Mix-A-Meal Cookbook: Homemade Onion Soup Mix
Onion Soup Mix for people who want to pronounce what they’re eating
If you try to use whole ingredients, there are a few cheats –one is “do ahead” recipes that allow for the convenience of store-bought products but without the high yuck factor or price tag.
One of my favorite homemade “convenience foods” is a recipe that I snagged from the Mix-A-Meal Cookbook by Deanna Bean and Lorna Shute. But before I get into this recipe, I want to first highlight the nastiness of the store-bought stuff.
That ingredients list came from a box of the Lipton onion soup mix. Poison in a box. Whether Lipton’s version of onion soup is worse than others I do not know, but store bought onion soup mix is poison. How many of these ingredients can be grown in a garden?
The convenience of onion soup mix (beyond the soup itself) is high, and there is a layer of complexity and flavor that even my onion-hating children enjoy. My adaptations make this a vegetarian onion soup & dip mix
Here are a few suggestions:
Potato chip and vegetable dip
Mix with bread crumbs to coat meats
Mix with melted butter for your baked potato
Mix with melted butter for a light pasta sauce for pasta (especially with some garden-fresh tomatoes tossed in and some grated Parmesan sprinkled on top).
So many of the Mix-A-Meal recipes call for dehydrated ingredients that we readily have available at home, thanks to the Excalibur (which saves serious cash)! Oh, and I must mention that most of the recipes in the Mix-A-Meal book make excellent gifts, this one included. I never do a single jar at a time; I like to keep my pantry well-stocked.
I have adapted the Mix-A-Meal recipe slightly below, but you can find this basic recipe on page 34 of the book:
Onion Soup Mix
2/3 cup dehydrated chopped onions
1/2 cup Frontier Vegetarian Beef Broth (any powdered beef broth will do, but source this well!)
1/2 cup Frontier Butter Powder
2 Tbsp Frontier Potato Starch (recipe originally called for cornstarch)
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp parsley flakes (optional)
Mix well and store in a 1 quart jar. You can use this onion soup mix in a wide variety of recipes!
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