CREAM OF ANYTHING SOUP (Gloria Pitzer)
2 1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. flour
2 T. butter or margarine
Put all 6 ingredients into blender "briefly" til smooth and pour into saucepan. Stir constantly over medium-high heat til it begins to thicken (watch it! can scorch easily!). Take off heat at first bubble of a boil. To this basic mixture you add any of the following optional items:
(makes 4-6 servings)
CREAM OF CAULIFLOWER SOUP:
To basic mixture add 1 box (10 oz.) frozen cauliflower buds cooked per box directions til tender and well drained, 1/2 t. onion powder, 3 mashed chicken bouillon cubes, pinch dry parsley and a dash of garlic salt. Stir over lowest possible heat til piping hot. Serve at once.
CREAM OF CELERY SOUP:
Do just as cauliflower soup, but substitute 1 c. cooked, drained, diced celery instead of cauliflower. Add a pinch celery seed and a pinch dry, canned parsley flakes.
CREAM OF BROCCOLI SOUP:
Add 1 box (10 oz.) frozen, chopped broccoli cooked per box directions and drained. Continue as in cauliflower soup.
CREAM OF CABBAGE SOUP:
Add 2 c. packaged supermarket slaw mixture cooked til tender in just enough water to cover. Drain well. Continue as in cauliflower soup.
CREAM OF POTATO SOUP:
Add 3 cans (1 lb. ea.) sliced, drained potatoes, 1/2 bottle (10 oz.) Hormel real bacon pieces and a dash of liquid smoke. Continue as in cauliflower soup.
CLAM CHOWDER SOUP:
Prepare the potato soup and add 1 can (10 oz.) undrained minced clams and 2 thin slices of boiled ham snipped into (1/4 inch) bits.
CREAM OF CORN SOUP:
To warm basic recipe, add 1 can (14 oz.) cream style corn, dash nutmeg and 1 t. dry minced onion. Heat through.
CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP:
To warm basic recipe, add 1 can (8 oz.) drained, sliced mushrooms, dash onion salt and black pepper to taste. Heat through.
CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP:
To warm basic recipe, add 1 can (15 oz.) diced, undrained tomatoes and return to blender briefly just to smooth it out. Heat through.
CREAM OF ONION SOUP:
To warm basic soup, add 1 envelope dry onion soup mix and heat throrghly.
CREAMY CHEDDAR CHEESE SOUP:
To prepared basic recipe, add 1 small jar (8 oz.) Cheez Whiz, stirring til melted and heated through.
12 Cream Soup recipes are published in our February, 2002 Menu Minder.