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Friendship Soup Mix

"I layer this pretty, delicious soup mix in glass jars to give as gifts," relates Wendy Taylor of Mason City, Iowa.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    16 servings (4 quarts) per batch


  • 1/2 cup dried green split peas
  • 1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup uncooked alphabet pasta or other small pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained


  • In a 1-1/2-pint jar, layer the first seven ingredients in the order listed. Wrap pasta in a small sheet of plastic wrap; add to jar. Seal tightly. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.
  • To prepare soup: Remove pasta from jar and set aside. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the beef until no longer pink; drain. Add the water, tomatoes and soup mix; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the reserved pasta; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta, peas, barley and lentils are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 165 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 meat.

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  • knollbrookcook
    Apr 23, 2019

    I put together 10 of these jars of soup mix and gave 9 away as Christmas gifts this past Christmas. I kept one for myself and made it up today. Easy and delicious. I added 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Delicious soup and it made a lot. All of the gift recipients also liked it and loved that it made a big batch. I will definitely be doing this again.

  • middjett
    Sep 17, 2014

    I didnt do the whole put in a jar and give away thing... I just made the pot of soup. It was so good. Im usually "unsatisfied" when it comes to soup, yes its filling, but always makes me feel as if something was missing. This didnt make me feel like that. Was ready to eat in just under an hour, start to finish. In all honesty, I did add 1/2 cup cooked navy beans and 1/2 cup adzuki beans I had precooked in the fridge. Mostly just to extend the amount of finished product. I also used fresh onion instead of dried. Other then that, made no changes and dont think I would change anything in the future either. Will make again, and may do the gift thing with some in fiture.

  • sueherald
    Jan 22, 2012

    This is one of the easiest and tastiest soups I have ever made. I received the jar at a Yankee Swap. I'd make the jars to give as gifts, and, I'd make some for myself. My husband loves it.

  • Pamela R
    Jan 8, 2012

    Very good flavor. I used Italian sausage to make tiny meatballs instead of hamburger. My husband really liked this one!

  • MarlaB
    Sep 9, 2011

    My family loves this recipe!! We've given jars of the soup mix to family and friends and they've all enjoyed it. Serve it with a green salad and crunchy sour dough rolls-yummy!

  • norgrl
    Apr 13, 2010

    My children and I had a great time making this soup in jars and giving it as a gift for Christmas.Several family memebers called us saying how much they enjoyed the soup.

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    Dec 10, 2009

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    Jan 6, 2009

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    Dec 22, 2006

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