Homemade Cream of Celery Soup for Cooking

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Homemade Cream of Celery Soup is so much better than the canned variety. Make a bulk batch this week to have your casserole and eat more healthfully, too.

Homemade Cream of Celery Soup for Cooking | Life as Mom

In the old days when I did freezer cooking, I’d pop open a few cans of creamed soups, mix this, add that, and slide a bunch of casseroles into the freezer. Since then, I’ve done a little reading and research. I realized that I didn’t really want my family to be consuming all the salt, sugar, and fat found in commercially processed foods.

More importantly, I realized that I could make many of those commercial items better from scratch and for less money!

Make Homemade Cream of Celery Soup for Cooking

Canned cream soups would be one such commercial product. While there are one or two recipes when it can fly under his radar, my husband’s taste buds send out an alarm signal if the flavor of tinny, canned soup is too obvious.

The poor man was fed canned cream soups as a main dish when he was a child and he was scarred for life. The tinny flavor shines through just a wee much.

Taste preferences aside, canned cream soups are often full of additives or are too expensive to make them cost effective for freezer cooking.

Instead, you can make a homemade alternative! Back in the day, our foremothers made their own white sauces to put in casseroles. You can, too! I’ve got a recipe here for Cream of Celery, but you can also make your own Cream of Chicken Soup.

This recipe for Homemade Cream of Celery Soup is perfect for cooking. It comes together quickly on the stove and is perfect for freezing. Make a bulk batch and freeze the soup in 2-cup portions. Substitute it in your favorite recipes that call for cream of celery soup.

Homemade Cream of Celery Soup for Cooking | Life as Mom

Curious about freezer cooking? Consider purchasing my cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore.

It’s chock full with over 200 freezer-friendly recipes, planning pages, shopping lists, cooking plans, and basic and advanced how-to’s to making freezer cooking work for any home, family, and lifestyle.

Originally published March 2, 2011. Updated September 10, 2016.

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  1. Looks yummy! Happy mid-week!

  2. What a great idea! One question though…

    Most recipes I use call for the can of soup, which is a condensed soup. So does this recipe make a soup that’s as thick as the un-diluted can of soup? Thanks!

    • Jessica Fisher says

      Great question and I was trying to figure that out myself as I experimented with it this weekend. I made a potato casserole that disappeared in a flash. I would say that it is 2 cups gravy consistency. It’s not as thick as the can. But, most of the recipes I’ve ever seen for the can could be tweaked for consistency.

  3. UGH!!! It posted before I was ready… sorry!! The link I posted is to refried beans NOT navajo tacos!

  4. I love the way your cream soup looks. I have a homemade dry mix that makes a cream soup when you add water to it. It is easy to make–will have to dig that out & post it. Using homemade takes a LOT of the sodium out of your recipes so you may need to adjust for taste.

    • Jessica Fisher says

      @Kim, yes, my first few trials were not salty enough. But, adding that little bit of parmesan seems to help.

  5. I make my own cream of mushroom soup and freeze it.

    What is the Better than….. stuff in your picture? I’ve never seen that before?

  6. Kelly says

    Do you use the entire 2 cups in a recipe that calls for a 10 oz. can? Or do you only use 10 oz. and save the rest? I’m guessing you could freeze extras, going by Nora’s comment about freezing her cream of mushroom soup.

    • Jessica Fisher says

      @Kelly, I have been using the entire batch and then reducing the amount of liquid that is called for in the rest of the recipe.

  7. I don’t have any celery flakes, but I do have some fresh celery that desperately needs to be used up. Can fresh celery be used? If so, about how much do you think I should use? It looks wonderful!

    • Jessica Fisher says

      @{Jules}, I don’t know why not. I had celery flakes in the cupboard. I would chop it fine and saute it in some butter before adding it.

  8. I always make a double batch of enchiladas and put one in the freezer. Thanks for a bunch of great ideas!

  9. I’m linking up my spaghetti pie recipe; it freezes well and is a great dish for either a weeknight dinner or for company. Double it and bake in a 9 x 13 baking dish for a crowd. Thanks for hosting!

  10. What a great idea! Those canned soups can be evil!

  11. Oh this is brilliant! I am going to get a bunch of this made up to have on hand. Sure beats the canned stuff!

  12. Christa says

    Now could the celery be subed with broccoli for ‘cream of broccoli soup’?

  13. Funny, when I was at the grocery outlet the other day, I almost bought canned condensed soup, and then decided to try to do it myself.

    Now that I’ve made mac and cheese from scratch, and I’ve seen your recipe, I feel like I can tackle this!

    We use the Better than Broth, too, though I’ve never seen it in organic form.

  14. I’ve been making more homemade cream of soups but still have a couple recipes where they separate, the milk curdles and gets quite icky in. They are slow cooker recipes so I’m guessing it’s the longer cooking times.

  15. karen says

    I’ve been making my own ‘cream of’ soup for about a year and we’ll never go back to the can. I like to freeze diced cooked chicken mixed into the soup–just heat gently and toss with egg noodles for a quick main dish.

  16. Just love any type of freezer cooking!

  17. thanks so much for hosting link up I found great recipes today and shared one myself thanks

  18. Looking forward to seeing the other freezer meal recipes, especially as my daughters and I are planning another freezer meal day together soon …

  19. I goofed with link #75-feel free to delete. I’m looking forward to trying the homemade cream soup.

  20. I love the idea of homemade cream soups. I’ve been considering something like this because of the additives in canned soup. I bet this would freeze well in glass jars too.

  21. Your photo looks delicious. We’ve been eating much healthier this year and I have a few favorite comfort recipes we haven’t had in some time because of the Cream of… soup it calls for. I’m going to have to take the plunge and try this! Thanks for the recipe.

  22. Thought you would like to know that you can get “free” celery flakes, just by leaving the celery leaves in a shallow container on the counter for a couple of days whenever you use celery. Turn them from time to time. They will dry and can then be put in a covered container to store. Just crumble into soups or stews for added flavor.

  23. Hi, My name is Marelie. Im a new blogger, I have just linked with you. Im no.78. Thanks

  24. Do you ever make a larger batch and just freeze in portions that you would need for recipes?

  25. Michelle says

    Do you think thois could be modified for a crockpot? Add mlik at end? Thanks (:)

  26. Mary H. says

    This recipe is FANTASTIC! I did exactly what you said (even doubled the recipe) and it came out perfect! The amount was perfect to substitute one can of cream of celery. Thank you!!!

    • Mary H. says

      What I meant to say is the original recipe is equivalent to 1 can. Lol! I needed two cans, so I doubled it. Great recipe!!!

  27. Just made this…super easy and amazingly good. So good in fact that not all of it made it into the freezer container! I’m going to make more and stash it in the freezer for an emergency meal. It would be great in the winter with cheese and crackers.

  28. Nicole says

    I’ve been wanting to try cooking healthier and came across your recipe. What type of chicken broth do you use? I typically get chicken broth in a can, but that is not so great. What do you suggest for broth? Thanks!

  29. Darlene Berger says

    Hi, so can I make this soup and put it in a jar like I would can green beans for instance, or does it have to be frozen.

  30. What a great alternative to canned! All I needed to do was add a bit more thickener for this to work in my recipe. Thanks so much!

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