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I love this onion soup mix recipe. It goes with everything. But I’m curious. Does anybody actually ever make onion soup with onion soup mix? Or is it one of those items that just carries the name because of the main ingredient?

I suppose you could add it to french onion soup, although I don’t think that would be quite the same with all those little bits of onion floating around instead of the bigger pieces. But who am I to judge.

The fact is, this stuff adds tons of flavor to just about anything you cook. And the great part is, there is no MSG, preservatives, added sugars or any of that other garbage that food companies like to add to their packaged seasonings. Just real herbs and spices, the way it’s supposed to be!

Clean Eating Onion Soup Mix Recipe

I actually tested this out first by mixing it into some plain Greek yogurt to see if I could get a vegetable dip that was in any way close to the one my mom used to make. And as a matter of fact, this was pretty dead on! Sorry Mom, I figured out your secret recipe! Then I mixed it in with some ground turkey for turkey burgers. Delish!! This just has so many uses. How do you typically use onion soup mix? What types of dishes do you add it to?

ONION SOUP MIX RECIPE FOR MEATLOAF

Yes, this is a perfect replacement of the packaged stuff for making meatloaf! 1 packet typically has about 2 tbsp. of onion soup mix in it, but also contains a lot of MSG which intensifies the flavor. So for meatloaf, I recommend using 3-4 tablespoons per 2 lbs. ofย  meat.

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ONION SOUP MIX RECIPE:

Clean Eating Onion Soup Mix Recipe

Onion Soup Mix

Use this delicious blend instead of the garbage packets from the store!
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Course: Dry Mix
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 18 servings (1 generous cup - 1 tbsp. serving size)
Calories: 30kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried, chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 5 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. sea salt or pink salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

  • Blend all herbs and spices together. I find it's easiest to pour everything into a ziplock bag or glass jar. Easy to mix, easy to store!
  • Note that you can use less salt if you need to. As I said above, I seasoned this by mixing it in with yogurt for dip, and that amount of salt tasted good to me. So adjust that to your liking.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 11/18/13.

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80 Comments

  1. Jessica W says:

    How ironic I was out looking for a clean onion soup mix recipe yesterday! and I found a semi clean one that had all of these but used a sugar substitute. I am so excited you posted this as I was going to make it tonight. I like to use onion soup mix to make my roast in the crockpot! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica W – My pleasure! A lot of them do call for sweetener, but I just did not find it necessary. Let me know how you like it!

      1. How much do you use, equivilant to package mix?

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Connie – It’s about 2 tbsp. per package.

  2. I love tossing it with some diced potatoes then baking them. Yum!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Terrell – Sounds wonderful! I might have to try that…

  3. I love the onion dip where you mix the sour cream and onion soup mix. Hopefully I can make something similar with this!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elle – You can! I did mine with yogurt, but it would be about the same with sour cream. Enjoy!

  4. Olena@iFOODreal says:

    This is awesome! I was staring at a package of store bought one I have in my pantry and thinking “it sucks you are so unhealthy and I’m throwing you out”. Pinned!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Olena – Thanks! Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I grew up thinking that MSG was a “bad” ingredient. More recently I’ve been reading that it’s just something like salt and in no way harmful. What are your thoughts about this?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Steve – MSG is TERRIBLE stuff. I avoid it at all costs.

  6. Amanda Parr says:

    Thanks so much! This is great timing with holiday parties just around the corner! You’re making it even easier to stay on track!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amanda – Happy to help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Would you site some evidence?

  8. This makes a generous 1 cup — so if it calls for 1 packet — use this whole recipe?? or would you measure it out and how much?
    Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – Oh no, that would be too much. I donโ€™t know exactly how much because I donโ€™t know how much is in a packet. But I would guess about 2-3 tablespoons. That being said, I used only 2 tbsp. with 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey and it was great. So I guess it depends on what you’re using it for.

