Instant French Onion Soup for < $0.25

Introduction: Instant French Onion Soup for < $0.25

Just add hot water to this recipe to make delicious onion soup for less than the cost of ramen noodles!
A hot, low calorie soup makes a perfect lunch on the go!

Step 1: Making Some Soup!

Toss a couple bullion cubes into your large travel mug (I used the one I brought my coffee in), add some dried minced onions, and fill with water. Make sure you either use hot (nearly boiling) water, or use a microwaveable cup, and microwave the whole mix until it's hot.

Step 2: Spice It Up Like a Cheap Bastard!

A couple of packets of ketchup, hot sauce, salt or pepper will liven this soup right up ... if you feel the need.

Step 3: Check Out Those Calories!

5 calories per cube?!!!! The same goes for those packs of ketchup and onions and whatnot. You'd have to add a hamburger or something to get this soup over 50 calories.

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    27 Comments

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    Traci1224
    Traci1224

    8 years ago on Step 3

    reminds me of the "That Girl" episode in the 1960 where she went to the automat and made ketchup soup for free. gotta be old to remember but fond memries indeed.

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    kirnex
    kirnex

    14 years ago on Introduction

    Actually a great idea.

    There's a recipe on allrecipes.com for slow-cooker pulled beef or roast (think au jus) where it calls for french onion soup (I guess that, technically makes it other than au jus, but anyway...) Unfortunately if you have an allergy to gluten (i.e. wheat, barley, rye) it's hard to find canned french-onion soup without a thickener that's wheat-based (i.e. "modified food starch"). This will do the trick, and for that I thank you! :-)

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    0jack
    0jack

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I believe that the classic Lipton's is gluten-free (I use it and I'm not dead yet!), but it is not thickened. It's just a packet of dry. If you need to, you can blend in some tapioca or corn starch.

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    kirnex
    kirnex

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, Wicken. I'll have to check that out.

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    Appollo64
    Appollo64

    9 years ago on Step 3

    That's 10 calories for the cubes, but also 76% of your daily sodium intake

    a great way to add calories to onion soup is to add a slice of bread with melted cheese on it. It also makes it taste so much better!

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    0jack
    0jack

    10 years ago on Introduction

    The dried onion is a good idea! At bulk stores around here, you can often buy inexpensive dried veggies, and instant soups, for very cheap. I used to do DIY instant soups all the time. One of my favourite things to do was to throw dried veg and stock into a thermos, add noodles and boiling water, cap and carry to school. Hot, cheap soup on a cold day is win. A tablespoon of couscous or bulgur is also a nice addition.

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    freakinslop
    freakinslop

    13 years ago on Introduction

    okay, but it seems that it would be way too salty, dried onions are always too salty

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    taraist
    taraist

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    They should just be dried onion, no salt. You could of course always dry your own, to be even cheeper, and grow your own to be even cheeper still! Now all I need is an instructable for making bullion cubes. Pref. vegetarian... I also use "chikin" flavored. Add some other dried veggies and mabey dried parsley and paprika! Yum!

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    grant19930
    grant19930

    14 years ago on Introduction

    It like to say that at HEB or Walgreens where i live, ramen costs 15 cents. And it tastes a hell of a lot better.

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    WesDoesStuff
    WesDoesStuff

    14 years ago

    does it actualy taste good though?

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    Crash2108
    Crash2108

    Reply 14 years ago

    No.

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    pir8p3t3
    pir8p3t3

    Reply 14 years ago

    I enjoyed it for lunch today. Some may disagree, but I think it's tasty.

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    thingygoboom
    thingygoboom

    Reply 14 years ago on Introduction

    It is tasty for people who normally like french union soup and who arent really insane

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    zer0vector
    zer0vector

    14 years ago

    I've made this for a quick snack at work. I used the low sodium bouillon granules instead of cubes to cut down on the salt content. Tasted pretty good.

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    pir8p3t3
    pir8p3t3

    Reply 14 years ago

    After trying the low sodium bullion, I have to suggest it!

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    Aeshir
    Aeshir

    Reply 14 years ago

    Sodium or sodium chloride??