Homemade Onion Soup Mix (with No MSG!)

So far in this Heavenly Homemakers Recipe Challenge, we’ve come up with recipes for Homemade Tator Tots, Healthier Chocolate Milk and Teriyaki Sauce.  I attempted a recipe for corn tortillas and while they tasted pretty good…they were NOT easy to make, they fell apart and looked ugly.  I’m going to keep working on that one until I come up with a corn tortilla recipe that doesn’t take the whole afternoon to make.  :)

This new recipe in The Challenge was super easy to put together!  Vicki, one of our readers, sent me an Onion Soup Mix recipe to try and WOW is it simple!  I tweaked it a teeny tiny bit, but really, this recipe is more Vicki’s than mine.

What I love about this recipe is that I didn’t have to look high and low for the ingredients.  Many onion soup recipes I found call for some sort of bouillon.  Almost always, bouillon has MSG.  There are MSG free bouillon varieties out there, but what if they aren’t easily accessible to you?  And so…I was very happy to see this recipe that contained just dried herbs and spices!

 

Onion Soup Mix

2/3 cup dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sucanat (or sugar if you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Mix all ingredients in a jar, then give the jar a good shake.  I’d recommend shaking the jar to mix the ingredients well before each use.

Use 4 Tablespoons Onion Soup Mix in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix.  (I actually found that 2 Tablespoons was plenty in a beef stew recipe I tried.)  Store this in a dry, cool place.

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I used the Onion Soup Mix in this simple, one dish stew and YUM!
I’ll be sharing the recipe eventually!

And with that…I have to ask:

SO many of you requested this recipe that I’m guessing you all must have tons of wonderful ways of using Onion Soup Mix?  I would LOVE for you to share what you do with this mix!!!  I have exactly two recipes that call for Onion Soup Mix .  I’m so excited to use this mix in those recipes because I’ve not made them for years.  But what else???  What do you make with Onion Soup Mix??

Comments

  1. Holly says

    We just made this today for the Superbowl and it is terrific. I used a little less tumeric, only 1/3 teaspoon, but that’s the only change I made. Very good recipe, thank you!

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  2. Barbara says

    Thank you for this recipe! We use it in meatloaf, hamburgers, ham loaf, beef bar-b-que, pot roast. Probably some others, as well.

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  3. Lyndi says

    Yummy! Thank you! We sprinkle it over potatoes before frying, mix it with panko and potato flakes for a shake-n-bake, mix it into our gravy, sprinkle it on popcorn with a little sesame oil, mix with shredded cheddar cheese and fold into dough for tasty biscuits or dumplings… I love this soup mix- not only does it make a delish soup, but adds so much flavor to almost anything I whip up!

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  4. Angie says

    I made this recipe last week and tried it with sour cream to make chip dip. We are not pleased with the results. I’m not trying to leave a bad review or anything… but I just wanted to warn anyone who thinks of using it this way – it’s not very good!

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    Cindy Reply:

    Thank you. Any idea for good homemade onion soup mix that works well with sour cream for a dip?

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    Kendra Reply:

    Try Laura’s homemade Ranch dressing recipe. I just made it last night as a salad dressing – the boy loved it to dip his chicken nuggets in and hubby & I enjoyed it on a salad. Made a command decision then and there to make it as a veggie/chip dip for a shin-dig we’re throwing this weekend.

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    Edie Reply:

    Mrs. Dash makes an onion seasoning blend that works great for an onion dip!!

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    Jen N Reply:

    Walnut Dip:

    Ingredients
    ½ pint sour cream
    2 tbsp onion soup mix
    2 oz blue cheese, crumbled
    1 oz (approx) chopped walnuts

    Blend the sour cream and onion soup, then stir in the blue cheese and walnuts.

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    Gillian Reply:

    I tried it as a veggie dip and it was terrible, but I tried it a second time and left out the turmeric. It made all the difference for us! I use mostly yogurt and sometimes mix in sour cream or mayo depending on what’s in the fridge. A few tablespoons of the soup mix and I’ve got a delicious dip!