  9. Where would I find clean, dried chopped onions?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Milo – I get mine at Coscto. It’s just dehydrated onions. I think most grocery stores carry them in the spice aisle.

  10. Michele Arana says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Perfect timing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michele – My pleasure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Stephanie says:

    So when a recipe calls for a package of onion soup mix, is this recipe generally the same amount as a full package or do I need to use a little less/more? I’m very excited for this because my mom’s meatloaf that I grew up on uses onion soup mix in it and I’ve really been trying to find an alternative! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – I donโ€™t know exactly because I donโ€™t know how much is in a packet. But I would guess about 2-3 tablespoons. That being said, I used 2 tbsp. in 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey meat and it was just about perfect. So it has some wiggle room there. I would assume it would be equal amounts to the packets though.

      1. 5 stars
        Serving size from the package is 1 Tbsb

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Elaine – Thanks!

  12. if I want to use this in place of store bought pouch how many Tablespoons equal to a pouch/ packet?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sapa – I donโ€™t know exactly because I donโ€™t know how much is in a packet. But I would guess about 2-3 tablespoons.

  13. Kelli Ward says:

    How many teaspoons/tablespoons did you use for dip or for the turkey burgers?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelli – I believe I used about 2 tbsp. in a container of yogurt, but that’s easy to adjust to taste. For the turkey burgers, I used 2 tbsp. for 1 1/2 pounds ground meat.

  14. Gina Smith says:

    I can’t wait to try this tonight! Would you use roughly the same ratio that the boxed stuff has? I think there’s about 1 oz (or 1/8 cup) per package… if that’s the case, not only is it lots better for you, it’s crazy cheaper than the boxed stuff!

    Thanks!
    Gina Smith

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gina – I donโ€™t know exactly because I donโ€™t know how much is in a packet. But I would guess about 2-3 tablespoons. That said, I would have to guess it would be equal amounts. I’ve never used the stuff in the packet, so it’s hard for me to way. But start off with equal amounts. You can always add more to taste.

  15. I made soup with the mix a long time ago when I wasn’t feeling good and that was the only soup I had in the house! It was awful and way too salty as a soup! Can’t wait to try your recipe, I used to use the dry mix to coat potatoes or for dip. Haven’t made anything like that since I started eating healthy because the stuff from the store sounds pretty toxic!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lynn W – this makes a wonderful dip when mixed with greek yogurt!

  16. How much (tablespoons, cup) equals a package?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindy – I donโ€™t know exactly because I donโ€™t know how much is in a packet. But I would guess about 2-3 tablespoons.

  17. How much of this recipe do you suggest using if a recipe calls for “1 pkg onion soup mix”?
    Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lisa – I don’t know exactly because I don’t know how much is in a packet. But I would guess about 2-3 tablespoons.

  18. Glad to see a recipe for a clean mix. I like to make roasts for the family with about a 1/8-1/4 cup mix with 12 oz water and bake on low for a couple of hours. Sometimes hubby can’t tell if it is beef or venison because the flavor is so good. This is definitely on my list to make asap! Thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jess M – Let me know how you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sapa – My pleasure! I hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Thank you for posting! Making a roast on Sunday and needed this ๐Ÿ™‚ For those asking about equivalency of the packets…the packets have a lot of fillers (that’s why this is the clean version) if you notice, the actual spices only make up a couple tablespoons of the actual mix. Personally I love these flavors together, so as the author suggests I will adjust to my liking and use 3. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Deanna – My pleasure! Enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I can’t save this recipe to my ziplist. Can you help?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Peg – Are you logged in to Ziplist?

  21. Laurie Kramer says:

    I am glad you did this recipe. I only use onion mix for a dip and have not bought it due to the ingredients.
    However, how critical is the celery seed? I don’t have any and don’t know if it’s readily available here in my small town. Suggestions for a different spice?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laurie – I would make it and see how you like the flavor without it. If you feel it’s “missing something”, then it’s easily ordered on amazon.

