Can I use canned “cream-of” soups or cheese in my Glorious One-Pot Meals?
I have a number of recipes that I think might make great ones in your glorious pot, but they take cheese or cream sauce ( sometimes canned soup ). Do any of your recipes in the cookbook have that type sauce? Let me know as I love this cooking method as I can get a dinner on the table in an hour after coming home from work.
I have developed a few recipes that include cheese — off the top of my head I can think of my Eggplant Parmesan recipe that calls for mozzarella, Glorious Macaroni and Cheese which has cheddar, and my Greek Eggplant with Bread Stuffing that includes feta — and I have always had good results with cow’s milk cheese, goat’s milk cheese, and non-dairy cheese substitutes.
I don’t have any recipes that call for canned soup, velveeta or prepared cheese sauces for a couple reasons: 1) they’re usually full of sodium, fat, and other artificial ingredients that I don’t want to put into my body and 2) cassoroles use canned cream-of-x soups to provide the cohesion desired to meld all the other ingredients together into a uniform slab while one of the benefits of Glorious One-Pot Meals is that each ingredient retains its integrity during the cooking process. I have found that I can get a really creamy, cheesy meal by scattering chunks of cheese through the pot and don’t need to add a canned soup to accomplish this.
This is not to say that you can’t or shouldn’t put anything you desire into your own versions of Glorious One-Pot Meals! In fact, I would love to hear your thoughts on how these recipes turn out if you do choose to use these ingredients. I think it would be an interesting experiment to take one of your old favorite recipes that calls for canned soup and make it into a Glorious One-Pot Meal without the soup and see how you like it. For instance, if the recipe calls for a can of cream of mushroom soup, substitute sliced fresh mushrooms and a few chunks of mozzarella instead. The meal would become significantly lighter in fat, sodium and calories. And who knows, you may even like it better than before.