Don’t we all have a friend we want to send a little “thank you” to? Back in the day, it was quite common for women to share recipes and food gifts. Let’s bring that back! This Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar is a great gift for someone you love or are concerned about. It’s also an easy way for your family to enjoy soup. Let’s get to making this soup mix in a jar and you’re going to see how easy it truly is! My friend, Janet (a reader), held my hand and walked me through how to use lentils by sending me detailed text messages. I thank her from the bottom of my heart.
I’m updating my soup mixes in jars, there are so many food shortages we must be prepared now more than ever before.
Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar is the Perfect Gift!
My friendship soup mix in a jar is a healthy, wholesome meal everyone will enjoy, and it’s easy to prepare. Add some bread, biscuits, or crackers, and dinner is ready in no time. I have some tags for you to print if you wish to give them as gifts, they tell you how to prepare the soup. One of the things I really like about this soup-in-a-jar approach is the beautiful presentation. All the colors make it truly look like a fancy cherished gift, which it is.
The recipe will be printable below as well. You can make these in pint wide-mouth jars or quart wide-mouth jars. This recipe is for the 32-ounce wide-mouth quart mason jars. But you could cut the recipe in half for the wide-mouth pint mason jars.
Ingredients for Making The Gift Jar:
- Dried green split peas: The mature green peas are peeled, split, and then dried. The split pea doesn’t need to be soaked before cooking.
- Dried lentils: A legume, the seed of the lentil plant. Lentils are never eaten fresh, only as a dried product.
- Pearl barley: Used to bulk up soups. A very healthy grain! It has twice the amount of fiber and calcium as brown rice.
- Beef bouillon granules or beef bouillon cubes: A highly concentrated cube or granule made of beef stock, spices, herbs, and vegetables.
- Dried/Minced Onion: When dried, onions take on a richer flavor than regular onions. Perfect for soups since it adds a kick of sweet onion flavor!
- Uncooked white rice: Jasmine, basmati, and long-grain rice are the most popular. It has a mild flavor and is light and fluffy when cooked.
- Uncooked small pasta (I used Ditalini): A range of small pasta, such as ditalini, uncooked alphabet pasta, or macaroni.
- Italian Seasoning: A spice blend of ground herbs such as basil, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, sage, thyme, or coriander.
- Bay Leaf: A very aromatic leaf, that when infused with a liquid, gives off a subtle minty flavor.
- Salt and Pepper to taste: They help to enhance the flavors of the other ingredients in the soup.
- Water or beef broth: Used to cook dry ingredients and seasonings.
- Optional additional ingredients to add after the soup has cooked: one pound of ground beef cooked (drain excess fat from cooking), one 14-15-ounce can of diced tomatoes – undrained, and one 15-ounce can of tomato sauce.
Filling the Jars:
Grab a wide-mouth quart (32-ounce) mason jar to layer the dry ingredients above. First of all, put the pasta in a baggie as stated. Place the seasonings in a small bag so you can place them under the lid after filling the jars with the other ingredients. Start with the minced onions, the green split peas, dried barley, lentils, and rice, and end with pasta on top of the bag. You will need a Funnel to fill the jars with the dry ingredients, trust me.
The seasoning bag will go on top of the pasta bag. These are so fun to make, my friends! These would make great gifts to take to someone who is sick, having surgery, or just having a bad day, the list is endless. Seasoning Bags I used. I bought the 3.5” x 5.5” size bags. You may want some Twine for the printable gift tag(s), or create a printable label.
What the Soup Looks Like When Made!
Step One: Pour the Dry Ingredients and Seasonings into a Soup Pot
After opening the jar, remove the bag of pasta and set it aside. Grab a soup or other large pot and pour the dried soup ingredients into the pot, and add the seasonings.
Step Two: Add Water and Bring to a Boil
Add 3 quarts of water and bring it to a boil. Cover and let the soup simmer for 50-60 minutes.
Step Three: Remove Bay Leaves and Add Pasta.
Remove the bay leaves and add the pasta and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the pasta and grains are tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
How to Make Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar
Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar Recipe
- 1 cup dried green split peas
- 1 cup dried lentils
- 1/2 cup pearl barley
- 1/3 cup beef bouillon granules or 1-2 beef bouillon cubes
- 1/4 cup dried minced onions
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup uncooked white rice
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup uncooked small pasta. I used Ditalini (place in a small plastic bag so it's easy to remove from the jar).