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    Shannon Reply:

    I knew when I saw the recipe it wouldn’t work for the dip which is what I use it for most. The packet has beef base/bouillon in it and without it is nothing like the packet.

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  5. Cindy says

    Can you tell me how to make just one packet of onion soup mix with these ingredients? Thanks!

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    Cindy Reply:

    Do you have an email sign-up?

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    Laura Reply:

    Cut this recipe by one third, and that should equal about one packet. :)

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    Cindy Freeman Reply:

    Thanks!

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    Bracy Poppell Reply:

    This recipe makes approximately 4 packets of mix so just divide by four for a single packet.

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  6. Renee says

    I used this recipe in a pot roast last week it was fantastic. I just used the onion soup mix to make dip with sour cream. Love it better than the store bought mixes. Then again our family loves turmeric.

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  7. Dot ( dot Martin) says

    Love sound of this receipe – having lived in N.Z. years ago, we used maggi onion soup to make dips and unless you live near a kiwi shop you don ‘t appear to be able to buy just plain onion soup mix in W.A I will now use this receipe given here

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  8. Jamie Garcia says

    I’m looking for a homemade “au jus” recipe to add to my Italian beef Crock pot sandwiches. Any chance you’ll tackle that next?

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  9. pfbyrne says

    I have been using this recipe for about a year now and love it! I use it mostly for making onion dip. Just let it set over night, mixed with sour cream, to soften the minced onion and Viola great tasting Homemade onion dip. Friends and family all love it.
    Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!

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  10. says

    Laura, I use onion soup mix simply over a roast with a 1/2C water in the slow cooker, or I’ve even added into my meatloaf. The onion water from the roast makes a great gravy afterward too.

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  11. Sheri says

    It is great in hamburgers or meat loaf too. I use it w/a roast and it really gives the meat and gravy a great taste!

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  12. says

    I am so excited to try this recipe! I use onion soup mix in my meatloaf, a seasoned rice and chicken dish, creamy crock pot chicken, and of course a dip. There must be more, for I have felt lost since realizing it had MSG in it, and wanting to cut it out of my pantry.

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  13. says

    Looking forward to trying this recipe!! My favorite recipe with onion soup mix is company chicken: 1 c yellow rice, 1/2 c water, 1/2 c orange juice (mix all that in the bottom of 9×13 pan); add pkg of chicken thighs on top; sprinkle one pkg of onion soup mix on top; cover with foil; bake at 350 for 1.5 hours.

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  14. Sarah says

    Just found your website today. One of my precious family members has epilepsy. It has been a challenge finding decent recipes for the “packaged junk” he can no longer have (it tends to trigger small seizures). Your newest fan says THANK YOU! This was a delicious recipe! :)

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  15. Joyce H. says

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I am terribly sickened by ingesting MSG as are countless relatives, friends and tens of thousands of others.
    Your Onion Soup Mix is wonderful! We look forward to following you!

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  16. Candace says

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve been trying to recreate the original, but wasn’t having much luck! Our favorite way to make pork tenderloin is to cut it into 1-inch pieces, sprinkle with 1 “package” of onion soup mix, add 1 cup heavy whipping cream & bake. Serve this over your favorite type of noodle or rice! Enjoy!

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    Joy Klein Reply:

    Your recipe sounds good. How much pork, what temp, and bake how long?

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  17. Lee says

    I was so excited to find this recipe! I use onion soup mix in Taste of Home’s recipe for Mushroom Barley Casserole! IT IS SUPER YUMMY, healthy, and easy to prepare. We eat it as a meal, or side dish on the rare occasion that I make meat. Thank you! =o)

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  18. Shauna says

    1lb ground beef
    1small onion
    1pkg onion soup mix mixed with 2tbsp flour and 2cups water
    1can of mushrooms (I prefer fresh)
    2cups peas and carrots (or other vegetables of your choice)
    Fresh parsley to taste
    I scramble fry beef and onions and add mushrooms after a bit. Then the onion soup/water mix. Boil until sauce thickens to your liking. Add your vegetables and simmer for a couple more minutes until veggies are tender-crisp. Add parsley,stir and serve over fresh steamed rice!
    We were running low on ingredients one day and this is what I came up with as I was rummaging around my pantry. We love it!

