Home-Made Onion Soup Mix - Lower Sodium

Home-made Onion Soup Mix

Home-Made Onion Soup Mix - Lower Sodium

Lipton Onion Soup Mix. While the rest of the world might not be familiar with this product, I’m betting there’s very few in the US who didn’t grow up with it – and the old familiar recipes.

Home-Made Onion Soup Mix - Lower Sodium
Home-Made Onion Soup Mix – Lower Sodium

For me, it was Mom’s Pot Roast and the occasional treat of Lipton’s French Onion DIp.  And I nearly forgot I have an old classic here on the blog already, for BBQ Pork or Brisket.

I didn’t want to shell out the big bucks for the Lipton’s, though, when I was sure I could make it at home for much less – and knew I had just about everything in the pantry to make it.

I remembered an old blogger friend, Quinn, of Dad What’s 4 Dinner had posted a recipe awhile back. I love his blog, love his enthusiasm and his great recipes. You will, too! And check out his Cooking with Ella features; Ella is Quinn’s youngest daughter and they have a blast in the kitchen.

I chose a low sodium version for my mix, but there are less expensive broths available.
I chose a low sodium version for my mix, but there are less expensive broths available.

I played around with Quinn’s recipe a bit more – I wanted my own lower sodium “signature blend” of herbs and spices I could use at the folk’s house so I started off with Herb Ox Sodium Free Bouillon. If you’re more budget minded, there are other beef bouillons that will work well, too, and if you’re health conscious, there are organic ones.

Strength might vary by brand, so you might want to play around with the amount of bullion if you use something else.

I think you’ll like both recipes, Quinn’s Classic Onion Soup Mix, or mine, below. If you try them, be sure to let us know – we bloggers thrive on that kind of feedback!

Home-Made Onion Soup Mix - Lower Sodium
Home-made Onion Soup Mix

Home-made Onion Soup Mix

  • Servings: equivalent of 2 packets
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup dried onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container. This makes the equivalent of 2 packets of Lipton’s Onion Soup. Use 1/2 (about 1/4 cup) per recipe.

May be multiplied for a larger quantity; just be sure to remix before using as settling will occur.


I’ll be bringing this dip over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #157, cohosted this week by Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower and Su @ Su’s Healthy Living. Thanks, ladies, for making this link party possible!

28 thoughts on “Home-made Onion Soup Mix”

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    1. Hi Sumith – I don’t think there’s a big call for Lipton’s Soup Mix in the kind of cooking you do, lol, but it’s something a lot of us in the Midwest (I grew up in Iowa) have had since childhood. It’s usually not used to make soup, but to put in other recipes to give them a “boost” of flavor w/o a lot of chopping of onions, etc. Kind of a short cut! 🙂

  2. I had no idea they made sodium free bouillon now! I always shied away from bouillon due to the amount of salt in it. Of course I grew up with Lipton Soup mix, mixed with sour cream and served with none other than Ruffles!

    1. Me too! I’m not absolutely thrilled with all the OTHER ingredients, but hey, It’s a really nice thing to have around in a pinch. And you’ll love the next recipe then, haha. Try it with Lays, it’s even better. 🙂

  3. “Lipton” caught me off guard thinking you used Lipton tea in your onion soup! Heheheh!

    By the way, can I invite you to a Recipe Showdown Challenge/Game of using a chosen ingredient? The winner will receive a small gift and will take over the hosting for the month before passing on to the next winner. If you are interested, let me know and I’ll share the link with you! 🙂

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