- 3 quarts of water (when ready to make soup)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Grab a quart (32-ounce) mason jar to layer the ingredients above. First of all, put the pasta in a small plastic bag as stated. Place the seasonings in a small bag so you can place them under the lid after filling the jars with the other ingredients. Start with the minced onions, the green split peas, dried barley, lentils, rice, ending with pasta on top in the bag. The seasoning bag will go on top of the pasta bag.
After opening the jar, remove the bag of pasta and set it aside. Grab a soup pot and pour the dried soup ingredients into the pot, add the seasonings. Add 3 quarts water and bring it to a boil. Cover and let the soup simmer for 50-60 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and add the pasta and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta and grains are tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
You may want to add the pre-cooked meat and tomato products when you add the pasta. One pound cooked ground beef, one 14-15-ounce can of diced tomatoes, and one 15-ounce can of tomato sauce.
What can I serve with this soup?
- Homemade Biscuit Recipe
- 2-Ingredient Biscuit Recipe
- Easy Dinner Rolls Recipe
- Homemade Cracker Recipe
What kind of jars can I use to make the friendship soup mix in a jar?
I prefer wide-mouth mason jars. It’s crazy, they are so hard to get in the stores right now, but the prices will come back down over time. Be sure and check out garage sales and thrift stores for these jars. So many people have stocked up on canning supplies, but they may never use them. Hopefully, they will sell them or give them to a neighbor.
The suppliers know there is a need for them, so watch for jars in the spring. One thing that really helps while filling the jars is a funnel. This one fits on regular and wide-mouth jars. Canning Funnel
Do I need to use a FoodSaver to seal the jars for the friendship soup recipe?
The FoodSaver removes the air from the food, which is critical to keep it safe for one year. I put the seasonings in bags inside the jars so the powder from the seasoning doesn’t ruin my FoodSaver hose.
Do I need to use oxygen absorbers in my jars?
You can if you want to, I don’t. Based on my Master Canning and Preserver classes, the food is good for one year. I don’t have the equipment to extend the shelf life. One year works for me.
Can I store my Soup Mix in a Jar Mixes in Bags?
Yes, you can, but be aware that some of the pasta or dehydrated vegetables may pierce the bags. I never use bags because I worry about mice or critters contaminating my food. I only use jars.
Is there a Gluten-Free Noodle option that would work?
Yes, a reader mentioned she uses Sam Mills Gluten Free Corn Pasta Lasagna Corte. Yay, for another option for our GF friends! Gluten-Free Pasta
What is the shelf-life of my Soup Mix in a Jar Recipes?
As you know, Mark and I took classes to be Certified Master Canner and Preservers even though we had been canning, dehydrating, and pressure canning foods for over 50 years together. I lived in Logan, Utah, and bought a Ball Canning book back in 1970 and drove to the Utah State Extension Service to have my equipment tested (pressure canning gauge and seal).
Shelf Life of One Year
The reason I feel strongly about mentioning this is because I learned the food we can at home generally has a shelf-life of one year. If we dehydrate food at home the shelf-life is one year. Let me be real here, I have eaten my own canned peaches that were 3-4 years old.
I get it, I’m sure you have too! I’m just telling you what I learned. If you think about it, if we grow a garden or go to a Farmer’s Market to get fresh fruits and vegetables, one year should be fine for a normal shelf-life.
We Can Do This, My Friends!
Grow food, and preserve it by canning or dehydrating it. Each year we start all over again. We can do this, my friends. The reason I want to make soup mix in a jar is that I saw what happened after disasters in many states. These jars would make great gifts, and easy dinners at the last minute. They are perfect during a disaster by just adding boiling water to feed the family.
It’s critical you have a way to boil water, cook a meal, or make a pot of soup after a disaster. Please get a Butane Stove and Extra Canisters. The perfect pan for a butane stove is one that is a 4-quart Saucepan. Why? Because you don’t want the pan hanging over the burner on your Butane Stove. It’s all about safety.
My Soup Mix in a Jar Series
The next time you want to cook in the kitchen but aren’t sure WHAT TO MAKE, these Friendship Soup Mix in Jar options are fantastic for gifting, especially during the holiday seasons, and keeping around your own home for a quick meal solution. Canning is an important skill, and I feel as though these soup mix jars are a great alternative to traditional canning. Plus, you are going to have TONS of delicious soup to eat later. Happy soup-making, my friends! May God Bless this world, Linda.