Cooks who liked my homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup have requested recipes for other varieties of condensed cream soups. Just in time for Thanksgiving, I revisited the idea and came up with this condensed cream of celery soup for those of you who would rather not use the canned stuff in your favorite dishes.
Consider this recipe your starting point. Decide if you want to make it in the microwave or on the stove. Directions are included for both. Then consider the possibilities for variations. Try different herbs, spices, or flavored oils. For example, I usually substitute 1-2 tablespoons of fresh or frozen chopped onion for the onion powder because I like the taste better with real onion. The original recipe specifies powdered onion because it results in a taste closer to the commercial soup.
While we’re talking about celery, did you know you can freeze it? I probably wouldn’t use it in chicken salad, but it works great in a recipe where the celery is cooked. Chop it up and throw it into a plastic bag. It’s a good solution for leftover celery that might otherwise languish in the produce drawer until it turns brown and slimy. Vacuum-packing the stalks into a glass jar (kept in the refrigerator, of course) will also buy you a few more days of storage time.
Illustrated Guide to Cooking Condensed Cream of Celery Soup in the Microwave
Illustrated Guide to Cooking Condensed Cream of Celery Soup on Top of the Stove
- ¾ cup finely-chopped celery
- 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
- 8-ounces 2% evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (I substitute 1 tablespoon chopped onion)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
- ¼ teaspoon celery salt or table salt
- Pinch of sugar
- Place chopped celery and oil into a 2 quart glass microwave-safe bowl. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 minutes. (If substituting onion for onion powder, add the onion to the celery to knock off the crunchiness.)
- Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
- Microwave for 2 minutes, stopping to whisk after 1 minute and again when finished.
- Saute celery (and onion if substituting for powder) in hot oil in skillet over medium heat.
- When vegetables are softened, add milk, then whisk in remaining ingredients. Stir constantly and cook gently until thickened.