Homemade French Onion Soup Mix

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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 had my own home 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. However, I missed the flavors and the convenience of the mix.

French Onion 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 cornstarch, soy protein, and yeast extract. Plus homemade onion soup mix is naturally gluten-free.

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.

How to Use Dry Onion Soup Mix

Onions make almost anything savory taste better. You can add some of this seasoning mix to your favorite soup recipe or just make French onion soup with it. I add 1/4 cup of the dry onion soup mix to 2 cups of beef broth and add thinly sliced, caramelized onions. The soup also tastes really good with some Gruyere cheese melted on top!

Here are some more ideas:

  • Add 3 Tablespoons of onion soup mix to 2 cups of sour cream to make French onion dip. Let the flavors marinate for several hours or overnight before serving.
  • Add a few Tablespoons to homemade meatloaf.
  • Add 3 Tablespoons of the onion soup mix to a pot roast and veggies and cook in the slow cooker.
  • I also like to season the meat with this mix when I make shepherd’s pie.

French Onion Soup Mix Recipe

Homemade French onion soup mix with herbs, spices, and salt is a great alternative to store-bought onion soup mix. Use it in a variety of recipes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 3kcal
Author Katie Wells


46 teaspoons



  • Combine all ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake to mix.
  • Store in your jar or an airtight container in a cool, dry place.


Nutrition Facts
French Onion Soup Mix Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 tsp)
Calories 3
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.01g0%
Saturated Fat 0.002g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.003g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.001g
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 0.1g0%
Vitamin A 0.3IU0%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.04mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • To make French onion soup, use about ¼ cup onion soup mix per 2 cups of beef stock. Add 3-4 very thinly sliced, caramelized onions for extra flavor.
  • To use as a mix, you can add ½ cup soy-free and MSG-free beef bouillon granules 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 it as the seasoning for the meat in shepherd/cottage pie.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


46 responses to “Homemade French Onion Soup Mix”

  1. Maria Positiva Avatar

    Your post brought back memories of my own ‘forbidden’ ingredients growing up. Onions were always a no-go in our household, but now, they’re a staple in my cooking. I’m intrigued by the idea of dehydrating leeks as a substitute in your soup mix recipe. The subtle flavor might just be the perfect twist for my next roast or bone broth. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring recipe!

  2. Karen Avatar

    Do you think chicken boulion would be ok? I have a beef protein allergy. Or would that be weird

  3. Heather Avatar

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I want to make a lentil recipe that uses French Onion Soup Mix but I am gluten free and vegan. I couldn’t find a box without either milk or wheat! Definitely going to give this a try with a little Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base added! Thanks again!

  4. Melissa Avatar

    Just to clarify if I just need a packet of the dried onion soup mix I use 1/4 of the mixture from your recipe and that’s equivalent? Or I’m supposed to use that plus the beef bouillon powder to?

  5. Nancy Avatar

    Can you recommend a soy-free and MSG free beef bouillon powder to make a mix?

  6. Lala P Avatar

    I love your onion story it was like the forbidden vegetable in your dad’s home. Now you’re grown with family and you are doing amazing recipes with the forbidden onion. Thanks for sharing

  7. Miranda Cunningham Avatar
    Miranda Cunningham

    4 stars
    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!

  8. tabby Avatar

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

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