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6 Homemade Soup Mixes in a Jar

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These homemade canning jar soup mixes are the perfect frugal holiday gift! Learn how to make six different soup mix flavors.
Soup Mixes in a Jar

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Guys, I am so pumped for today’s post for one big reason—I think these dry soup mixes are the perfect handmade gift for you to give to your loved ones. They are affordable to make (just a few bucks a pop), they are delicious, they are thoughtful, and my favorite part—they are consumable. You give the gift, the giftee uses it and appreciates it, and then it’s gone—no tchotchke sitting around waiting to be donated to the thrift store in a few months.

I am not anti-consumerism (I love a good sale as much as the next person!), but I do love the idea of shifting our holiday gift-giving to be less about stuff and more about being thoughtful, kind, and loving—and what’s more thoughtful, kind, and loving than giving the gift of cozy soup?

Six mason jars of different soup mixes stacked in a pyramid

In fact, here’s what I think is the most perfect holiday gift: a simple, thoughtful handmade gift (like these jarred dry soup mixes or any of our other handmade gift ideas) and a donation to a charity a recipient believes in. It’s the best of both worlds!

Reality check: this year in the United States alone, we will spend $465 BILLION (with a B!) on holiday gifts. Experts estimate it would only take $175 billion to completely eradicate poverty for a year! Can you imagine the good work we could do if we just spent half the amount we normally do this Christmas and donated the rest?

Six jars filled with dry ingredients stacked in two rows of three

Okay, enough of my bleeding heart spiel—let’s dig into these awesome soup mixes! They are easy and affordable to make. And they are super delicious! These suckers only use ingredients you can get at a regular supermarket—nothing fancy or special order.

You could make up enough of these for everyone on your list in less than an hour. At the very bottom of this post, you’ll find a printable recipe for all six flavors of dry soup mixes, plus free printable tags that give your giftee complete instructions for how to make the soup.

Alright, let’s make some gifts!

Jar full of barley, dried spices, and dried tomatoes. A text overlay reads "Italian Barley Soup Mix"

Italian Barley Soup Mix in a Jar

This barley soup is tomato-based (you add a can of diced tomatoes when cooking), vegetarian, and packed full of garlic and Italian herbs. To make Italian Barley Soup Mix in a Jar, layer these ingredients in the order listed in a wide-mouth pint canning jar:

  • 1 cup pearled barley
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (dehydrated, not packed in oil)
  • 1 tablespoon dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 veggie bouillon cube

Instructions for cooking the Italian Barley Soup from mix: Remove wrapper from bouillon cube and add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus four cups of water and one 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the barley is tender, about 20 minutes. Serve topped with grated Parmesan. Season to taste.

Download the Tags

Mason jar full of split peas and spices. A text overlay reads "Split Pea Soup Mix"

Split Pea Soup Mix in a Jar

This beautiful green soup mix is so festive and green! I like to stir in a cup of chopped ham when it’s finished cooking to make it really hearty. To make Split Pea Soup Mix in a Jar, layer these ingredients in the order listed in a wide-mouth pint canning jar:

  • 2 cups split green peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube

Instructions for cooking the Split Pea Soup from mix: Remove wrapper from bouillon cube and add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus four cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the peas are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Stir in one cup of chopped ham before serving. Season to taste.

Download the Tags

A mason jar full of two types of lentils, curry powder, and other dried spices. A text overlay reads "Coconut Curry Soup Mix"

Coconut Curry Soup Mix in a Jar

This lentil soup is bright orange, packed full of exotic flavor, and super delicious served with a stack of warm naan bread! To make Coconut Curry Soup Mix in a Jar, layer these ingredients in the order listed in a wide-mouth pint canning jar:

  • 2/3 cup orange lentils
  • 2/3 cup green lentils
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 2 veggie bouillon cubes
  • 1 small dried chile pepper

Instructions for cooking the Coconut Curry Soup from mix: Remove wrapper from bouillon cubes and add them, plus all remaining ingredients, plus four cups of water and one 14-ounce can of full fat coconut milk to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard the chile pepper before serving. Season to taste.

