I love using soup mixes in my recipes, but I don't love all the added yuck! In my family of 5, 3 of us have special dietary needs. No, they aren't all the same. So, if I truly make something that we can all enjoy, boxed, canned, pre-made foods are definitely not the place to go. Not to mention that once you get used to cooking a certain way, the canned/boxed/pre-made stuff just doesn't seem as appetizing. You can see the difference in this post where I compare pictures of canned vs homemade soup mix. Wow! Just look at the difference! Now, tell me which one you would choose.
That's why I was super excited to find a way to make my own. Here's the recipe I currently use. Eventually, I plan to find a fully dairy free version to better suit my family's needs.
Since we are mostly dairy free, when I mix this up I use almond milk. Even though there is powdered milk in this recipe, it seems to be mild enough that we can still tolerate it.
DIY Soup Mix
- 2 cup powdered milk
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 Tbs chicken bouillon (see notes)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp parsley
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
Measure ingredients and place in glass container.
Shake well to combine.
Store in cool dark place in airtight container.
To use: Mix equal parts of soup mix and preferred liquid (almond milk, water). Heat over medium heat in saucepan, whisking continually. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
To use as a thickener, combine 1/3 mix with 1/4 liquid and add to desired recipe.
Find the recipe I use for bouillon here.
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