Cream of Anything Soup Mix

Cream of Anything Soup MixDo you know how frustrating it is to have a list of recipes that you cannot make for lack of ingredients. Or, to be more specific, the lack of a very particular ingredient. How many crock pot meals have I passed up? How many times has Thanksgiving become complicated? How many times have I wanted to make a quick casserole, but can’t?

Soup in a can is nothing I am fond of. Now. I admit, growing up, I ate my share of Campbell’s soup. My mom always had the Bean and Bacon and I would delight in a can of Cream of Mushroom. Or Potato. I wasn’t ever a Tomato or Chicken Noodle Girl. Then, there came a day that I couldn’t help but wonder how pasta stayed pasta and meat stayed meat. In a can. For years. It was then that I couldn’t bring myself to opening up a can of soup to “enjoy” any longer.

Cream of Anything Soup MixAfter moving to Peru, cans of anything became a thing of the past. After nine years of being here, we are starting to see them creep into the markets with more regularity. But Condensed Cream Soups by Campbells have not made an appearance. This only becomes a frustration when I find recipe after recipe with a can of soup listed in the ingredients.

And then…this. An easy, homemade, did I mention easy, mix to make a “can of condensed soup.” Imagine my delight when a can of soup become as simple as heating up  1/3 cup of mix and water. Did I mention easy? I have adapted this to “Peruvian ingredients” meaning sizes and types of things that are easy to find here. If you are somewhere else, just adapt the amounts depending on what you have accessible.

Cream of Anything Soup Mix

Yield: Makes 14 cups

Source: Adapted from 1 Orange Giraffe


  • 2 (120g) bags of powdered milk // leche en polvo (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 (180g) bag of cornstarch // maizena (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 boxes of powdered chicken bouillon (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 (78g) jar of Badia powdered onion (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper


  1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients, whisk together well and store until ready to use.
  2. For the equivalent of a can of condensed soup, mix 1/3 cup of Cream of Anything Soup Mix with 1 1/4 cup of water. Cook until thick.


The powdered bouillon is far easier in this recipe since using cubes would mean squishing them, and I don't want to do that. And yes, I know that the bouillon here uses MSG. There isn't one without it, but use an MSG-Free version if you can get your hands on one. The spices are not required as written. If you want to substitute dried parsley or leave out the dried thyme, feel free. They are meant to add good flavor, don't go crazy if you cannot find one or don't have it on hand.

Did I mention easy?

Now, tell me what you make with cans of condensed soup? Seems that I have overlooked those recipes for the last nine years!


Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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6 Responses

  1. Jennifer Mann says:

    YEAY! Thank you! This is going to make my life oh so much more fun when I come across those blooming “Can of Condensed Soup” recipes!

  2. Love it! So adaptable!

  3. I can relate to the frustration of not finding a certain ingredient! This soup is a real find, and many other things turn out to be easy to make at home.

  4. Kate Kemper says:

    I work for a company who makes all natural products, mixes kinda of this sort etc. Wild Tree Herbs (home party and sales company) I started selling it and asked if I could get a MSG free Boullion and Gravy mix in their list of products and to my surprise they did it just from me asking!! It is so hard to find without MSG it pretty much everyone has it in it. I am very allergic. I was happy to find this out and I will be getting some for myself very soon. Just wanted to let everyone know in case they didnt and was looking.


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