Retro Revamp: The Souper Scramble

Souper Scramble 1958

A can of soup has been a secret ingredient for home cooks since cans of soup were invented.  I suspect that it’s a secret of a few sly professionals as well.  Just a couple of Tablespoons of a cream of soup concentrate can dramatically change the flavor of scrambles, omelets and frittatas… almost always for the better.

This recipe was part of a vintage 1958 magazine ad for Campbell’s Soups called “Souper Special Budget Beaters.” (To see the full ad, click here.)  Above, you can see the dish as it appeared in the classic ad.  Below, you can see my revamped recreation.

Souper Scramble 2013

I adjusted the recipe to make 2 servings.  My ingredients were 3 eggs, 2 Tablespoon butter, about 1/3 can cream of mushroom soup, a small handful of cheese and some parsley.  Not part of the original recipe, I also added 3 sliced button mushroom and some finely chopped chives.

Souper Scramble Ingredients

The trick to working with soup is stirring it by itself first.  They make mention of that in the original recipe.  If you don’t stir it until smooth, you get lumps of soup in the egg mixture.  Those lumps will cook down in the frying pan, but why mess with it.  A quick initial stir of the soup just helps everything distribute more evenly.

Making a Souper Scramble

My Super Souper Mushroom Scramble:

Saute the mushrooms for about 6 minutes in 1 Tablespoon of butter over medium heat until they became very tender and fragrant.  As they cook, beat the eggs with the soup.  Stir cooked mushrooms into the egg mixture.

Pour the egg mixture into the same pan.  Sprinkle with chives.  Stir and scramble until the egg is fully set.  Turn off heat.  Sprinkle with cheese and cover until melted.  Garnish with parsley and additional chives.

Souper Scramble in Frying Pan

That’s all there is to it.  For all my fancy sautéed modifications, the star of this recipe is still the humble can of mushroom soup.  It was nice to get a more complex buttery mushroom flavor, but if you don’t want to mess around, just stir some soup in your eggs. The (mush) rumors are true.  It’s soup-erbly eggs-cellent!

I hope you have a souper day!

Serving of Souper Scramble

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  • Haha cool, I love reading vintage cookbooks. Their variation of using a can of Campbell’s Vegetable Soup would be horribly disgusting though. The cream soups make way more sense.

    • I love vintage cookbooks too. Super fun. I think I agree with you about the Vegetable soup, but I’ll have to do a kitchen test first to confirm. Thanks for the comment Mike!

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