I've had so many requests for this recipe, I can't believe it's taken me so long to share it! But, better late than never, right? :)
We also happened to have quite a few new friends in the area where we had just moved (SW Missouri) who were health-conscious, and to them, the idea of making a recipe that used a can of cream soup was sacrilegious. ;)
I wasn't ready to ditch some of my favorite recipes -- like cheesy potatoes -- just because they called for a can of soup. Instead, I created my own condensed cream of chicken soup recipe, which I've been making and successfully substituting in recipes ever since! (And, it's one of my more popular recipes, with 23 reviews!)
I usually use the cream of chicken recipe, but sometimes cream of celery is more appropriate. (And I like variety.) Here, finally, is my recipe for a homemade condensed cream of celery soup!
This recipe takes me about 20 minutes to make and makes about 2 cans' worth. No, you won't be saving lots of dollars per hour making this soup, but if you love high-quality homemade ingredients and enjoy cooking, this is a fun one to do.
And, it freezes well, so you can make a bigger batch, freeze in 1 1/2-cup portions, and just thaw to use as needed... since sometimes dinner prep needs to be cut short due to the clingy baby or toddler (not that I would know anything about that...). ;)
Do you make your own canned cream-of soup substitutes, or would you rather just pay the 50 cents for a can from the store? (Are they still 50 cents?) :)