This blog is updated in 2020
These dried vegetable soup recipes are homemade, healthier, more delicious substitutes to cup-a-soup packets from the store. I created these organic dried vegetable soup mix as a follow up to the posts about 6 Instant Meals-On-The-Go and A Week of Lightweight Nutritious Backpacking Food. These light, portable, easy, and convenient dry soup mix recipes are originated to help my husband (aka King-Man) eat well during frequent backpacking trips by taking dry soup mix just add water to them. Hot soups are the key to help hikers stay hydrated and refill some needed calories after a day on the trail, King-man drink dehydrated soup on his hikes before he eats his main meal. He recently returned from hiking the John Muir Trail, and these soups got rave reviews from him and his hiking buddy, Nick. So, they’re trail tested in advance for you!
Here’s how the dry soup mixes look when they’re bagged up. Keep reading this dried vegetable soup recipe for lots of tips about supplies, storage, and use.
Here’s how they look after boiling water is added:
Lots of uses! Backpackers and campers love using dehydrated vegetables in soup, but soup mixes in a bag are also excellent for a quick on-the-go meal for travel, the office, or dorm rooms. All you need is just a microwave or another way to boil water. You can also store dehydrator recipe soup at home or in the car in case of any emergencies.
Nutritious ingredients. The soup mix recipes vegetable is still as healthy as fresh ingredients, these are healthy and green as dry soup mix bulk. My recipes are so much better for you than the cup-a-soup packets that you’ll find at the store; those are with high sodium and mystery dry soup mix ingredients. I have searched for and tested numerous products to find those with the best nutrition and flavor.
Here’s a link to detailed nutritional information for the organic dried vegetable soup mix:
Calorie & Nutrition Information for each of 8 soup mixes
Where to get dry ingredients. I’ll explain all of the dry soup mix ingredients I use in the 8 instant soup recipes. They are all available on Amazon, but also available at my local grocery store, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.
Light, portable, and long shelf life. All of the dry soup mix ingredients in these recipes are dried so they have at least 1-2 months shelf life, and they are light and convenient to carry along with you. Each bagged soup mix weighs 2 to 4 oz.
Vegetarian? No problem. Most of these dry soup mix recipes can be easily modified by removing meat and making alternatives. I suggest some organic dried vegetable soup mix in the tips below.
This is lengthy! This post is loaded with lots of tips and recommendations for combining your own dehydrated soups. Freeze-dried ingredients aren’t frequently used in everyday kitchens, so I thought a detailed explanation was needed in order to assemble these soups in a way that they will have an extended shelf life. So, bear with me. This post is a long one!
Photo step-by-step tutorial for making 8 DIY Dry Vegetable Soup Mix
First I’ll explain the range of dry soup mix ingredients followed by what is included in each of the separate 8 recipes. They all use the exact same prep and cooking process. All of the soup mixes in a bag rehydrate quickly (9-10 minutes) when immersed in boiling water.
All but 3 of the 8 instant meals use either rice, whole-wheat couscous, or noodles. These can be changed to any of the recipes if you prefer one over the other.
Use these quantities interchangeably in the soup recipes:
1/2 cup noodles, or 1/4 cup rice, or 2 tablespoons couscous
The dry soup mix bulk is easy to make and taste good. However, the couscous and noodles are the fastest to rehydrate when mixed with boiling water. The rice will be a bit chewy if you want to have it immediately–it requires more soak time to soften.
- Minute (Instant) Rice–although the brown rice is more healthy, it takes two times longer to soften as white rice. So, if you’re making these soups to rehydrate by letting them soak in boiling water, I suggest you using the White Minute rice. If you have access to a microwave, you can cook soups with the Brown Minute rice a little longer until the rice softens.
- Whole wheat couscous–it rehydrates quicker than either of the rice. This is the best option for backpackers who need something to be ready fast.
- Noodles. Some of the dry soup mix recipes have some form of noodles. There are numerous options that work well. Check package instructions and look for noodles that normally cook in 4 minutes or less on a stove (like the ones pictured below); longer cooking pasta won’t soften immediately enough when soaking in boiling water. I used the quick 3 1/2 minute rotini pasta for the Minestrone Instant Soup Mix because it has an authentic shape and it rehydrates quickly. My favorite of all of the noodles is the Millet and Brown Rice Ramen; it rehydrates quickly and is really delicious and healthy. I use kitchen scissors to cut the long noodles into smaller pieces for easier eating. I found these healthy ramen noodles at Costco, and also available on Amazon.
- Caution about noodles for backpackers: If you’re taking these instant meals on the trail and plan on cooking them in their plastic bag, avoid thin “sharp” pasta that may poke through the bag and make holes. Otherwise, rehydrate your dehydrated soup in a pan or bowl.
- Vogue Cuisine Chicken or Beef Base is added to all 8 recipes. I did the shopping and wandering around to find a flavor booster similar to broth but without chemicals, mystical ingredients, and excessive sodium. The Vogue Cuisine brand uses genuine, natural, gluten-free ingredients and it takes a lot of effort to improve the flavor of the 8 instant soup recipes. I highly recommend it. VegeBase is a tasty flavor enhancer if you prefer to make an organic dried vegetable soup mix.