Download the Tags

A glass jar full of beans and dried spices. A text overlay reads "Five Bean Soup Mix"

Five Bean Soup Mix in a Jar

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than this layered bean soup mix. This baby is vegetarian, but is still packed with flavor. You can see a full tutorial for how to make bigger versions of these jars in this post. To make Five Bean Soup Mix in a Jar, layer these ingredients in the order listed in a wide-mouth pint canning jar:

  • 1/3 cup pinto Beans
  • 1/3 cup green peas
  • 1/3 cup black beans
  • 1/3 cup great northern beans
  • 1/3 cup kidney beans
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoons dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small dried chile pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 veggie bouillon cubes

Instructions for cooking the Five Bean Soup from mix: Remove wrapper from bouillon cube and add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus five cups of water and one 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the beans are tender and the soup is thick, about 90 minutes, adding more water as necessary to soften the beans. Remove and discard chile pepper and bay leaf before serving. Season to taste.

A note about cooking with dried beans: How old the beans are can change the amount of water and how much time is needed to cook the beans.  Your best bet is to watch the soup and add more water if necessary. Taste test until the beans are tender.

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A glass jar filled with noodles and dry spices. A text overlay reads "Chicken Noodle Soup Mix"

Chicken Noodle Soup Mix in a Jar

This soup makes a great holiday gift, and it’s great to keep on hand to give when someone you love comes down with a cold. To make Chicken Noodle Soup Mix in a Jar, layer these ingredients in the order listed in a wide-mouth pint canning jar:

  • 1 tablespoon dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 cups wide egg noodles

Instructions for cooking the Chicken Noodle Soup from mix: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté one diced carrot and one diced stalk of celery until just tender, about 5 minutes. Unwrap the bouillon cube from the soup mix, and then add it, plus all remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Add in 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the noodles are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir in 2 cups chopped cooked chicken before serving. Season to taste.

Download the Tags

A glass jar full of black beans and dried spices. A text overlay reads "Spicy Black Bean Soup Mix"

Spicy Black Bean Soup Mix in a Jar

This is such an awesome, hearty soup that’s packed with Southwestern flavors. I love it topped with sour cream and avocado. You can see how to make bigger size jars (for a BIGGGG batch of soup) by visiting this post. To make Spicy Black Bean Soup Mix in a Jar, layer these ingredients in the order listed in a wide-mouth pint canning jar:

  • 1 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 tablespoon dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 veggie bouillon cube
  • 1 small dried chile pepper

Instructions for cooking the Spicy Black Bean Soup from mix:  Remove wrapper from bouillon cube, add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus six cups of water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the beans are tender and the soup is thick, about 90 minutes, adding more water as necessary to soften the beans Remove and discard the chile pepper and bay leaves before serving. Season to taste.

A note about cooking with dried beans: the age of the beans can dramatically affect the amount of water and the amount of cooking time beans need. Older beans = longer to cook (and you don’t always know how old the beans in the store are). Best bet is to keep an eye on the soup, add more water if necessary, and taste test until the beans are softened.

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Homemade Soup Mixes in a Jar

Homemade Soup Mixes in a Jar

Yield: 1 pint jar
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These homemade canning jar soup mixes are the perfect frugal holiday gift! Learn how to make six different flavors.

Ingredients

For Italian Barley Soup Mix

  • 1 cup pearled barley
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (dehydrated, not packed in oil)
  • 1 tablespoon dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 veggie bouillon cube

For Split Pea Soup Mix

  • 2 cups split green peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoons dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube

For Coconut Curry Soup Mix

  • 2/3 cup orange lentils
  • 2/3 cup green lentils
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoons dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 2 veggie bouillon cubes
  • 1 small dried chile pepper

For Five Bean Soup Mix

  • 1/3 cup pinto Beans
  • 1/3 cup green peas
  • 1/3 cup black beans
  • 1/3 cup great northern beans
  • 1/3 cup kidney beans
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoons dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small dried chile pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 veggie bouillon cubes

For Chicken Noodle Soup Mix

  • 1 tablespoons dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 cups wide egg noodles

For Spicy Black Bean Soup Mix

  • 1 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 tablespoon dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 veggie bouillon cube
  • 1 small dried chile pepper

Instructions

To make all jars:

  1. Layer all ingredients in a clean glass jar (pint size) in the order listed. Close lid, add tag, and gift.

To make soup (general instructions, see flavor-specific instructions in notes section below):

  1. Remove wrapper from bouillon cube, add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the soup is cooked. Remove and discard the chile pepper and bay leaves, if used, before serving. Season to taste.

