Vegetarian Five Bean Soup Mix


I have a treat for you guys this week! Craig and I have worked really hard over the past few days to come up with 10 handmade holiday gift ideas to post here on Wholefully all this week. We are huge fans of giving handmade gifts and are really excited about sharing some of our best gift projects for this holiday season! Come back here all week-long to see what goodies we have in store.

But over here on Wholefully, I’m doing what I do best—food, of course! A hearty, delicious, healthy soup-in-a-jar to be more specific.

These soup-in-a-jar kits not only look absolutely beautiful (pretty beans!) but they are also super healthy, vegetarian and totally delicious. With a little bit of pretty fabric on top, a nice ribbon and a label (which you can download for free at the end of this post)—they package up to be an absolutely adorable holiday gift that I’m sure a lot of folks on your list would be super happy to receive.

There are a lot of things I love about soup mixes like these, but I think my favorite is how quickly they come together and how economical they are. For the cost of five bags of beans and some spices (which you probably already have on hand) you get four jars that I think are really touching, personal gifts.

And being a fan of the healthy lifestyle, this whole food, fiber-packed, vegetarian gift is a nice change of pace from the buckets of candies and chocolates we all get at the holidays. 

The key to making these kits more than just beans layered in the jar is an all-in-one spice packet layered at the tippy-top of the jar. Filled with great flavors, the spice packet is added to the soup as it simmers away on the stove, imparting delicious, robust flavor to every single little bean friend in that jar. All you need to make the soup is the jar of mix, a can of diced tomatoes, and some water.

The simplicity of the ingredients means that this guy stores well and is a great option for people who are interested in preserving food. Even if you don’t make these as gifts, they are awesome lined up on a pantry shelf. If we happen to get one of the diabolical ice storms that Southern Indiana is known for and power goes out for a week, you better bet I’ll be whipping up a batch of this soup on the gas stove.

Below are my instructions for the base mix for the soup, but feel free to mix it up and play with it however you’d like—it’s totally customizable! Change out the beans, add in new spices or even toss in some other dehydrated veggies (zucchini and peppers would be yum). Have fun!

Vegetarian Five Bean Soup Mix

Vegetarian Five Bean Soup Mix

Yield: 4 jars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Vegetarian Five Bean Soup Mix makes for a great holiday gift.


  • 1 pound pinto beans
  • 1 pound split green peas (or green lentils)
  • 1 pound great northern beans
  • 1 pound black beans
  • 1 pound kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated onions (found in the spice aisle)
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 8 bay leaves
  • 4 vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 4 clear quart Mason jars plus lids and rings
  • Parchment paper
  • Tape or stickers
  • Labels
  • Fabric and ribbon to cover top


  1. In each of the four Mason jars, layer 2/3 cup of pinto beans—shaking the jar gently to level the beans. Then repeat with 2/3 cup of green peas and so on ending with the kidney beans. Set jars aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all remaining spices except bay leaves and bouillon cubes.
  3. On a 10" x 10" piece of parchment paper, spoon 3 tablespoons of the spice mixture in the middle. Place two bay leaves and one bouillon cube on top. Fold parchment around spices to make a small spice packet. Seal with tape or stickers. Repeat three more times to create four total packets. Squish the packets into the top space of each of the four bean jars. You can also package the spices into plastic zip-top baggies if you prefer.
  4. Place lids on jars, cover in fabric and ribbon and label as desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 jars Serving Size: 1 jar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 779Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3350mgCarbohydrates: 143gFiber: 49gSugar: 13gProtein: 50g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Of course, I can’t keep my designer hands out of Illustrator and had to make some cute labels for these jars and hand them over to you guys to download and use. The PDF includes two labels—one for the front and one with the soup directions on the back.

To print them, just pick up some full-sheet sticker paper from any office supply store, print and then cut out with a pair of sharp scissors. Tip for cutting round edges with scissors: keep the scissors steady, but move the paper.

What’s your favorite food gift to give during the holidays?


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  1. I gave this as gifts for Christmas and just got to try it with my mom. So so yummy!!! I will be doing this again! They look so pretty in the jar. We did nine bean and adjusted the amoints accordingly to fit in the quart jar. Thank you for the great recipe! The spices are just right!!

  2. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical making this but wow was it delicious! Served it with fresh homemade buns and we had one solid meal. My family (including my 2 year old) and friends really enjoyed this! So good and filling.

  3. For some reason, I’m only able to measure out 3 servings of the 3TBS of the spice mixture for the packets. It’s probably an error on my part, but did this happen to anyone else? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Yes this happened to me too! I cant figure out what I did wrong. I was wondering if there is a mistake with the recipe (maybe only 3 tsp?!?!)

  4. What size are the bullion cubes? The only ones I can find are the Knorr brand and they each require 2 cups water instead of the regular small 1 cup size.

  5. I loved the vegetarian soup recipe. I gave this to a number of my family and friends for Christmas and everyone loved it and now they want the recipe. I hope you come up with another recipe for the mason jars because this is one of my favorite Christmas giving gifts. Last year I made the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mix and recipe in the quart mason jar which was definitely a hit. Thanks for making it a special gift for everyone.

  6. Thank you so much for this post. My husband needed a service project idea for a youth group so I suggested the group make soup in a jar and take it to the widows at church. He liked the idea. I liked it so much I bought enough supplies for his group and for all my kids’ teachers for Thanksgiving gifts. Thank you for providing adorable labels to print!!!