, and recipes that call for cream of whatever soup tend to come together quickly. Usually they’re casseroles where the oven does most of the work for you.


There’s only one problem though, well, actually two problems. Either you’re like me and you don’t like the gloppy gloop (is glop a word?) creamy mess that comes out of the can of cream of chicken soup, or, you don’t mind the stuff, you just don’t have a can on hand and don’t feel like running to the store.

The solution to both of these problems? Make this easy cream soup substitute. It literally comes together in about 5 minutes and takes minimal effort! And, to boot, it can be frozen and stored in the freezer for about 3 months which means you can make a big batch and divide it up into single use servings.

One of my favorite ways to use this cream soup substitute is in my recipe for Hash Brown Casserole. This recipe is the equivalent of one 10.75 ounce can of cream soup. Just a warning, it will be thick, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be.


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Cream Soup Substitute

Cream of chicken soup 2

Prep Time: 2mn
Cook Time: 5mn
Total Time: 7mn


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
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  1. In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and let cook for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Slowly stir in chicken broth, then milk. Whisk until it begins to thicken. Let it simmer for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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  1. Diane

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I usually close any recipe I’m looking at once/or if I hit the condensed soup ingredient.

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it! Happy cooking… :)

      • Deb

        I also shy away from recipes that call for can of soup of something! Thanks so much!

      • You are very welcome Deb, you can use this in so many recipes, it’s great!

    • Anonymous

      I use cream of mushroom soup in my beef stroganoff, if I don’t have chicken or chicken broth, can I supplement with something else?

      • Amanda P

        I would suggest white wine. I use chicken broth or stock to replace the wine in recipes so maybe this would work in reverse.

    • JChester

      Me too… especially since I was put on a 1500mg/day sodium limit by my doctors!

      SO many of my former ‘go-to’ yummy comfort recipes ask for a can or 2 of ‘cream of whatever soup’.

      Because of the canned food industry’s insane need to over-salt EVERYTHING, I CAN’T eat any of that stuff anymore.

      Thank you, Ashley, for a SANE alternative!

      • Belle

        Try using Himalaya salt (pink salt) it is good option for home cooking. And very healthy. I use it for everything I cook.

  2. kelly

    Awesome, I am going to try this the next time I find a recipe for cream of whatever, I usually skip those recipes because I don’t like the glop

    • Kelly, that is exactly why I use this… the glop! I still can’t get over how easy it is to just make this in place of the canned stuff. :)

  3. Barbara

    Thank you! SO many recipes I couldn’t make in the past because my pantry held no cream soups!!! Thank you again!!!

    • You’re welcome, this is still one of my favorite go-to recipes for all of the meals I want to make with cream soups.

  4. Christine

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I was putting together my Greek Chicken Casserole yesterday, and I realized I had forgotten to buy a can of Cream of Chicken soup. Drats! I suddenly recalled that months ago I had viewed a recipe for a cream soup substitute, but whose blog was it? I had just read your most recent post that morning, so I typed your blog name and “cream soup substitute” in Google and your webpage popped right up! Thank you, thank you, thank, you. It worked perfectly, and saved me $1.67, too!

    • Yay! So glad it came in handy! Thanks for taking the time to leave this comment! :)

  5. genviette

    great little recipe!!! needed a sub for can of condensed cream of shrimp soup. made this using unsalted butter, organic fish broth and reduced fat milk; consistency was thick and perfect for use in dish I was making. additional add-ins were sauteed minced shallots and garlic, old bay seasoning, onion powder. (taste as you add seasonings for right balance.) really good base for so many uses. thanks so much.

    • Julie

      Can mushrooms be added to this recipe and eaten by itself?

      • Yes, you could definitely add mushrooms. And you could eat it as-is, although I don’t know who good it would be. If you like cream soups out of the can, then I suppose you’d like this too.

  6. Mandy

    Can this be made in bulk and frozen? I hope so! I make so many things with cream of whatever! Would love to have a cheaper, healthier option.

    • Yes, this can be frozen. However, you will want to heat it on the stove and you may need to add a little more milk, then whisk to combine.

      • Anonymous

        Awesome!! Thank you! I plan to make enough for several weeks worth of meals and freeze them until I need them!

  7. Ruth Elaine Hurley

    This is great—less salt and all natural ingredients. I am going to try using olive oil, almond beverage, and vegetable stock for vegetarian.

  8. Nicole Fechke

    if you were trying to make cream of mushroom what would you put in instead of the chicken broth?

    • I haven’t tried the mushroom route yet, but if I were, I’d likely use vegetable stock and then saute some mushrooms and just add them to it.

      • JChester

        Nice idea!
        But… if there’s no major ‘meat objection’ to it, & if you don’t have veggie stock on hand, I think that chicken stock might work just as well.

    • Also, Contessa DuCros mentioned adding dried mushrooms which is another great option!

  9. Contessa DuCros

    thank you for this great substitute!!! I live in Germany but am American and miss a lot of “comfort” casseroles and most call for canned soup, which we don’t have here. Even if we did, I don’t like it too mich, high sodium, salt etc. THIS IS WONDERFUL! @Nicole Fechke, I suggest just adding mushroom flakes (dried mushrooms)…

    • You’re welcome! And thanks for the dried mushroom suggestion!

    • Ah! I live in Germany too and am American and have been struggling with how to substitute. I don’t mind the canned stuff but since I can’t get it I wasn’t sure what to use as a substitute. I have seen recipes that are more involved and not practical for a weekly event. Thank you so much and for the mushroom suggestion!

      • Oh good, I’m glad this will help you Deanna! It is SO, so easy and definitely doesn’t add much more time to a recipe if you need to make this first.

  10. Oh my — this is wonderful. I am always turning away recipes with canned cream soups, even if they sound great. Now I don’t have to. I can add chicken, mushrooms or cheese or whatever and make this work for any recipe. Thank you!! :)

    • You’re welcome! I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve bought cream soup from the grocery store. I love this little trick.

    • JChester

      ME TOO!
      I’m on a a low sodium (<1500 mg./day) diet, due to heart issues.
      I LOVE recipes that use "Cream of 'whatever' Soups", but I just can't eat them any more!
      THANK YOU for providing a recipe that's almost as easy/simple as opening a can!!!

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