Homemade Onion Soup Mix
Homemade onion soup mix is easily one of my favorite things to make because it is so simple. Why buy it in the store when you can make it at home?
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Use this to substitute for a one ounce package you would normally buy in the grocery store.
This homemade onion soup mix is great because you can double or triple it to have more for later. I stored mine in a pint size mason jar because it has an airtight lid. It is also easy to use an old spice container and just relabel it.
Being a prepper and dealing with massive supply shortages since the Covid shutdown, I’ve made it a point to learn how to make things myself. Because there is nothing more frustrating than having a meal planned out and going to the store to find they’re out of a key ingredient.
When I know how to make something myself, supply shortages aren’t nearly as obnoxious! I know I can handle it.
Make Onion Soup
Place this homemade onion soup mix in a medium saucepan and stir in 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will make about 31/2 cups.
Make Onion Dip
Combine this homemade onion soup mix with 1 container (16 ounces) of sour cream. I like to let mine sit in the refrigerator overnight to rehydrate the dried spices and marry into the sour cream. Stir well before serving.
Just like with my ranch dressing, this onion dip is even better if it has time to sit and chill in the refrigerator. Both make for excellent dips on game day or for any party.
Onion Soup Potatoes
Stir this soup mix into some olive oil. Peel and dice some red potatoes, and spray a cookie sheet or baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray. Stir in the potatoes to the oil and soup mix, until well-coated.
Place into the baking dish or cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender but not mushy. The baking time will largely depend on how small or large the potatoes are diced.
These potatoes are a favorite in my house because they’re so simple to do. My husband, Nathan, requests these often.
Homemade Onion Soup Mix Ingredients
Onion Flakes, ¼ cup
Beef Bouillon Powder, 2 tablespoons, sodium-free or low-sodium
Onion Powder, ¼ teaspoon
Parsley Flakes, ¼ teaspoon
Celery Seed, ⅛ teaspoon
Paprika, ⅛ teaspoon
Ground Black Pepper, ⅛ teaspoon
Homemade Onion Soup Mix Directions
Measure all of the ingredients into an airtight container and mix together. You can either stir it with a fork, or just put the lid on the container and shake it up a bit.
That’s it! It really is just that easy!
Homemade Onion Soup Notes
If you can’t find beef bouillon powder or granules, you can pick up the cubes and crush them up as well. I had to do this, and I found that 8 of the cubes equaled the 2 tablespoons that I needed.
I used a small Ziplock bag and a meat tenderizer to put pressure on the cubes and break them apart. If the store doesn’t have what you need, improvise like this!
If you are making a larger batch of this to store for later use, be sure to shake it up really well first, and then measure out ¼ cup of this homemade onion soup mix.
Why I Love This Recipe
This recipe seriously cuts the salt out! Looking at the box of a prepackaged onion soup mix, salt is the number 2 ingredient, and is responsible for 27% of our daily sodium intake. Plus there is corn syrup and soy sauce in it. Holy salt, Batman! That mix also may or may not contain milk products.
I am a big fan of knowing what is in my food, versus leaving that up to someone else by buying a prepackaged ingredient. This is a classic example of why making it myself is just healthier and easier.
This homemade onion soup mix makes an excellent holiday gift. Simply prepare it, package it in a mason jar with an airtight lid, create a nice label and directions on how to prepare it, and give it as a gift.
I have known people who have salt restrictions, and giving this as a gift for them to enjoy has been incredibly well-received. Because it is thoughtful to their dietary restrictions, but it is also giving them something that is useful and packs a great flavor without the additives.
Giving a gift that is useful like this is the best kind of gift, in my opinion!
Make It Vegan!
One of my closest friends is vegan, and I’m always looking for ways to use simple substitutions for when Nathan and I invite him to dinner, or when I share a recipe with him.
In this case, the only thing to substitute is the beef bullion powder for vegetable bullion. That’s it! Just one simple tweak and you’ve got a great vegan recipe.
Have you made this homemade onion soup mix yourself? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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