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.
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)
- ½ cup dried Onion Flakes or dehydrated onion slices
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Celery Salt
- ½ 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)
- Mix all ingredients and store in a glass jar.
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 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.
Ever used french onion soup mix? Ready to try a healthy version?