Homemade French Onion Soup Mix

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I grew up with a dad who hated onions and the 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’d made it as a soup to eat plain or use it to season foods or roasted vegetables. Sometimes I’d sneak fresh onions into the house (contraband onions… lol), but I developed a love for 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.

The Flavors…

Like pre-mixed french onion soup, this combines the flavors of onion, garlic, celery, salt and pepper. You get the same flavor without the:

Onions (dehydrated), salt, cornstarch, onion powder, sugar, corn syrup, hydrolyzed soy protein, caramel color, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, yeast extract, natural flavors, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate. (ingredients in store bought mix)

I bought all of my herbs for this recipe and all of my other herb and spice blends from here in bulk.

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French Onion Soup Mix

Homemade french onion soup mix with herbs, spices and salt is a great alternative to store bought french onion soup mix and can be used in a variety of recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried Onion Flakes or dehydrated onion slices
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt (optional but helps absorption of soup)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (optional but adds great flavor)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a glass jar.

Notes

Use approximately 1/4 cup per 2 cups of beef stock (or bone broth) to make french onion soup (add 3-4 onions that have been very thinly sliced and slowly caramelized for extra flavor. To use as a mix, you can add 1/2 cup soy-free and MSG free beef bouillon powder and use as you would a packet of french onion soup pix (1/4 cup=1 package). Excellent on roasts or for making french onion soup. I also use as the seasoning for the meat in Shepard/Cottage Pie.

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Ever used french onion soup mix? Ready to try a healthy version?

This french onion soup mix replaces the store bough version with a simple recipe of onion flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt and pepper.

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  1. What about for onion dip? Would you use it straight with some good quality spur cream amd/or mayo? Thanks! Can’t wait to try it!

      • Have you tried it as dip yet? I’d be curious about quantities…

        • Yes, I mixed by taste, but I think it was about a tablespoon and I let sit in the fridge for a couple of hours so they onions would soften.

  2. WELLNESS MAMA – YOU CRACK ME UP WITH YOUR INGENIOUS WAYS OF DUPLICATING TASTY PROCESSED FOODS INTO EDIBLE HEALTHY FOODS. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW LONG IT TAKES TO DO THIS AND I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR DEDICATED WORK FOR ALL OF US.

  3. pssst…*whispering* I used to stir French Onion soup mix into sour cream as a dip for potato chips, and then lick the bowl! Talk about a gut nightmare. 😉

    Ya know, I was thinking the exact same thing while reading this article – – that I appreciate what you do in all your culinary creativeness, and more! Thank you for helping us 🙂

  4. Could you use dehydrated “minced onion” in place of the onion flakes? I too love onion soup mix to add to my meats and other soups. So happy you took the time to make this! I can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Fantastic recipe, thank you. Can you recommend a gluten-free, MSG-free beef bouillon powder? I haven’t been able to find one.

    • Re: the boullion powder. Try Spices, Etc online. They have both a beef and chicken stock that is pure and unflavored in powder form. I have a corn gluten and soy sensitivity so I always am looking for recipes like this. Thank you so much, Wellness Mama

      • Thanks for the tip, Barbara, but the bouillon bases at Spices, Etc. all contain hydrolyzed soy protein, which we cannot eat, and sugar, which we try to avoid. I guess I’ll keep looking.

        • Lou,

          Check the Chicken & beef STOCK description. I don’t recommend the boullion items. The stock is unflavored, the boullion is.

          • Thanks so much for the clarification, Barbara!

          • Barbara
            I too have been looking for boullions with no luck finding a healthy one.
            I don’t understand the point of unflavored boullion…. Isn’t the flavor why we need it?
            Or at least that’s why I need it to replace the boullion cubes I’ve used for 30 years.
            I don’t know how I’m going to make my traditional German Christmas Day meal of Roladen without my “old boullion”
            Don’t want to ruin my family tradition….

        • I am also glad you clarified that regarding the soy. I do not have a sensitivity to soy and soy products, including soy lethicin but I do have to take thyroid hormone daily because I had my thyroid removed because of thyroid cancer in 2011 soy I totally avoid anything with any soy, soy products including soy lethicin. You would not believe how much food we normally purchase at the market that contains at least one soy product. I had to throw out so much food in my cupboards and my refrigerator when I saw this and now I am doing my best to replace these things with other soy free products. I even had to get rid of my vegetable oil because it could contain soybeans as one of the vegetable in it. My neighbor appreciated it though. lol.

    • 10.5 Oz cooked ground beef or cooked marinated chicken breast
      5 ounces / 150 g leeks, sliced and well-washed
      7 ounces / 200g carrot, well scrubbed and chopped
      3.5 ounces / 100 g celery
      1 ounce / 30g sun-dried tomatoes
      3.5 ounces / 100g shallots, peeled
      3 medium garlic cloves
      9 ounces / 250g fine grain sea salt
      1.5 ounces / 40 g flat-leaf parsley, loosely chopped

      Blend in blender. I keep this recipe in my freezer and scoop as needed. The salt content prevents the from freezing solid.

