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Feb 25, 2012 09:10 AM

Pot Roast without using pre-packaged Lipton Soup

I'm looking for a recipe for pot roast that will taste like the one using Lipton's Onion Soup Mix but without using the mix. I'm trying to avoid the MSG and preserves that are in that mix.

I don't want to used canned soup either.


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  1. Well, I haven't got an exact recipe, and of course your roast won't taste EXACTLY the same because of the loss of MSG. No big deal though, you can still get a rich deep flavor using dehydrated onion and a bit of salt. If you have bones to roast with some veg to make stock, that's the best thing, better than canned soup. If you haven't got stock or the doings for it to hand, you'll have to resort to beer, water, tomato sauce, wine or canned stock. At any rate, season your roast well with whatever you use, (but definitely the dehydrated onion, NOT onion salt) and lay it in a double thickness of tinfoil over a bed of veg: carrots, onions, potatoes, parsnips, rutabagas......whatever you like. Pour the equivalent of 10 ozs. of whatever liquid you're using over it and seal it up well. Lay it in a roasting pan and put it in a 350 oven for 3 hours or a 250 oven for 9 hours. Enjoy.

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    1. re: mamachef

      Plain dehydrated onions is definitely the answer! Plus some good quality beef base, there are ones that don't have MSG.

      1. re: coll

        Yep, I concur. Dehydrated onion is something I add, even when I have fresh onion on hand.

        1. re: coll

          Coll, do you happen to know if Better then Bouillion contains MSG? I use it, but I'm out right now. I LOVE that stuff, whether it contains msg or no. (I don't have a problem with MSG, considering it occurs naturally in food anyhoo.)

            1. re: wyogal

              If you look at their FAQ it says they don't use MSG in their products. I think they added the verbiage to the veg, organic and reduced sodium because of the target audience who would be interested in MSG content.

              1. re: scubadoo97

                That's why I added the link, for those that want to read further. Personally, I don't care one way or the other.

            2. re: mamachef

              No I don't, that's probably the only brand I've never used. I know Minor and Custom Culinary have lines are free of MSG. Those are the brands I use the most, although MSG doesn't bother me either so I'm not particular.

            3. re: coll

              The onions in the Lipton soup mix are toasted are they not? You would have to replace with toasted onion flakes or lots of browned onion.

          1. Well, it's not the same as the onion soup, but my favorite pot roast (from the cook at a long-gone diner outside Boston) is to season and brown a chuck roast well, plop in a pan, cover the top with thinly sliced onions, pour V8 juice (the original version) in to about half-way up the thickness of the roast. Cover and bake at 325 for 3-4 hours. Add potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc. the last hour. At that point, you'll have to decide whether to keep it covered or cook uncovered. You can use beef stock in place of the V8. If you do, you'll need a fair bit more salt.

            1. Agree with the dehydrated onions and beef bouillon - those would basically be the main ingredients anyway, without having a bag in front of me. I bet it has corn syrup or something as well - you're going to want some kind of sugar I'd think, even apart from the carrots others have suggested. Maybe celery seed and dry mustard?

              1. OMG, I had forgotten all about that pot roast. My Mother used to make it!!

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                1. re: lovetocookPEI

                  The first time I made meatloaf, I followed the Ann Landers recipe which was supposed to be the end all and be all. Called for a package of Lipton Onion Soup. I never had such bad indigestion!

                2. Try a teaspoon of fish sauce, if you have that.

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                  1. re: Bada Bing

                    Many fish sauces have MSG, some don't, but many many do.