DIY Instant Tomato Bell Pepper Soup Recipe

Photographs: Molly Sheridan

Note: I experimented with both instant nonfat dry milk and dry whole milk and couldn't prevent either milk type from curdling upon heating, at least when the powders were pre-mixed. Non-dairy powdered coffee creamer did work, but a read through the ingredient list pretty much negates the DIY effort if keeping hydrogenated oils and artificial additives out of the soup is a motivator. However, using only the vegetable powders made for such a rich and tasty broth, I didn't find myself missing the cream.

All of the vegetable powders and dried herbs can be made using a dehydrator at home. See the attached post on making your own tomato powder for further instructions. Diced onion and rings of de-seeded red bell pepper can be dehydrated and powdered in a similar fashion.

Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Makes: 1 1/4 cup

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  • 2 tablespoons tomato powder
  • 1 teaspoon red bell pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
  • Pinch of dried dill, parsley, or basil (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine tomato powder, red pepper powder, granulated onions, and dried herbs in a small bowl. Add 1 1/4 cups boiling water and stir until all powders are dissolved. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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