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Just Like Lipton's Onion Soup Mix (Gluten-free)

There's been some confusion as to whether Lipton's Onion Soup mix contains gluten. Officially, Lipton's lists the ingredients as: Onions (deyhydrated), salt, cornstarch, onion powder, sugar, corn syrup, hydrolyzed soy protein, caramel color, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, yeast extract, natural flavors (wheat), disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate.

Image: Patty Gardner, Homemakersdaily.comAlso, some folks point out that the kosher version lists yeast extract from barley as an ingredient.

Others point out, as does the website for Unilver, which makes Lipton products, that Lipton Onion Soup mix is "made in a facility that also processes milk, eggs, soy, wheat, sesame and sulfites."

To be on the safe side, I usually make my own mix and store it for later use. Here's a great recipe for a tasty gluten-free onion soup mix that tastes very much like Lipton's, and works great as a substitute in other recipes. It goes great in meatloaf, stew, and works well to make dip.

Ingredients:
1½ cups dried minced onion
⅔ cup beef bouillon powder (gluten-free)
2½ tablespoons onion powder
½ teaspoon crushed celery seed
½ teaspoon sugar

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. About 5 tablespoons equals a single 1¼-ounce package of Lipton's mix.

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Sharon
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17 Dec 2012 10:22:40 AM PST
I see many questionable items in the Lipton's ingredients. MSG, caramel coloring, natural flavors - all can contain gluten. Lets face it, some of the other ingredients are not all that healthy for you, corn syrup to name one.

 
Susan

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07 Aug 2015 3:53:26 PM PST
"Natural flavors" now do me in every time! I avoid them like the plague!

 
TOM
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16 Dec 2015 4:33:10 AM PST
Ditto!

 
sherri
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17 Dec 2012 11:30:40 AM PST
I've never seen gluten-free beef bouillon powder.

 
Jami
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15 Jan 2013 4:12:07 PM PST
Try Herb OX brand. It's gluten-free.

 
Lynn
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07 May 2015 1:12:53 PM PST
Your recipe is a life saver it allows my daughter to enjoy all the foods at our family celebrations! Thank you so much.

 
Ellen
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15 Jan 2016 10:42:58 AM PST
I am trying to find the gluten free beef bouillon powder in bulk as tiny packets won't give me the amount needed for this recipe. Has anyone found a source for this product?
Thank you very much.

 
Barb
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17 Dec 2012 3:23:24 PM PST
It is not gluten-free as it has corn in it. All grains have a type of gluten in them and make me very ill. The definition of gluten is incorrect. That is a seed protection from being eaten.

 
gryphon
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18 Dec 2012 11:42:32 AM PST
Most people with celiac disease do not react to corn. It's a different kind of gluten.

 
DebL
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17 Dec 2012 6:29:04 PM PST
I haven't tried this yet, but I've been looking for a substitute since I have a few recipes that call for Lipton's Onion Soup Mix. The packages (both kosher and regular) say there is wheat in it, so I am very grateful that you posted this recipe.

 
Lynda
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18 Dec 2012 9:07:27 AM PST
Thank you!

 
Mary Ellen
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18 Dec 2012 11:25:05 AM PST
Very happy with this info.

 
Becky
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18 Dec 2012 3:45:42 PM PST
Giant Eagle onion soup mix is gluten-free. Not quite as hearty as Lipton, but serves the purpose.... Also Herb OX bouillon is gluten-free.

 
Lisa
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28 Jan 2013 12:51:31 PM PST
Thanks for the recipe. I actually have a family recipe for cranberry chicken that called for this. Ocean Spray whole cranberries are gluten-free in that to less than 20 parts per million cross contamination which is very minimal indeed. So you take the above homemade Lipton soup recipe, combine with one can of whole cranberries, one 8 oz. jar of french dressing, mix together and cover chicken in a baking pan. You can use a whole chicken cut up or if you're on a budget use legs and thighs equal to about a whole chicken. Cook at 350 degrees until chicken is cooked through about 3/4 hour to an hour for an equivalent of one whole chicken. half way through be sure to take it out and baste the chicken with the sauce.

 
Melissa
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07 Jan 2016 8:24:24 AM PST
I am going to try this! Thanks!

 
Nancy
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15 Apr 2013 5:09:43 PM PST
Orrington Farms Beef & Chicken flavored broth base are gluten-free.

 
Kat
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30 Oct 2013 10:02:59 AM PST
I use Orrington Farms Beef & Chicken flavored broth base and also I bought their new gravy one. Haven't tried the gravy but happy with the broth base. I will try this Onion Soup mix...thank you. I was thinking I would have to go without on some recipes.

