Seasoning Essentials: Onion Soup Cooking Base

Andy Anderson !


Lipton onion soup dry mix is used as a base for many a recipe, so I thought I would come up with a version of my own. I have left out two of the ingredients in most copycat recipes, and added two others.

The removal of the salt, and sugar gives the base a bit of flexibility; especially in recipes that are already sweet, or salty.

And the addition of the cumin, and paprika give it “earthy” flavor-notes that work well in soups, stews and casseroles.

Oh, one more thing, I removed the beef bouillon, and lightened it up with chicken bouillon.

So, you ready… Let's get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 1/2 c
    dehydrated chopped onions
  • 2 Tbsp
    powdered chicken bouillon
  • 2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    celery seed, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp
    sweet paprika

How to Make Seasoning Essentials: Onion Soup Cooking Base


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Add all the ingredients to a medium-size bowl.
  4. Whisk until combined.
  5. Add to a glass jar with a tightly-fitting lid.
  6. Chef’s Note: If the recipe calls for 1 packet of Lipton soup mix, use 4 tablespoons of this mix.
  8. I did not intend this recipe to be something that you make onion soup out of; I intended it to be something you use in a recipe, when that recipe calls for Lipton soup mix.

    So, use it in soups, stews, casseroles… you get the idea. Enjoy.
  9. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Seasoning Essentials: Onion Soup Cooking Base

Course/Dish: Seasoning Mixes
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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