This dry onion soup mix is perfect to throw together in 3 minutes or less and have on hand to use whenever you want. All you need are some spices you probably already have in your kitchen pantry.
Homemade Onion Soup Mix
I’m not going to lie and tell you that you will save oodles of money making your own onion soup mix recipe. A box of Lipton packets costs less than $2, but I will tell you that this one is a little tastier and works great in a pinch for a substitute.
I’ll also go out on a limb here and say 90% of my foodie friends already have all the ingredients they need to make this recipe in their pantry.
How to Make Soup
One of the most common questions is how to make soup from dry onion soup mix. The process couldn’t be simpler! If you want to make soup, add 4 cups boiling water or low sodium beef broth and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Add caramelized onions, frozen veggies or even thinly sliced beef or chicken to make a whole meal.
What’s in Onion Soup Mix?
The base for dry onion soup, sometimes called French Onion Soup Mix, is fairly basic. A blend of:
- Dry onion flakes
- Powdered beef bouillon
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Parsley flakes, optional and not used in these images
- Celery salt
- Smoked paprika
- Black pepper
- Fine sea salt
I prefer mine to be extra onion-y (yep, I just made up that word), so I use more onion flakes than the store bought version and also add black pepper. Look for a very finely ground black pepper to make the smoothest mix.
You can even go a step further and use garlic flakes instead of onion or use both!
How to Use Onion Soup Mix
This is probably one of the most verstile items in the kitchen for seasoning. When I say that I always have it, I’m not joking. Whether is it a homemade onion soup mix or pre bought, it is a staple. Here are my favorite uses:
- Roasted potatoes and vegetables
- Steak Rub
- Chicken and pork marinade
- Mixed into mashed potatoes
- Mixed into gravy
- For meatloaf and hamburgers
- French Onion Dip
- Salisbury Steak
- Cube Steak
- And of course, for making soups!
For most recipes, keeping it chunky and whole is perfectly fine, but if you are looking for all of the flavor, but a fine blend without large pieces of onion, try using a spice grinder to blend it up. This is my favorite spice grinder, cheap and easy to clean! You can also use it to grind coffee!
What is the difference between dry onion soup mix and french onion soup mix? There really isn’t a difference and honestly, I don’t even use it to make French Onion Soup, only just a basic onion soup.
Make Ahead & Storage
This dry soup mix is very shelf stable and will last in a cool, dry place for up to a year. Keep in mind that like most dry seasonings, it will start to lose its potency at about 6 months.
PRO TIP: Get a few small glass containers from the craft store and make these into gifts. Print out the soup instructions on cute labels and decorate with colorful string.
You can also store it in the freezer or fridge to preserve it a little longer.
How many tablespoons equals one packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix?
There are about 3 tablespoons in a Lipton onion soup packet, give or take a smidge. In most recipes, you can eyeball the amount and use a little more or a little less without worry of ruining the recipe.
The only thing to be mindful of is salt content. If the recipe calls for additional salt, add the soup mix and then season with salt accordingly. Adding both could make it to too salty. Same goes for recipes using broth, opt for a low-sodium broth so you can control the saltiness.
More homemade spice blends
- Homemade Seasoned Salt
- Thai Seasoning
- Homemade Italian Seasoning
- Everything Bagel Seasoning
- Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Homemade Fajita Seasoning
- Homemade Poultry Seasoning
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Onion Soup Mix
- Spice Grinder
- Combine the onion flakes, powdered beef bouillon, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, paprika, black pepper and salt in a small mixing bowl and combine.
- If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.
If you want to make soup, add 4 cups boiling water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.