Dairy-Free Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Campbell’s Copycat!)


Here it is, one of the most requested dairy-free recipes on the planet. Over the years, I’ve seen several wannabe recipes, but this dairy-free condensed cream of mushroom soup is the true Campbell’s Copycat. Tony and I created it over a decade ago, for the first edition of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. You can still find it in the 2nd Edition, and today, I’m sharing our secret recipe with all of you.

Dairy-Free Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe (Campbell's Copycat!) - Fast, Easy, Uses Pantry Ingredients, and Delicious. Great in Recipes or as Soup. Naturally Vegan, Nut-Free, and Soy-Free. Gluten-Free Option.

Dairy-Free Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Campbell’s Copycat!)

Now, more than ever in our lifetimes, we need some good pantry recipes that we can count in. This dairy-free condensed cream of mushroom soup is one of those staples. It take minutes to make and uses ingredients that most of us have in our pantries every day. It’s versatile, simple, cheap, and just like that can of Campbell’s soup!

Most of the copycat recipes on the internet use way too much fat, are overly complicated, or use ingredients that are nothing like the one’s in Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup.

So over a decade ago, Tony and I decided to dissect the ingredients on the original Campbell’s can. We calculated, tested, and finally came up with this version that is as close as you can get without the MSG, “modified” ingredients, and secret spices used in their version.

Just like Campbell’s, this recipe is naturally nut-free, low in fat, and it takes just one pan and minutes to make. It can also be made into soup, or used as is in dairy-free green bean casserole, pasta, or other timeless recipes. But unlike the original, our recipe is dairy-free, soy-free, and even optionally gluten-free!

Quick Ingredient Tips

  • Go Dairy Free - The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free LivingUsing Fresh Mushrooms: We use canned because this gives it the true Campbell’s taste, but you can use fresh. Simply saute about 1 cup of sliced mushrooms (or more if you wish) in a little oil, for about 5 minutes over medium-low heat. Add them to the recipe in place of the canned mushrooms.
  • Choosing Your Milk Beverage: Each milk beverage performs differently and tastes a little different. I recommend using your favorite go-to unsweetened milk alternative for cooking purposes. We’ve enjoyed this recipe most with rice milk, cashew milk, and coconut milk beverage. For our tastes, almond milk was too pronounced, but I know some of you will like it. I recommend avoiding milk beverage with added protein because most brands separate when cooked and/or can thicken strangely.
  • Best Oil Options: For the most seamless taste, use a neutral-tasting oil like grapeseed oil, rice bran oil, extra-light olive oil, non-GMO canola oil, or vegetable oil. You can use another medium-heat oil, but it could mildly affect the flavor.

Dairy-Free Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe (Campbell's Copycat!) - Fast, Easy, Uses Pantry Ingredients, and Delicious. Great in Recipes or as Soup. Naturally Vegan, Nut-Free, and Soy-Free. Gluten-Free Option.The photos in this post are of the condensed version, which is why it looks quite thick! If you make it as soup, it thins out to the perfect consistency. Both version are creamy and smooth.

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

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This easy recipe is a sample from my flagship book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. It can be used as a 1:1 vegan substitute for Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup in any recipe.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: Makes 1¼ cups (the equivalent to one 10¾-ounce can of Campbell’s)
  • 1¼ cups unsweetened plain dairy-free milk beverage (do not use one with protein added)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or white rice flour (for gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon non-GMO cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon oil (see Oil Options in post above)
  • ¾ to 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
  • Generous pinch garlic powder
  • ½ cup canned mushrooms (pieces and stems), drained
  1. Put the milk beverage, flour, starch, oil, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder in your blender. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  2. Pour the soup mixture into a small saucepan over medium-low heat and add the mushrooms. Cook for about 10 minutes, whisking often. It should reduce to about 1¼ cups of very thick “condensed” cream of mushroom soup, weighing roughly 10¾ ounces.
  3. Use this condensed soup in recipes as you would the original. If you want to enjoy it as a prepared soup, see the Note below for directions.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or freeze it to enjoy later.
Prepared Dairy-Free Cream of Mushroom Soup Directions: Whisk about 1¼ cups water into the condensed cream of mushroom soup and heat it over low heat until warmed to your liking. Pour into bowls, and enjoy.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Jennifer Jackson on

    So excited to try this! I’ve been (painfully) denying my dairy allergy for a while now, b/c I hate the thought of not being able to eat my favorite foods, especially around the holidays; but I just can’t do it any longer :/ I’m making a 4x batch of this this weekend, so I can freeze half, & finally make a cream of mushroom crock pot roast that won’t try to kill me 🙂

    Also, I saw another commenter’s post above about adapting it for cream of celery soup, which seems pretty straightforward; but I was wondering if there’s a way to make a cream of chicken version? My guess is that chicken bouillon would be the best bet, but not sure of ratios? Also powder or paste (like Better Than Bouillon)? And then wondering what spices//herbs to add for flavor. Would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions! Thanks so much for this recipe!

