Homemade Condensed Cream of Celery Soup

Homemade Condensed Cream of Celery Soup

A delicious thick ("condensed") cream of celery soup that's easy to make and the perfect substitute for canned cream of celery soup!


3 1/2 cups (about 2 cans)


6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
5 celery ribs (leaves are okay too!), washed and finely chopped (about 2 cups of chopped celery)
dash of black pepper
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon chicken base or 1 chicken bouillon cube, optional (reduce salt to 1 teaspoon if you add chicken base or bouillon)*


1. In a 3-quart sauce pan, melt butter over medium to medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, chopped celery, and pepper. Cook and stir until onion is translucent and celery is tender (about 5-10 minutes, depending on how small you chopped your celery!).

2. Stir in flour (mixture will make a sort of thick ball as you stir, but that's okay!). Add water, milk, salt, and chicken base (if using). Continue to cook and stir over medium to medium-high heat until the soup comes to a boil. Let cook for 1 minute longer, or until thick.

3. Allow soup to cool, and use in your favorite recipes in place of canned cream of celery soup (or, freeze for later use).

Homemade condensed cream of celery soup

Homemade condensed cream of celery soup

Additional Notes: 

*Another option is to use 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth instead of the 1 1/2 cups of water called for in the recipe. Again, if doing this, reduce salt to 1 teaspoon -- and don't add chicken base/bouillon. :)

And, feel free to substitute garlic powder or onion powder if you don't have fresh garlic or onions on hand.

I don't have a cream of mushroom soup recipe since we rarely eat mushrooms. However, I think this cream of celery soup recipe could easily be adapted for mushroom soup! Just replace the celery with some chopped or fresh mushrooms (but decrease the amount to 1 cup of chopped mushrooms instead of 2 cups of chopped celery). That should make about 3 cups of cream of mushroom soup (about 2 cans).

See also: My recipe for homemade condensed cream of chicken soup.

Preparation Time: 

10 minutes

Cooking Time: 

20-30 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This is an easy homemade substitute for canned cream of celery soup! It also freezes well; just thaw before using in your recipes. Note that if you make a large batch for freezing, cooking time will be increased and you will need to stand at the stove stirring longer than the ~10 minutes it takes to bring this recipe (liquids) to a boil.

I created this recipe, and I think it's way better than the canned cream of celery soup, which tastes... well, canned. ;)

Homemade condensed cream of celery soup


I do not like most cream of... but this is SO ummmy. I blended my onions Garlic and cellery after cooking them


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