- Dried spices. These are the dried herbs and flavor I used in my 8 instant soups. I’m a fan of Penzey’s, but any dry spices you have on hand will do.
Extra delicious dried ingredients that improve flavor in the instant soups:
- Dried Parmesan cheese (not freshly grated) — I move away from this dried, canned cheese for home cooking, but fresh cheese can expire quickly and isn’t recommended for these instant dried soups. Look for a good quality canned cheese to add flavor to the potato soup. I like the Mama Francesca brand, but there are other good ones out there.
- Cheddar cheese powder. This is a main character in the broccoli cheddar soup, and it tastes amazing.
- Dried tomato powder. Used in both the minestrone and tomato basil soups.
- Dehydrated soy sauce powder. I have discovered this key ingredient in dried form for creating Asian instant soups like the pea/scallion/ginger ramen soup and the Thai coconut milk soup.
- Powdered lime juice. This adds a feeling of lime flavor to the Thai coconut milk soup. I’ve been using the leftover packets to naturally flavor glasses of water.
- Powdered milk, buttermilk, and coconut milk — These can add creaminess along with protein and calcium to the instant dehydrated soup. You can choose between nonfat or whole milk powder, buttermilk powder to add some creaminess, or coconut milk powder for Thai flavored creaminess. You are likely to find regular nonfat powdered milk and buttermilk at the local grocery store, but you may need to go to Whole Foods or Amazon for organic versions, whole milk powder, and coconut milk powder.
- Freeze-dried veggies (Karen’s Naturals brand) rehydrate instantly in boiling water and taste amazingly fresh. They have no additives–100% natural and pure. They’re also available at the local grocery stores, Whole Foods, and on Amazon. (These also make a tasty, healthy snack without rehydrating them–I snack on the crunchy mixed veggies straight out of the bag.) I used the mixed vegetables, peas, and tomato bits in these instant soup recipes; they’re the simplest way I could find to add a range of vegetables & nutrients to the 8 different instant meals.
- Freeze-dried veggies (Mother Earth brand) are available on Amazon and there are lots of varieties. I used their freeze-dried mushrooms and broccoli in these soup recipes.
- Freeze-dried herbs (Litehouse brand) rehydrate instantly and have great flavor. I found these at my local grocery store, and they’re also available on Amazon. Their spring onions (scallions) and chives chopped were used in my dried vegetable soup recipe.
- Freeze-dried chicken or beef. (If you’re vegetarian, of course, you can ignore the meat.) I added freeze-dried chicken to one of the instant soup recipes–Chicken Noodle Soup. However, chicken or beef can be added to any of the soup recipes if you want to make it stronger and refill with the protein. I buy a big can of freeze-dried chicken, but this is only affordable if you’re making up a lot of instant soups or meals. The chicken is surprisingly good once it’s rehydrated with boiling water, and it has all of the nutrition of fresh meat. I bought my can of chicken on Amazon. (7 of the 8 instant soup recipes don’t include meat; so if this chicken is too expensive for you, skip adding meat altogether.)
IMPORTANT TO KNOW ABOUT SHELF LIFE OF FREEZE-DRIED MEAT: These cans of freeze-dried meat are supposed to store for many years (the can packaging says 25 years); however they only last that long if they’re unopened. Once the can is opened and exposed to air and moisture, it begins to decay and form bacteria. The meat should be rehydrated and eaten within one or two weeks. To extend its storage life, you can store any leftover freeze-dried meat in the freezer for future use. If you have a Foodsaver, vacuum sealing will extend the freezer shelf life for up to 1 year. I divide the unused freeze-dried chicken into 1-2 cup portions before vacuum sealing it for future use.
View on Amazon: Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer
- Instant potato flakes are used in the Creamy Potato Instant Soup. You can find the boxed brands at your local grocery store. Amazon has an organic option.
- Real bacon bits. These are an optional choice to the Potato Instant Soup, but they add delightful flavor if you’re a bacon lover. If you add these to the bag of instant soup mix, it should be eaten within a week. Any other way, you can keep the unopened bacon bits separate from the soup mix and add in the bacon when you cook the organic dried vegetable soup mix.
- Individual packets that boost flavor. These can be mixed into any of the instant soups after they are cooked to add flavor or spice. The olive oil packets added the benefits of healthy fat for backpackers needing to bump up their calorie intake.
HOW TO MAKE THE 8 INSTANT DRY SOUP MIXES:
- Decide if how you want to store the dry soup mix bulk. Ziploc plastic bags are an extraordinary choice for backpackers with high portability. However, you can use any other container that holds at least 1 cup. Half-pint mason jars are suited for storing the mixes at home.
- If using plastic bags, it’s more liable to label them before adding the dry soup mix. I used freezer (not storage) Ziploc bags because they are a thicker plastic and less likely to break. (They are BPA-free.) If you want to add boiling water to the soup in the same plastic bag, use quart-size Ziploc freezer bags. If you’ll transfer the dry soup mix to a bowl, mug, or pot before adding the boiling water, a pint-size Ziploc is big enough. Label each bag with the type of soup, the amount of adding boiling water, and the time needed to let the soup soak before eating.
