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Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix
One of the questions I get most often is how someone can tailor a recipe to fit their dietary needs. And I’m not gonna lie y’all, I really don’t like to go there. There are just too many factors in health-specific diets that there is no possible way I can be an expert in them all, and let’s be real, I’m just a cook – not a doctor or a certified nutritionist. You really have to be your own expert for your own specific diet. For example, I have Lupus. There isn’t a specific diet I follow but my type of Lupus comes with Reynaud’s syndrome (which means my fingers turn blue when I’m cold.) Anyhow, I have to watch my caffeine intake. It makes the condition (and my blood pressure) way worse when I have a day loaded with caffeine. So I am vigilant about that. Health-specific diets almost seem endless: diabetic, gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free, low-carb, kidney diets, paleo, heart-healthy, and the list goes on. So you really need to know what works for you and your diet.
Having said all that, sometimes the same question comes up over and over and I just can’t ignore it. This recipe (I hope) will be an answer to one of those often-asked questions: How to make homemade dry onion soup mix. The main reason I get this question is because of sodium. A lot of folks gotta keep an eye on sodium, gluten and MSG. Personally, I use those packets all the time. I love the taste. So, for me, there isn’t an issue with the taste or the ingredients but I know it is for many folks because they must control what is going into all of their food but still want to make these easy and simple recipes that use a packet of dry onion soup mix.
Homemade and delicious
So I set out to find a recipe that tastes like the packet kind (maybe even better!) but where I could control the sodium. And for that, I had to find sodium-free beef bouillion cubes or granules. I easily found it at Walmart. I was kind of surprised. I thought it would be a bigger chore than it was and I was prepared to order it from Amazon so I could test this recipe. So I whipped this up and then tested it in a couple of recipes. And I gotta say, not only did it taste amazing, it worked seamlessly and I couldn’t even tell the difference between the two. It might’ve actually been a tad bit better. 🙂
1/4 cup dried onion flakes
2 tablespoons sodium-free beef bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Mix together well. Use as a substitute for a 1-ounce envelope of dry onion soup mix.
You could certainly make extra and pop it into an old container to use for later!
To make soup: Place this mix into medium saucepan. Stir in 4 cups water and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.
To make onion dip: Combine this mix with 1 (16 oz.) container sour cream.
- 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
- 2 tablespoons sodium-free beef bouillon granules
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl or a lidded container.
- Mix together well.
- Use as a substitute for a 1-ounce envelope of dry onion soup mix.
- To make soup: Place this mix into medium saucepan. Stir in 4 cups water and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.
- To make classic onion dip: Combine this mix with 1 (16 oz.) container sour cream.
Here’s a free printable to attach to your jar. Just click HERE or on the photo below to print (double-sided).
Use your new homemade dry onion mix in these recipes: Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast
Try these other homemade seasonings: Homemade Ranch Seasoning