Sodium-Free and MSG-Free Vegeta Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Vegeta Seasoning Mix
Homemade Vegeta Seasoning Mix. © Barbara Rolek
Ratings (19)
  • Total: 5 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
174 Calories
1g Fat
39g Carbs
5g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe is for a homemade sodium-free and MSG-free version of Vegeta Gourmet Seasoning, that ubiquitous Eastern European vegetable-spice mix created by the Podravka company in Croatia. You'll find Vegeta in the ingredient list of many recipes. It's a go-to seasoning mixture used to flavor foods from soups to veggies to meats and poultry.

The problem is, it contains MSG. For those with MSG allergies, that can be a real problem. Now Podravka makes a No MSG-Added Vegeta but it still contains loads of sodium as does this homemade Vegeta recipe from Thermomix.

This version, posted in March 2010 on  Nina's Recipes, is MSG-free AND sodium-free. It's very similar to the original created by Podravka. Real veggies are roasted until dehydrated and then whizzed into a powder. Store the resulting mixture in a screw-top jar in a cool, dry place.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium onions (peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 6 celery ribs (diced)
  • 3 potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 3 large red bell peppers (seeded and diced)
  • 3 large yellow bell peppers (seeded and diced)
  • 3 large orange bell peppers (seeded and diced)
  • 3 large green bell peppers (seeded and diced)
  • 3 large carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 10 garlic cloves (peeled and left whole)
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 175 F.

  2. Using a food processor or grinder, process all vegetables.

  3. Place the vegetable mixture into a strainer and let it drain for 30 minutes. To speed up the process, place the vegetables in a cheesecloth, bring up the ends of the cheesecloth and twist the edges to wring out as much moisture as possible.

  4. Spread the vegetables in a flat even layer on ungreased baking sheet(s). Bake for 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

  5. Transfer to a food processor to crush the baked vegetable mixture into as fine a powder as you like. You can use this mix on any dish—soups, rice, potatoes, stews, meats, vegetables.

Source: Nina's Recipes, March 11, 2010

Turn Vegeta Into a Hostess Gift

This would make a neat edible gift for Christmas or any other time of year when a hostess gift is in order. Place this seasoning in a clear glass bottle with a cork stopper or a screw-top. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the bottle, and include a printed description of what Vegeta is and how it's used. An extra-special touch would be to attach a printed version of a recipe that calls for Vegeta. Your salt- and MSG-conscious friends will love you.