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Homemade Cream of Celery Soup

Homemade Cream of Celery Soup is a delicious and easy substitute for canned condensed soup and adds home cooked flavor to your favorite casseroles and family recipes.

Cheaper than store bought and freezer friendly which is perfect for meal planning and prep. 

celery soup on wood cutting board

Homemade Cream of Celery Soup

Consider making a batch of your own cream of celery soup. This is a great recipe that is easy to whip up with pantry staples and is a great substitute for store bought soup in the can!

You will love the flavor of this homemade condensed soup. Compared to the canned version it is night and day.

Best of all it is budget friendly, only takes a few minutes, and is easy to double for easier meal prep. Make a few batches and stash them in the freezer. Great for so many casseroles or just eat it by itself.

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ingredients for cream soups

Ingredients Needed

  • butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • chicken stock
  • milk or half-and-half
  • celery (finely chopped)
  • spices/seasonings

Butter – Use unsalted butter so you can control the level of salt in the recipe. I also like to use real butter and not margarine because it makes the soup creamier.

Flour – All purpose is the best flour to use for this recipe. I haven’t tested it with gluten free flours but feel free to try it and let me know how it turns out!

Chicken broth – I like to use chicken stock but feel free to use vegetable broth if you want to keep this recipe vegetarian.

Milk/Cream – Use whole milk but if you prefer to use a lower fat milk that will work too. If you use half and half, the soup will be thicker and creamier. I wouldn’t use heavy cream for this.

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How to make Cream of Celery Soup from scratch

ONE: In a medium saucepan melt butter over a medium heat. Add in flour and whisk together until well combined.

TWO: Add chicken stock and milk and whisk until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Stir to combine.

THREE: Bring to a simmer and cook until it begins to thicken, about 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add in the chopped celery and and stir to combine. Cook an additional 5 minutes.

FOUR: Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to use.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

jars of soup

How do I substitute cream of celery soup?

If you are looking for a cream of celery substitute then you can opt to use this as a replacement. It works for any recipe that uses a condensed soup in the ingredients and the subtle flavor pairs well with just about everything.

jar of celery soup with a cutting board

Can you eat it by itself?

This homemade soup is creamy and flavorful all by itself. Simple reheat it. If you prefer a thinner soup, add a little warm broth or cream.

How do you use condensed cream of celery soup?

Condensed soups can be used for so many things. Slow cooker recipes, casserole recipes, side dishes like cheesy potatoes and more. Use them as a base to a dish to provide flavor and incredible creaminess to each bite.

jar of soup with stalks of celery

Can I freeze it?

Yes, you can! Cool the soup and then store in freezer safe containers for up to 4 months. To use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat or use in a recipe.

Freeze this in 1 1/2 cup portions for easier use. This amount equals 1 standard can of soup.

Tips for No Leftovers

  • If you want a creamier soup you can use an immersion blender to help break up any of the chunks in the soup. 
  • Want a thicker soup? Allow it to simmer longer to reduce in volume. 
  • Now if your soup is too thick, add more milk or stock a little at a time to thin it up a bit. 
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste to your desired preference.

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jar of celery soup

Use this cream of celery soup recipe in a variety of delicious dishes, like a chicken noodle casserole. Make a double batch and store for easier meal prep!

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Printable Recipe Card

jar of condensed celery soup

Cream of Celery Soup

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Homemade Cream of Celery Soup is a delicious and easy substitute for canned condensed soup and adds home cooked flavor to your favorite casseroles and family recipes.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk or half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped fine

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan melt butter over a medium-low heat.
  2. Add the flour and whisk together until well combined. Cook for 1-2 minutes to cook out raw flour taste.
  3. Add chicken stock and milk. Whisk until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  5. Bring to a simmer and cook until it begins to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add in the chopped celery and stir to combine.
  7. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  8. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
  9. Use as you would a can of condensed soup.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 1333mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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