The meatloaf recipe that I make calls for a package of onion soup mix. That’s not unusual for a meatloaf recipe or many other recipes. Instead of using a package of onion soup mix, I’ve been substituting this mixture of beef bouillon and spices.


Not only do I know exactly what’s going into my meatloaf, I also don’t spend money on onion soup mix. I usually have all the ingredients on hand.




  • 1/3 cup dried onion flakes
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules or 2 tablespoons Organic Better than Beef Bouillon
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric



Thoroughly mix all ingredients together and use in place of one packet of dry onion soup mix.


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Substitute for onion soup mix
When a recipe calls for onion soup mix, substitute these ingredients instead. You'll save money, and you'll know exactly what ingredients you're using.