Notes

    • To Make Italian Barley Soup: Remove wrapper from bouillon cube and add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus four cups of water and one 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the barley is tender, about 20 minutes. Serve topped with grated Parmesan. Season to taste. Download the tags here.
    • To Make Split Pea Soup: Remove wrapper from bouillon cube and add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus four cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the peas are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Stir in one cup of chopped ham before serving. Season to taste. Download the tags here.
    • To Make Coconut Curry Soup: Remove wrapper from bouillon cubes and add them, plus all remaining ingredients, plus four cups of water and one 14-ounce can of full fat coconut milk to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard the chile pepper before serving. Season to taste. Download the tags here.
    • To Make Five Bean Soup: Remove wrapper from bouillon cube and add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus five cups of water and one 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the beans are tender and the soup is thick, about 90 minutes, adding more water as necessary to soften the beans. Remove and discard chile pepper and bay leaf before serving. Season to taste. Download the tags here.
    • To Make Chicken Noodle Soup: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté one diced carrot and one diced stalk of celery until just tender, about 5 minutes. Unwrap the bouillon cube from the soup mix, and then add it, plus all remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Add in 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the noodles are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir in 2 cups chopped cooked chicken before serving. Season to taste. Download the tags here.
    • To Make Spicy Black Bean Soup: Remove wrapper from bouillon cube, add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus six cups of water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the beans are tender and the soup is thick, about 90 minutes, adding more water as necessary to soften the beans Remove and discard the chile pepper and bay leaves before serving. Season to taste. Download the tags here.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. Vicky

    Everything I reads says that dried beans should be rinsed before cooking. Since the spices are added loosely on top of the beans, that prevents rinsing the beans. Is it OK that they are not rinsed before cooking?

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi Vicky! Here are Cassie’s thoughts on rinsing: “I pretty much never wash my beans before cooking—a little dirt never hurt! You’ll be boiling the soups to a high enough level to remove any bad germs, and because beans are grown in a pod, they don’t get very dirty/dusty/soil-y. But if it bugs you, just put the spices and bouillon into a separate spice packet (either in a ziptop baggie or folded parchment paper) and recommend to your giftees that they rinse the beans first.”

  2. DONNA HOGAN

    How much soup does the jars make? Feed 1 or 2 people? How long does it last in pantry – 1 or 6 months? The recipes seem to be a great idea and present the idea of good taste when finished.

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi Donna! Each jar will make enough for four lunch-sized servings. They’ll easily last 6-8 months, possibly longer, but we’ve never had them hanging around for that long!

  3. Mary

    I want to make your soups for Christmas gifts. What would the crock pot cooking time be for the split pea, Italian barley & Five bean soups be?

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi Mary! All of these recipes were developed and tested for stovetop cooking. We’ve never made any in the slow cooker, so we can’t say for sure how best to adapt them for the longer cooking time. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out for you!

  4. Elizabeth

    Hi. I made a couple of these recipes for Christmas gifts and they were a hit! I decided to use the Italian Barley soup along with other items to create complete meal baskets – from dinner to dessert for door prizes at my HS reunion….
    A classmate asked me about the sun dried tomatoes and if the were the right kind to be included in the soup mix (being shelf stable)

    Like another comment, I did not know there were 2 types of packaged sun dried tomatoes and I didn’t purchase dehydrated ones. The reunion is tomorrow and I so am thankful I did not bring baskets with the potential that someone could get botulism!

    Could you update and include this important info with your directions? Thank you!