  6. Thank you so much for this recipe. I don’t think I’ve ever actually made soup from a packet, but pre-wholefoods days, we used to use French Onion Soup mix as seasoning for many things.

    One that comes to mind is French Onion dip – mix a packet of soup mix with 250g cream cheese.

    How much of this homemade mix would be equivelant to a store bought packet?

  7. Ditto, Nancy Russell

    Can’t wait to get the ingredients to make this mix! Yes, I remember the ol’ onion soup mix – add sour cream for a dip, add to beef broth after browning a roast. REALLY good. Ah, the recipes of the 70ies… Thank you, Katie! Appreciate having this staple without the unhealthy stuff! Lisa

  8. This recipe looks great. I used to love adding onion soup mix to my meatloaf. However I too would like to find a soy free and MSG free bouillon. Any suggestions???

  9. Where do you get: soy-free and MSG free beef bouillon powder (hopefully without HFCS and all the other bad, nasty stuff, too!)

    Thank you for this recipe. My daughter LOVES FOS, and this would make a wonderful gift as her now 2 year old son insists: “no cook, mommy”! So she needs healthy quick things to fix!

    • I made my own beef bouillon powder and it’s fantastic. I made my beef bone broth and then boiled it down until it was thick and syrupy, but not yet burnt. Then I poured it onto my dehydrator trays that I lined with parchment paper. It took about three days to get all of it completely dry (you don’t want it leathery, but completely crunchy). Then I just ran it through my food processor and store it in a small jar.

  10. I was doing research, and found this page, which has DIY vegan bouillon, and at the end has links to other recipes, too.

    http://www.hestiaskitchen.com/2011/02/14/make-it-yourself-vegan-broth-powders/

    Another article I read, states that MSG is NATURAL in any animal meat, and therefore is MADE in the body when beef or chicken is eaten. So it can’t be totally avoided unless you are a vegetarian. so, MSG FREE doesn’t exist when consuming meat, but ADDED MSG can be avoided. I still have not found a bouillon product that has : no soy, no ADDED MSG, and no yeast products, (which are GMO)…. so I’m looking at making my own.

  11. This is so great. When I was getting my Thanksgiving items, I grabbed some dried minced onions to make this exact thing. I was just going to loosely base it off a random recipe I found, but I’m thankful to have your recipe to follow. Thank you.

  12. Did anyone figure out how much of this dip would equal a packet to make onion dip?

  13. thank you! You’ve saved a long-time favorite soup – that has a can of french onion soup as its base. I haven’t made it in such a long time, because the thought of making FOS from scratch is daunting to me. I’ll be using this in its place!!

  14. Just wanted to clarify my comments to Lou (and disclosure: I don’t have any affiliation with the company).

    Spices, Etc. (http://www.spicesetc.com) has pure powdered beef and chicken STOCK powder that is completely unflavored. It’s just like if you made and dehydrated your own. Check out their STOCK powder and NOT their soup bases. I have used it and you really do need to add your own salt etc. And as a bonus for those who want to try it, they are having a 15% off sale this week (through Dec 7th).

    And thanks, Tonya, for mentioning that you dehydrate your bone broth. I only cook for myself so I could brew up a BIG batch, dehydrate it, and have it on hand. (That’s why I’m a fan of powdered broth per above).

  15. One can purchase organic, preservative free natural and kosher beef broth gelatin by Great Lakes and add it to soups or anything for extra mineral and protein benefits, I use the one with no flavor, but they do have flavored broth or people can make their own bone marrow broth using any kind of animal (chicken, beef bones ) for extra flavor and health benefit. I would try the onion soup mixture with it.

  16. The packaged onion soup mix is 1/4 cup (or 4 Tbsp.). I’m assuming it’s the same amount for this as well.

    • Carla, I would like to know that as well.

  17. I cannot wait to try this recipe! I just sat here eating the boxed stuff and went to go look at the packaging. At first I was thinking–I don’t want this to go to waste from the holiday. Now, it’s a bit unnerving how much crap is in it. Could you figure out one of those veggie mix ones as well? Like the lipton veggie? I am hoping to get a dehydrator in the near future, but I am now even more inspired by this recipe!

  18. For all those people asking about how much equals a standard packet of Onion Soup Mix, Katie says in the post that you’d use 1/4 cup of the mix in place of a packet of store bought.

  19. I apologize if I skimmed past it, but do you have a recipe posted on how to turn the mix into an actual french onion soup? I really enjoy your tips and tricks, and in our transition to becoming a more sustainable household and family, you have been a wonderful inspiration!

    • It’s in the “notes” section of the recipe.

  20. Oh Jeeze! I found it! Thank You!

  21. does this recipe be like a dip when adding the soup mixture to sour cream?

    • I use it to make the actual soup, but I bet you could also use to make dip!

  22. Going to dehydrate leek and try this out. I imagine it would take lots of leek as its a subtle flavor. Wonder if the green parts would be ok for the powdered portion of the recipe. Then use this for roast and french leek soup bone broth. Thanks for the recipe!