 
Angelee
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08 Dec 2013 12:54:27 PM PST
This was a welcomed find. As a celiac, it's always good to find something that tastes as good as what I use to eat before my diagnosis. I will be making this mix for the holidays. Thank you!

 
Donna Matthews
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09 Feb 2014 4:36:38 AM PST
Thanks for recipe.

 
Amber
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02 Aug 2014 10:11:55 AM PST
Thanks for the recipe and info!

Does anyone know roughly how long this mix can be kept once it's made?

 
Kim
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14 Sep 2014 11:19:18 AM PST
I think if kept sealed in Ziploc type bag, as all the ingredients are dry a couple months. I have family with celiac so I made 1/2 a batch to use in crock pot for a pork roast today I will date and place in fridge.

 
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23 Apr 2015 5:04:23 AM PST
Dry spices themselves are typically shelf stable for up to three years. In this case, I would check the expiration date of each ingredient and use the closets expiration date. Keep in mind that storing in a glass jar will keep the ingredients fresher than a plastic bag.

 
Ashley
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21 Sep 2014 2:16:01 PM PST
Thanks for posting this alternative! We use it in our slow cooker roast. Ive printed it and added it to my son's GF binder. I've started our own Gluten-free 3 ring binder to keep our favorites GF replacements in. He's only 5 , but one day it will be given to his wife.

 
Lois
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09 Jan 2015 6:56:10 PM PST
Fantastic idea. I will be starting one tomorrow.

 
Illume
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10 Nov 2014 5:25:28 PM PST
Does anyone know if Goodman's Kosher for Passover Onion Soup Mix is gluten free? The ingredient list is:
Onions, Salt, Sugar, Potato Starch, Monosodium Glutamate, Vegetable Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil), Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Caramel Color, Paprika, Garlic, Pepper
I am learning to cook gluten free on occasion for friends, so do not know if any of those ingredients raise red flags.

 
Stacey
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20 Dec 2014 7:37:37 PM PST
If it is certified Kosher for Passover, it shouldn't have *any* grains in it, so should be gluten free. That's why Kosher for Passover Coke is so popular - it has real sugar in it instead of HFCS.

 
Gluten Free Soup Mix
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11 Nov 2014 8:26:19 PM PST
I JUST discovered your site, and I’m already addicted. I love gluten free product. Thanks for sharing recipe and I can’t wait to try out this recipe!

 
Mac
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29 Dec 2014 4:38:21 PM PST
I have been using Goodman's since I was diagnosed with celiac. Both the Kosher for Passover and non-Passover are gluten free and make great dip. Lipton's kosher lists wheat as an ingredient.

 
Patty
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30 Dec 2014 6:53:04 PM PST
This recipe had wonderful reviews in my house!

 
Lynn
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07 May 2015 3:17:18 PM PST
I love you! You have saved our holiday!

 
Dorie
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09 Jul 2015 8:03:27 AM PST
I am cooking something for a friend with celiac and was going to use Lipton's until she warned me that it's no longer safe. I had in my house a box of Stop & Shop onion soup mix. I called their 800 number and they assured me that it is gluten free. I suggested that they include this information on their packaging.

 
Diana Alford
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19 Aug 2015 11:10:22 PM PST
Lipton Onion Soup now contains soy sauce made with wheat. I had diarrhea and restless leg syndrome for several days before I figured out why. My fault for not reading the ingredients every single time I buy food ingredients for myself! The package was clearly labeled - I just failed to look!

 
admin
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20 Aug 2015 1:24:04 PM PST
This is why we posted this gluten-free version!

 
Denise
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10 Oct 2015 11:46:20 AM PST
Thank you!! With fall here and starting to eat those "comfort foods", this will come in very handy for a lot of my cooking.

 
Melissa
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07 Jan 2016 8:22:48 AM PST
I love this adaptation. I used 1/2 Tbsp. of Lawry's Season Salt instead of the bouillon. I used this to make gluten free onion dip. It was delicious and everyone asked for the recipe and they were not gluten-free people. (I have Celiac) Thank you so much for sharing this!

 
Teresa
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21 Mar 2016 8:54:15 AM PST
Can anyone provide a single serving recipe? I only have Herb OX cubed bullion and only need this mix for one recipe (i.e. no need to store extra). Thank you!

 
Robert
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30 Nov 2016 3:13:33 PM PST
Thank you so much for this! I live about a hour from major cities, so finding gluten free foods is a pain. Being able to make this at home in bulk with ingredients I can find is amazing! rnrnAs a suggestion, I've found putting all the ingredients in my nutra-bullet (put 1/2 the dried minced onion in, save the other half for after) and pulsing it a couple times helps incorporate the ingredients smoothly. Pulse, then add the remaining dried onion. rnrnThanks again!




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