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  19. Ashley says

    Love your recipes! I was going to make some of your spice mixes as gifts. What size jar do you recommend? Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    Off hand I can’t say for sure, but probably a half pint. :)

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  20. says

    I have this recipe I make in the crock pot that involves a packet of onion soup mix, 1/2 c of prepared Italian dressing and 1/2 c of water plus chicken breasts. I made it a few nights ago and we were eating the leftovers tonight over rice but there wasn’t much of the soup/gravy left and I didn’t have a packet of onion soup mix so I made this and it was so so so so so tasty. Thank you. Never going back to packaged soup mix.

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  21. Carla LaPointe says

    My late husband used t make a “Russian Chicken” recipe…he mixed a packet of Russian Dressing with a container of Russian Dressing (the larger bottle) and a can of chicken stock…Mix together, Add a package of frozen precooked chicken wings…Cook till wings are heated through….serve over rice….YUMMM…

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  22. Carla LaPointe says

    Ooops-revise that-a packet of onion soup with a bottle of Russian dressing mix and a can of chicken stock

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  23. Dee G says

    I am using it in place of the store bought kind in my husband’s favor bread made in my bread machine. It is a quick bread so it only makes 58 minutes and is better than bagels in the morning. 2# loaf: 1.5C warm water, 3Tbl oil, 3Tbl Sugar, 4C bread flour, 3Tbl dry onion soup mix, 2Tbl quick rise yeast – easy and fast!

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  24. Jocelyne says

    Hello, thanks for the recipe without the bouillons! I can’t wait to try it. I have a question: I was wondering if I can sub the minced onion for more onion powder? Thanks, again.

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Yes, that will work!

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  25. Josie Grounds says

    I plan on using this for mini sliders that I make for my children. It’s healthier, and I want them healthy. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to try it out in tonight’s meal.

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  26. Rebekah Walden says

    I use all your mixes recipes and love them. They are great no msg, no perservatives and no coloring just great flavor. One hint on the onion and ranch if I am using them for dip I put the spices through a grind on an extra coffee grinder.

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  27. Rachel says

    I have a wonderful pot roast recipe that you make in the slow cooker, but it also calls for a package of brown gravy mix. Do you have a “healthier” alternative for that? :D

    1 package onion soup mix
    1 package brown gravy mix
    2 tbs. flour
    4 cups ginger ale
    1 3-to-4-pound pot roast

    Combine first four ingredients and pour over roast in crock pot. Cook on low for 12 hours.

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  28. cathie says

    Along with no MSG I also can’t use dried or dehydrated onions. So how much onion powder would I have to use or could I have the other ingredients read and just add fresh onion?

    Thanks

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    Laura Reply:

    You’d have to experiment with the onion powder as I’m not sure of the exchange amount. Fresh onion would work fine!

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  29. Lisa C. says

    I would love a recipe for making up powdered gravy mix I could just add to water (or stock), and have gravy mix. yes, I know I can mix fat with flour and water, etc, but I really would love to make a mix similar to the packets of gravy, either brown gravy or our favorite, homestyle gravy.

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  30. Jean says

    I’m hoping this dried onion soup mix can be used in a cold spinach dip recipe. MSG causes me to have terrible migraine headaches, so I can’t use any of the packaged onion soup mixes I’ve found. Any hints as to make the spinach dip (to be served with Hawaiian Bread)? Thanks!

