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Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup Substitute - Regular and Reduced-Fat Versions

Although very convenient, commercially prepared condensed soups are expensive and may contain additives and ingredients you'd prefer to skip. You can use these condensed soup substitutes in dishes instead of commercially prepared condensed soups. These homemade substitutes are very easy and quick to make! They taste much better, too. I have almost stopped purchasing the canned versions.
Using heart-healthy butter spreads, low-fat or fat-free milk, and low-sodium broth allows you to make these recipes more healthful.
You can customize with these simple recipes by adding other seasonings such as garlic powder, celery salt, onion powder, etc.

Condensed Cream of Celery Soup
Condensed Cream of Chicken Substitute
Condensed Cream of Mushroom Substitute

Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup Substitute

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt, to taste

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; add flour and whisk until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat; gradually add milk, whisking to keep smooth. Return to heat and bring to a gentle boil, whisking constantly until thickened. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add salt.

Reduced-Fat Version: Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup Substitute

1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup fat-free milk
1 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese
salt, to taste

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; add flour and a bit of the milk; whisk until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat; gradually add remaining milk, whisking to keep smooth. Return to heat and bring to a gentle boil, whisking constantly until thickened. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add salt.

20 comments:

  1. Connie thanks so much for sharing this! I have a pretty good recipe that I use for cream of mushroom but I hadn't figured out a cheddar recipe. I'll probably sub gouda for cheddar since it's actually affordable here and cheddar isn't but I think it'll work just fine!

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  2. awesome! thanks for sharing, i was trying to figure out how to do condensed cheese soup!

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  3. Thanks sooo much!! I live way up in Northern Canada, and no one seems to carry condensed cheddar cheese soup in the stores anymore. But I have so many recipes that use it! I was worried I would not be able to use them anymore, but since I found your wonderful website I still can! :)

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  4. Thank you soooo much for posting this!!!! I live in Europe and get frequent horrible homesickness cravings for a lot of American dishes that call for Cheddar Cheese soup - this was a lifesaver tonight! Used it to make "Cheeseburger Pasta" , a recipe that was on the label of a Campbell's soup can years ago.
    Your other recipes look wonderful too - you're so generous to post them! Can't wait to try them all out!

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  5. @lovelyinlux, TOO FUNNY!! I just made that soup label recipe for the 1st time tonight and it was such a hit especially with the kids! However, the ingredient list on the can of soup was SCARY so I went looking for a substitute and found this post. I just had to chuckle when I read your post about THAT recipe in particular. Glad to know this substitution works for it!! :)

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  6. Hello! I was wondering....I'm making a hamburger and noddle casserole tonight....the recipe I have calls for condensed cheese soup. Do you think I could used the cheese sauce that I have in a jar instead? It should be about the same, right?? Thanks! :)

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  7. Yes, Shannon. I think a jar of cheese sauce would make an excellent substitute for condensed cheese soup. They are both basically - milk, flour and cheese! Send me your recipe! The ingredients you've mentioned sound yummy! Blessings ~ Connie

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  8. Thanks for this recipe! I am trying to avoid glutamates (msg), and a can of condensed cheese soup that I purchased has "soy protein concentrate." So, I wont use it. I thought my tator-tot hotdish recipe was not going to happen, UNTIL I found your recipe!

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  9. Glad it came in handy!! Best wishes on eating more healthy!!
    Blessings ~ Connie

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  10. Yay, I just whipped up a cheddar version now. It looks like a lot compared to one can, but really, can you have too much cheddar? I think not. Thanks for the recipe!

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  11. Does this recipe replace one can of the condensed cheddar cheese soup? Thanks!

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  12. oh my heavens!! you are a dinner saver!! thank you thank you thank you! i just used this and dinner is in the oven -- i cannot believe how easy the "cheese soup substitution" was to make --- and to know what is in it w/ no preservatives! thanks!!

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  13. So glad it worked well for you, Hope! Enjoy your dinner!!

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  14. do you think this will work in a slow cooker without curdling?

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    1. I wonder whether this slow cooker questioned has been answered?

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  15. We do have some condensed soups where I live (Oklahoma), but mainly just the basics like cream of mushroom/chicken. I am making Paula Deen's Mexican Chicken and had no idea what to do for Cheddar Cheese soup. So glad I stumbled onto this website. Thanks so much for posting these substitutions.

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  16. Thanks so much! Just came back from the store where I swear I had purchased all the ingredients for "Vegetable Crab Soup" but got home and realized I was missing cheddar cheese soup. Now I don't have to go back out again or decide to make something else!

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  17. Thank you for posting this, I haven't been able to make so many recipes because I can't buy cheddar soup where I live. Now I can make them :)

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  18. This sounds delicious! I was wondering if this Would this work in a crockpot without curdling? Thanks much!

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    1. Dear Anonymous, did you try in Crockpot?

      Wasn't even thinking it might curdle :(
      hope you can report with Experience what happens,

      How much canned soup equivalent does this make?

      Thnks much in advance if anyone can say anything :(

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