Before we transitioned to real foods, a few of my everyday dinner recipes contained a can of Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese Soup. Well, as you can imagine, I haven’t used a can of that since January (of 2013)! Just check out this list of ingredients (from my Fooducate app)…
Holy Moly! And I couldn’t even fit all the ingredients in one screen shot!! I stopped counting after I got to 50… It’s absolutely crazy that this many ingredients are used to make something so seemingly simple. I wanted to make one of my old favorites this weekend (a casserole I haven’t made in almost a year now), but first I had to figure out how to replace that dreaded can of soup. Sure enough, a quick web search found me what I was looking for! I found a recipe for a substitute version on the Meal Planning with Connie blog, then reworked it a bit to meet our ‘food rules.’ It worked GREAT in my recipe and it’s nice knowing if I ever see a recipe that calls for a can of this soup, I can just swap it out with my simple recipe and be good to go!
Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup Substitute
- 3 T organic butter
- 3 T white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup organic whole milk
- 1 1/2 cup cheese, freshly shredded
Melt butter over medium-low in a saucepan. Add flour and whisk/stir together until smooth. Slowly add milk and continue whisking while bringing mixture to a gentle boil. Once it thickens slightly, add cheese and stir until melted.
This makes about 13 ounces (give or take). It’s a little bit less than a standard can of Campbell’s soup, but unless you need it to be e-x-a-c-t, this should work for you. Also, the consistency isn’t as thick as Campbell’s version, but this was actually preferable for my recipe. If you need a thicker consistency, try adding less milk.
One of our favorite ‘cold night’ dinners is this Cheddar Sausage Bake recipe (picture above)…it’s a complete meal in one casserole dish!
P.S. – Want to know what my five absolute favorite (and most used) ‘real food’ kitchen tools are??
- My breadmaker (for making homemade whole wheat bread)
- My smoothie straws (so I don’t have to throw plastic straws away after each use)
- My butter crock (so my organic butter is always soft and spreadable)
- My cheese grater (because I’ve yet to find a package of shredded cheese that does NOT contain wood pulp)
- My Ninja blender with individual blending cups (because I use it almost every day for smoothies, fruit purees…even salad dressings!)
What is your favorite kitchen tool or gadget?? Would love to hear in the comments below!
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