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  31. Jackie a says

    We love cranberry chicken made with onion soup. This is so yummy with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. Very festive and easy easy easy.
    1 pkg Cranberries
    1 1/2 cup sugar
    1c water
    1 pkg soup mix
    1/8 tsp of corriander
    10-12 chicken thighs
    Heat oven to 200 degrees. Make some fresh cranberry sauce following instructions on bag but with extra 1/2 cup sugar and leave them whole. Add soup mix and corriander. Place chicken in large baking dish and pour cranberry mixture over chicken. Bake chicken for at least 4 hours ( the longer it bakes the sweeter it is). It seems almost impossible to over cook this chicken I’ve left it as long at 7 hours and it was still yummy

    In a hurry? Raise temperature and bake for shorter times.

    Need to start it way in advance? Lower temp as low as 175 and cook for longer.

    If you like a thicker sauce add only a cup of the cranberries bake chicken for 1 hour and pour off some of the liquid then add rest of cranberry mix and finish baking.

    Too much chicken? Place uncooked chicken and cranberry mixture into freezer bags in desired sizes and freeze for later.

    Prefer chicken breast? Yes you can use them but it will never get as sweet because the white meat is too dense. And it will also taste quite a bit different.

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  32. Chris says

    Try searching for “Simple One Dish Meat and Potato Meal” on the HHM site. I accidentally found it when I looked under the condiment list for mushroom soup, which the pictured casserole above uses. Of course I remembered this last post and had to reply. Love the condiment list with healthy substitutes!

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  33. Gaby D. says

    My fav dish using onion soup mix is this Drunk stew:
    2 lbs of stew meat (beef)
    1 package or 4 spoons of your recipe of onion soup mix!
    1 small bottle of dark beer (irish stout)
    1 can of diced tomato with Italian herbs

    Mix all in a pressure cook (not water needed) and cook for 35 minutes!
    That’s it! It’s sooooo delicious the meat and the sauce.

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  34. MARSHA says

    I needed an onion soup mix without MSG because my son-in-law cannot have anything with MSG. Here’s my favorite recipe with dried onion soup.

    WINO STEW
    2-3 pounds chuck roast
    1 package dry onion soup mis
    1 can gluten free cream of mushroom soup
    fill the can up with any kind of wine that you have; sweet, dry, red, white it doesn’t matter.

    Mix all the ingredients and pour over the chuck roast. Either cook in a 250 degree oven or in a crock pot on low for about 5-6 hours.

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  35. Christal says

    Is the turmeric neccesary? I don’t ever buy it so don’t have it on hand.

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    Laura Reply:

    Nah, you can skip it and be just fine. :)

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  36. Natasha Millard says

    I use Onion Soup Mix in the Crockpot. Just put a whole chicken or several chicken parts into the crockpot and sprinkle soup mix on top. Set on High for 6-8 hours. That’s it, you don’t need to add anything else. I use this a couple of times a month and it works great!

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  37. Amy says

    We learned to like Turmeric by putting some in a cheese shaker and keeping it on a counter. A shake or two over eggs, in meatloaf, chicken, salads, etc. didn’t change the flavor, much at all, as we got used to it and began adding it to all kinds of recipes and we can feel the difference it makes. Why? Turmeric removes inflammation from our bodies. Inflammation is the underlying cause of many serious diseases. Just a thought for those who are interested.

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  38. says

    We love to make Cranberry Chicken. It takes one can whole berry cranberry sauce, one packet onion soup mix and 8 oz creamy French dressing. Mix together and pour over chicken pieces. I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles. Delicious!

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  39. Mary says

    I’m really happy you shared this recipe!I love the flavor of onion soup mix, but not the MSG part. I used it for my “Shredded Turkey sandwiches” in the crock pot.
    Turns out great and very easy!

    6-7 lb turkey breast(rinse and patted dry)
    1 stick of butter melted
    1 bottle beer (any)
    1/3 cup onion soup

    Mix 3 ingredients together, pour over turkey. Cook on low in crock pot for 6-7 hours. Shred and enjoy for sandwiches.

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  40. Anna says

    Msg free, Gluten free, Preservative free Corn tortilla recipe:

    Take 1 very big leaf of your favorite variety of lettuce, and use like you would a corn tortilla.

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