  22. Pamela Baker says:

    Glad to find this recipe. The name brand is too salty for me, but I have used it to flavor a roast in the crock pot in the past. I think your recipe would be good on potato wedges with a little olive oil baked in the oven.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Pamela – It sure would be! Hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Is there a substitute for the turmeric. I have an allergy to it. It’s not like anaphylaxis but it can cause irritation.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Penny – You could maybe just try a little extra onion powder to replace the turmeric. Not sure though…

  24. Margaret J says:

    Thanks, I was looking for a recipe like this the other day when my hubby wanted some dip and I didn’t want to buy the mix because of the sodium.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Margaret – My pleasure! I hope you enjoy it.

  25. Will have to try this. Looks good! One of my fave delis makes a chicken salad and they put pineapple pieces (tiny) and nuts in theirs. It’s so good. Gotta figure out how to do that one too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kim – Sounds yummy!

  26. Jessica W says:

    I love this mix I have been using it for a lot of things! Do you also have a suggestion for a clean version of those ranch mix packets? Just wondering cause they could both make great dips for the upcoming superbowl! Plus I have a recipe for some crockpot ranch chicken but I want to make it clean… Please let me know!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica W – I have a recipe for ranch dressing, but not for a ranch mix. I’ll have to work on that.

  27. I love that I found this recipe! thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I use a packet for when I make roast, so how much of this should I use if I normally use 1 packet?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chelsey – About 1 tbps., but you may have to eyeball it a bit.

  28. How do you dry onion. I can’t buy it where I live?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elin – For this recipe, I recommend buying online if you can’t get it locally. Drying or dehydrating your own won’t be the same. But if you want to try it, I recommend chopping them and using a dehydrator.

  29. What an awesome find! I am so excited to see you posted this recipe; I sent you a question yesterday asking if there was a clean onion soup mix to use when recipes call for it.

    Do you also have a clean recipe or substitute to use when a recipe calls for for a can of cream soup (of mushroom, celery, chicken etc.)

    Thanks so much!
    Marjorie

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marjorie – yes, I have a cream of mushroom soup recipe that you can use with chicken or celery as well depending on what soup you need.

  30. loreen thifault says:

    Hi Gracious Pantry I was wondering how long you can use 4c onion soup mix after it empires. Note it has been left in a cool dry place. The date in package is 1/13/13. I opened it and it looks fine I just don’t know. Also can you give me some suggestions of onion soup mix other than 4c that has no Msg thank you so much for your help. I am cooking a roast today 4/14/14 and really need to know asap =) thank you have and have a great day.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Loreen – I’m lost. 4c?? What’s that? If a package is expired, I recommend throwing it out.

  31. I’ll definitely be trying this out! I make Pot Roast with Onion Soup mix! Just toss it on top with some water and let it cook at a low temp all day!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – Awesome! Let me know how it turns out!

  32. Question- what if we don’t have dry onion? Can we use fresh onion??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – No. You can certainly add fresh onion to whatever you are cooking, but you can’t put fresh onion in a jar with the dried herbs.

  33. We love Onion dip at our house, so now I have a new way of making it… Thank you so much!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Debi – My pleasure! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Getting the ingredients tonight…I can’t wait to make this mix and try the turkey burgers! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marilyn – Awesome!! Let me know how they turn out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a good onion soup recipe mix to add to my slow cooked roasts. This one works great – just as well as the Lipton packets!! I use 2 Tablespoons per roast, and omit the turmeric because it lends a yellow/orange color to the meat juices.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      B. King – Excellent!! So happy you’re enjoying it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. I love using the onion mushroom soup mix for my beef roast in the crockpot. Would this work with mushrooms added to the mix? dried or not?

  37. 5 stars
    This is far better than the packaged stuff as most are when homemade. You know what is in it! I used 1/4 cup dried onion and 1/4 cup roasted dry onions…Delish! Thank you for sharing! This will make a great Christmas present also with a few homemade mixes for those who love to cook and keep it healthy!

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