How to Make Soup Mix in a Jar

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Soup mix in a jar is an easy and extremely frugal gift – here are some ideas for putting it together yourself!

This month I’m running a series called Love: in a Jar – it’s a fun exploration of all things bright and beautiful you can bottle up!

Today we’re going to be making a couple different soup mixes in jars. Have you ever done this before? If not, it’s very easy, and makes a great, frugal gift idea.

The first soup we’re making is called Friendship Soup. My pal Sarah introduced me to this recipe and I’ve eaten it prepared before – it’s quite good! You can actually find the entire recipe up at


  • 1/2 cup dry split peas
  • 1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 cup pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup dry lentils
  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup uncooked alphabet pasta

Remember that Fred Meyer sells spices in bulk in the Natural Foods section! This isn’t a bad option to make sure your spices are fresh and full of flavor. Some other items you might find in bulk as well – or buy in the rice/beans aisle. I found the Fred Meyer store brand were very inexpensive options.

I found for this recipe using a funnel helped the ingredients go in easily! You are going to layer in the split peas, bouillon, barley, lentils, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, rice, and bay leaves. Then, put the pasta in a plastic bag or wrap and add in the top of the jar, and seal. I used a quart-size jar and it was plenty big.

soup mix in a jar

When you’re done, you’ll need to include some directions on the soup jar. I did this by tying a simple ribbon and hole punching it through.

Friendship Soup ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS: 1 pound ground beef, black pepper to taste, garlic powder to taste, 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes – undrained, 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste, and 3 quarts water. TO PREPARE SOUP: Remove pasta from top of jar, and set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, brown beef with pepper and garlic; drain excess fat. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and soup mix. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the pasta, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pasta, peas, lentils and barley are tender.

Of course, if Friendship Soup ain’t your thing? There are lots and lots of other mixes you can make using dried pasta, grains, and beans! I found this one particularly helpful website and made a Mexican Bean Soup Recipe as well.

Here are my completed soups in jars. What do you think?

soup mix in a jar

I should also mention: make sure you try these soups before you make bunches to give to everyone! I ended up making the Mexican Bean recipe and decided to modify it by using less boullion cubes and subbing in vegetable ones for chicken.

While the soup was very pretty, yeah. I should’ve stuck to the recipe. My friend Misty had some and found that adding a bunch of salt and Creole seasoning fixed it. So heads up.

soup mix in a jar

Have you ever made a soup mix in a jar before? Feel free to share your tips or link your recipes!

And in case you missed any, please see the Love: in a Jar page for the other posts in this series.