Soup or Sauce [S.O.S.] Mix

Soup or Sauce Mix

My neighbor Debbie brought me the most amazing gift yesterday! It was a ziploc bag filled with what she called S.O.S. Mix. (She must have telepathically picked up on my S.O.S. calls!) Basically, it’s a dry mix that can be used as a substitute for a can of cream soup in any recipe! OK…I just realized that reading that doesn’t make it sound all that AMAZING. But THINK ABOUT IT!

#1  It’s G L U T E N – F R E E! It’s incredibly frustrating how many canned soups have gluten in them!!! It’s also FAT-FREE!
#2  It’s H O M E M A D E with 4 simple ingredients that you can PRONOUNCE! (I bet you even have them somewhere in your kitchen right now.)
#3  It’s S I M P L E. (Took me about 3 minutes to mix up another batch)
#4  It’s C H E A P! Each mix contains the equivalent of 9 cans of cream soup! And all you are adding to it is WATER!

Need more convincing??? My neighbor Debbie, the purveyor of this fine gift, has worked as an agent for the Utah State University Extension Service for 32 years! Her expertise is in Food, Nutrition & Health. As a matter of fact…she even has a FREE, PRINTABLE booklet online that not only contains the recipe for the mix….but also has over 30 wonderful recipes to use it in! Soups, gravies, sauces, casseroles!

How do some of THESE grab you? Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie, Skillet Lasagna, Chicken Broccoli Alfredo, Au Gratin Potatoes, Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Chicken Parmesan Skillet, Easy Beef Teriyaki Stir-fry, Mushroom Garlic Pork Chops, Hawaiian Pork Chops….etc.

So go ahead and download the booklet! Share it with your friends. You’ll be very popular.

Here is the recipe for the mix for perusing until then:

Soup or Sauce [S.O.S.] Mix



Combine all ingredients in a reclosable plastic bag, mixing well.
Equal to 9 (10.5 oz) cans of cream soup.

Soup or Sauce Mix
Soup or Sauce Mix
To substitute for 1 can of cream soup:
Soup or Sauce Mix
Combine 1/3 cup of dry mix with 1 1/4 cups of cold water. Whisk until well blended.
Cook and stir on stove top or in microwave until thickened.
Add thickened mixture to casseroles as you would a can of soup.
Soup or Sauce Mix
Or just eat it! :-)


Store in closed plastic bag or air-tight container until ready to use. It does not have to be refrigerated.

Debbie brought mine to me in a handy ziploc bag with the recipe written right on it! So clever!

But, of course, I couldn’t let good enough alone and put the mix (along with the batch *I* made to take pictures of) in one of my pantry makeover jars that was just begging for something to be put in it!

Soup or Sauce Mix

Thanks again Debbie!

UPDATE: 3/29/2012
Debbie added these tidbits of information in the comments…but I thought I would bump them up here so no one misses them. :-)

I visited with the dietitians and we wlll check on a dairy substitute. There may be a volume difference. You can use either instant or non instant dry milk. When making liquid milk from dry it is 1/4 cup non instant to 1 cup water and 1/3 cup instant to 1 cup water. It’s more of a personal preference. The original recipe from the Connors had basil, thyme and pepper.
Debbie Proctor, USU Extension

Thanks again, again Debbie!
Soup or Sauce [S.O.S.] Mix


  • 2 cups powdered non-fat dry milk
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup instant chicken bouillon (regular or low sodium)
  • 2 Tbsp dried onion flakes
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a recloseable plastic bag, mixing well.
  2. Equal to 9 (10.5 oz) cans of cream soup.
  3. To substitute for 1 can of cream soup:
  4. Combine 1/3 cup of dry mix with 1 1/4 cups of cold water. Whisk until well blended.
  5. Cook and stir on stove top or in microwave until thickened.
  6. Add thickened mixture to casseroles as you would a can of soup.
  7. Store in closed plastic bag or air-tight container until ready to use. It does not have to be refrigerated.
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  1. Carole says

    Now that is a great idea! Wow, how many times do you find yourself without the cream soup you need, when you are making a meal? I love the putting the recipe on top of the bottle or container as well. Thanks for the wonderful ideas that make our lives easier.

  2. Anonymous says

    I have the same question as Lauren. I need to make it dairy free. Any suggestions? Do they make powdered coconut milk? Or can I just leave out the powdered milk and add fresh coconut milk instead of water?

    • Robin says

      I buy powdered soy milk that I use as a sub for reg powdered milk. I haven’t tried it in this yet but I will.

      • Robin says

        I bought it at our local heathfood store, New Leaf market in Tallahassee Fl. It’s called, Better Than Milk, soy milk powder. i have used it in place of powdered milk in bread with no problems. I am sure you can find it on the web.

      • Kayln says

        I have read that rice powder can work as a substitute for powdered milk. I haven’t tried it yet, but will today! :)

    • says

      I know they *make* powdered coconut milk because some of the Thai Kitchen microwave meals have the powdered coconut milk. I have no idea how hard it would be to find it though.

      Personally, I would lean toward a powdered almond milk (if there was such a thing.)

      • Elizabeth says

        I frequently use xanthum gum in shakes when I want to leave out the dairy but still want the thick and creamy texture. It might work here.

      • joyce thomas says

        Actually you can find powdered coconut milk at Sprouts (might be a west coast thing not sure). Some Whole Foods carry it, but also there are mom and pop stores that are selling a lot more gluten free products.. but gluten free products that are low carb, and coconut in powdered form or flour is one of them.

    • Trixie says

      I have seen powdered soy and powdered almond milk on the shelves at our local Randall’s (Safeway) store. It’s in the baking aisle.

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  4. Gallegos Newsletter says

    What a wonderful idea! I am going to go right now and print off the recipe booklet….Then I am going to share the idea with my firends…This also would be fun to add to a house warming basket!

  5. Lauren Jamison says

    I adore everything you post! Have you used it as a sauce for anything yet? Do you know of any substitutes for the dry milk that would make it dairy free?

  6. Anonymous says

    I have used this for years but I don't add the flavoring till I am cooking. I add celery leaves for cream of celery, mushrooms for cream of mushroom, etc. It is such a money saver!

  7. Anonymous says

    hi jill…first of all i LOVE your site! i found you through pinterest and i can't wait to see your "one good thing" everyday! i was so happy to see this today. i was going to buy some cream of chicken soup the other day and even for the store brand it is SO expensive now! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this!!!

  8. Elizabeth says

    I have been using a recipe like this for the last two years, ever since I went GF two years ago. It has been a lifesaver. Plus like you said it is cheep. I love that it only takes a few minutes to make. Thanks for the recipe booklet share also!

  9. says

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