- I have 2 Baggy Racks that hold my bags open as I fill them. It’s like having extra sets of hands.
View on Amazon: Baggy Rack
Here’s how the mixes look in bags and jars. Both ways store tersely.
- Oxygen Absorbers can extend the shelf life of dehydrated soup mixes. I add them to King-Man’s soup mix bags just to make sure that his food will stay fresh and safe on the journey. You may have seen these in dry products you have purchased in the past.
View on Amazon: oxygen absorbers
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“COOKING” THE INSTANT SOUPS
Method 1: Inside the plastic bag. If you use quart freezer bags, they are bulky and large enough to pour the boiling water directly into the bag. (Ziplocs are BPA-free.) Stir and seal the bag, and let it rest for 9 or 10 minutes. I recommend putting the bag on a plate or bowl to give it a strong base (and also as a safeguard in case your bag springs a leak). Open, stir, and eat. Easy!
Method 2: In a covered bowl. The main benefit of eating directly from the bag is that you don’t have to clean-up afterward. However, it’s much easier to eat soup from a bowl or mug. Pictured below is one we found that is an insulated nesting bowl, mug, and lid. It is lightweight and specifically for backpacking. Those features help keep the soup warm during cold weather while the ingredients soaked in the hot water.
View on Amazon: insulated nesting bowl and mug
Method 3. In microwave-safe soup mugs. These are not applicable for the trail but are good options if you make these instant soups at the office, a dorm, or a hotel room. You can add the instant ingredients to the bowls along with the water and microwave them until they are boiled and covered, and let them rest until the ingredients have all softened. Or, boil the water separately and pour it into the bowl with the instant ingredients; stir and let rest for 9 or 10 minutes. I have used both of the soup bowls linked below; both are amazing.
Photos, ingredients, and printable recipe links for the 8 instant soups:
The weight and calories of each recipe are included which the backpackers like to know. Each recipe makes 2 cups of prepared soup–1 to 2 servings.
1. Minestrone Vegetable Instant Soup Mix
- Ingredients: quick-cooking rotini, freeze-dried mixed veggies, Italian herb seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, chicken base powder, tomato powder, salt, pepper
- Weight of full recipe in the bag: 2-3/8 oz.
- Calories per 1-cup serving: 126
2. Creamy Potato, Chive, Bacon Instant Soup Mix
- Ingredients: instant potato flakes, corn starch, freeze-dried chives, dried grated Parmesan cheese, instant dried buttermilk powder, garlic powder, onion powder, chicken base powder, real bacon bits (optional), salt, pepper
- Weight of full recipe in the bag: 3-5/8 oz.
- Calories per 1-cup serving: 205
3. Pea, Scallion, Ginger Ramen Instant Dry Soup Mix
- Ingredients: ramen noodles, freeze-dried peas & scallions (spring onions), ginger powder, garlic powder, chicken base powder, soy sauce powder, pepper
- Weight of full recipe in the bag: 2-3/8 oz.
- Calories per 1-cup serving: 73
4. Broccoli Cheddar Instant Soup Mix
- Ingredients: freeze-dried broccoli, corn starch, dried cheddar cheese powder, instant dried buttermilk powder, garlic powder, onion powder, chicken base powder, pepper
- Weight of full recipe in the bag: 4 oz.
- Calories per 1-cup serving: 173
5. Chicken Noodle Instant Dry Soup Mix
- Ingredients: noodles, freeze-dried peas & scallions (spring onions), onion powder, garlic powder, chicken base powder, freeze-dried chicken, salt, pepper
- Weight of full recipe in the bag: 3-3/8 oz.
- Calories per 1-cup serving: 125
6. Creamy Tomato Basil Instant Soup Mix
- Ingredients: tomato powder, instant dried milk powder, garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, chicken base powder, pepper
- Weight of full recipe in the bag: 3.5 oz.
- Calories per 1-cup serving: 108
7. Mushroom, Beef Broth, Cous Cous Instant Dry Soup Mix
- Ingredients: couscous, freeze-dried mushrooms & scallions (spring onions), onion powder, garlic powder, beef and onion base powders, salt, pepper
- Weight of full recipe in the bag: 1-3/4 oz.
- Calories per 1-cup serving: 80
8. Thai Coconut Milk with Rice Instant Dry Soup Mix
- Ingredients: Minute rice, freeze-dried peas, mushrooms & scallions (spring onions), soy sauce powder, garlic powder, ginger powder, chicken base powder, corn starch, dried coconut milk powder, dried lime juice powder, salt, pepper
- Weight of full recipe in the bag: 14-1/8 oz.
- Calories per 1-cup serving: 367
Modifications. Feel free to make any modifications and alternatives to the ingredients in all 8 of these instant soups. Change to any of the veggies or seasonings for others that you prefer, add meat, make them vegetarian or gluten-free. Be creative and make your exclusive recipe.
Make your Yummy Dehydrated Soup!
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