Altschul Recipe Database: Condensed Cream of x Soup

Recipe: Condensed Cream of x Soup
This is a Basics Dish.
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Shopping List:
chicken stock
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup flour
4 cups milk
2 cups chicken stock
Chopped onions (optional)

Melt butter over low heat. If using onions for extra flavor, saute in butter until limp. Add flour and whisk together until smooth. Cook 1 minute. Do not let it brown! Gradually add milk and chicken stock, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when sauce has thickened. This may take up to 15-20 minutes.

Cream of celery: Sautee a stalk or two of chopped celery with the butter before adding flour.
Cream of mushroom: Sautee chopped fresh mushrooms in butter.
Cream of broccoli: Add chopped steamed broccoli to the soup after it thickens.
Cheesy sauce: Add shredded cheese (sharp cheddar gives the most flavor) after removing from heat. Stir to melt.
If you want to make a big batch of soup and have different flavors, you can always saute mushrooms or celery separately and simply add to the finished soup, one can-equivalent at a time.