    • You can make it cream of chicken with chicken bouillon, I’ve tested it with the powder. It’s pretty good, but wasn’t my favorite version. I make a different cream of chicken for recipes with cashews. With this recipe, I would just add a bouillon cube. If you want to add additional herbs, it is up to you! And I would season with salt, to taste, since the bouillon adds a fair bit of salt.

    • I don’t have any good substitute ideas that would give you a similar taste, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play around with the flavor. As a couple commenters noted, mushroom powder and truffle oil can infuse some good flavor if you like the taste of mushrooms in particular. From there, I would just think about the taste of your dish and what flavors might go nicely. You can simply omit them if you want a simple creamy base or use any range of spices or herbs to give different flavors to your dish.

    • I experimented a few years ago with an IBS diet that prohibited onions and garlic, discovered a great substitute in asafoetida powder, available online and at many dedicated spice vendors. Tastes like a combination of onion and garlic powder.

  2. Do you have the old recipe you had using “Better than Milk” rice powder? I loved that recipe but can’t find it now.

  3. We don’t like the texture of mushrooms so I make it with 1/2 tbsp mushroom powder instead of canned mushrooms and it’s great!!

  4. Umm, this is better than Campbell’s! My mom is lactose I tolerant and can’t remember the last time she had Green Bean Casserole so I decided to make it for her this Christmas (tomorrow). I used unsweetened almond milk because that’s all the store had when I went, and since we’re garlic lovers my pinch of garlic powder was probably more equivalent to a tablespoon…or so 🤭. I also chopped the mushroom stems and pieces into smaller chunks. This is by far the best condensed cream of mushroom I’ve ever tasted and will be using in my recipes to come. Thank you for sharing this bombshell!

  5. Can you store this for future use or does it need to be consumed immediately? If you can store it, what do you suggest and how long can it be stored?

  6. I am SO excited to find this recipe – I have had to avoid so many wonderful recipes since going dairy-free! Thank you so much!

      • I love this recipe. I am gluten and dairy free so this is amazing!!!! Only way I will make it now. I tend to add a little more onion and garlic because GF flour can diminish the flavor. So I add a tad more to make sure that flavor is there. I also purée the mushrooms in the liquid so my kids won’t freak out over a mushroom lol. I’m currently making a cream of celery soup. Same recipe and then might tweak it it a little. I cook the celery first like I do fresh mushrooms. So excited to use this as a base recipe and for the condensed soups!!! Happy to make casseroles again 😊

    • Natural protein isn’t so much of a problem, but soymilk does sometimes curdle when heated. That said, I have successfully used soymilk. If it curdles, you can blend it until smooth. Add the mushrooms after.

      • Thank you for the reply. My wife just found out she’s allergic to all dairy and I am scrambling to adjust Thankgiving dinner. Happy Holidays!

      • Nekolla Lindsey on

        I’m the black sheep vegan of the family trying to transition some “traditional” dishes to compassion, and this year attempting good ol’ green bean casserole! Thank you so much for this perfect recipe! ❤️

  7. Amazing! We just opted to go gluten and dairy-free and this was the first altered recipe I attempted. My most favourite meal (requested on birthdays for decades) is the classic chicken broccoli casserole that uses Campbell’s soup and mayo. This recipe made it even better! I won’t go back. Thank you!

    • Jennifer Coppoc Anshutz on

      I wasn’t quite clear on what was under “Notes”. If I’m making this for green bean casserole, do I add the water? Or do I use as instructed prior to the Notes?

      • Sorry if that’s confusing. That direction is if you want to make it into a soup, to eat. Just like you would with the condensed soup. The green bean casserole calls for the condensed version, not the prepared soup, so you don’t add the water.

    • Unfortunately, coconut flour is a very poor substitute for all-purpose flour. It’s extremely dry and not very smooth. Do you just need gluten-free, grain-free, or do you need nut-free too?

      • My young son has a dairy allergy AND type 1 diabetes, so I’ve been desperately trying to find a good dairy free, alternative-flour condenses mushroom soup recipe using almond flour or coconut flour. Do you think super finely ground almond flour would be a somewhat adequate replacement for the flour? I know they don’t act the same way, but I can’t figure this one out for the life of me!

        • Yes, but I would freshly grind it yourself (I usually just use a spice grinder to grind the nuts into a flour). I use cashews this way. Freshly ground will absorb the most liquid and thicken it the best. You can use it in place of the flour and starch, and simmer as long as you need to thicken. I do prefer cashews – they have a better flavor in cream sauces in my opinion – but almonds should function the same way. I would not use coconut flour, personally. It has a stronger flavor and is more finicky.

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