I grew up with a dad who hated both the taste and smell of onions so we didn’t eat them very often. In high school, I discovered my love of onions, but the closest we could get to having them at home was dried french onion soup mix. So French onion soup it was.
I made it as a soup to eat plain or used it to season foods or roasted vegetables. Sometimes I’d sneak fresh onions into the house (contraband onions… lol), but I definitely developed a love for the French onion soup mix during this time.
Once I went to college, I started adding onions to a lot of my own cooking, and once I married my husband (his family is of Italian decent), I really started using onions in most of my cooking (along with garlic).
When we switched to real food, we stopped using most products that came from a box or a can, so I didn’t buy French onion soup mix anymore, but I missed the flavors and the convenience of the mix.
Like pre-mixed French onion soup, this combines the flavors of onion, garlic, celery, salt, and pepper. You get the same flavor without the:
Cornstarch, sugar, corn syrup, hydrolyzed soy protein, caramel color, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, yeast extract, natural flavors, disodium inosinate, and disodium guanylate (ingredients in store bought mix).
I like to buy all of my herbs for this recipe and all of my other herb and spice blends online in bulk. It saves money and I’m not always running out of a spice that I need. Simply store unused herbs and spices in the freezer or a cool dark place until you’re ready to use them.
French Onion Soup Mix Recipe
Yield 1 cup + 2 TBSP
Homemade French onion soup mix with herbs, spices, and salt is a great alternative to store bought onion soup mix and can be used in a variety of recipes.
- Combine all ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake to mix.
To make French onion soup, use approximately ¼ cup onion soup mix per 2 cups of beef stock (add 3-4 onions that have been very thinly sliced and slowly caramelized for extra flavor).
To use as a mix, you can add ½ cup soy-free and MSG-free beef bouillon powder and use as you would a packet of french onion soup mix (¼ cup=1 package). It is excellent on roasts or for making french onion soup. I also use as the seasoning for the meat in shepherd/cottage pie.
Serving Size 1 tsp
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Sodium 78 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Sugars 0.4 g
Protein 0.1 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ever used French onion soup mix? Ready to try a healthy version?