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Sorry for the confusion, Elizabeth! We’ll update the ingredient list to be more clear. Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your experience so that we can keep making these recipes better for everyone. We’re so glad your Christmas gift soups were a hit!

  5. Rebecca Bradley

    Hi just a quick share. I made these at Christmas for our sons and one’s girlfriend. They were a hit. Both of our boys have Ninja Foodie’s so thought I’d share our NF adaptations.
    Italian Barley Soup Mix. NF pressure cook 20 min and allow 10 min slow release (Very Easy!)
    Split Soup Mix: Added 2 extra cups of water and 2 Tablespoons of dried carrots. NF pressure 15 min. 10 min slow release. (My mom keeps us stocked with dried veggies)
    Coconut Curry Soup: Add 2 extra cups of water and NF pressure 15 10 min slow release. This is our favorite so far.
    Thank you so much! These are delicious and really fit the bill for both our meat eater and our non-meat eater. Will try to post the other 3 as we try them.

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi Rebecca! That’s great to hear—we’re so glad they were a hit! And thank you so much for taking the time to come back and share your adaptations with everyone. That’s so helpful! We really appreciate it =)

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Robin! We have the best results simmering these uncovered. You may need to add more water to the bean soups to fully soften the beans (depending on how old your beans are). Otherwise, just bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer uncovered for the time indicated on each recipe. Let us know how they turn out for you!

        1. Danielle @Wholefully

          That sounds like so much fun, Robin—I need more soup parties in my life! What a great idea. I’m looking forward to hearing how it turned out. I hope it was a huge it with everyone! =)

  6. robin renfroe

    Good day,
    The recipes say use one pint jar. However when I made jars of the curry (1 and 1/3 C lentil) and spicy black bean ( 1 and 1/2 C beans) the jars are not full. The soup jar pictured above shows a full jar. Please, what size jars are you using? Thank you!

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Robin! All the jars in the photos are wide-mouth pint jars. The exact size of your ingredients (beans, lentils, etc.) will determine how full your jars get. But if you follow the recipes as written, everything should fit and your soups will turn out fine! I hope this helps =)

  7. Karen McCormick

    Thank you so much for the recipes and fun idea. I am giving these as a Christmas gift to my daughter along with a donation to our local food bank in her name. She is flying in and out for Christmas so I used my seal a meal and made them in individual bags so she didn’t have to travel with jars. I will also be sending her the link to your website after Christmas :). They are so colorful!

  8. Melly

    Your recipes look fabulous and I’m excited to make them all. I have been able to find all the ingredients except for red lentils and green lentils. Where do you purchase yours? Thank you so much!

  9. Kimberly Davidson

    Hi! Just wondering if you have cooked these – specifically the Coconut Curry soup in the Instant Pot? And if so, do you have the instructions for this? Thanks!

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Kimberly! We haven’t made any of the recipes in the Instant Pot. We’ve only tested the stovetop directions. If you try it out, please let us know how it turns out for you!

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Katie! We haven’t made these in an Instant Pot or a slow cooker, only using the stovetop directions. If you try it, please let us know how it turn out for you!

  10. Shelley

    Hello. First of all, thank you for sharing these recipes. They are going to make great gifts.

    I’m sorry if I am asking a question that has already been asked and answered. I tried reading through the comments first, but there are so many.

    In all the recipes it is clearly stated ‘dried X’ spice, except for the Five Bean soup. It just says ‘garlic’ and ‘onion’. Is that dried minced or dried powered?

    Again, thank you!

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hello, Shelley! Thank you for pointing this out. I’ve updated the recipe card to be clearer. For the Five Bean Soup we recommend using dried chopped onions and dried garlic powder. =)

      1. Shelley Chester

        Thank you!

        One more question. The Italian Barley soup mix calls for sundried tomatoes and I can only find ones that are encased in plastic and I fear they aren’t dry-dry (like dried onions). Will they go bad or ruin the other ingredients?

        1. Danielle @Wholefully

          Hi, Shelley! Yes, if they’re not completely dry they could go bad and/or ruin the other ingredients. We’ve had success with finding truly dried tomatoes in bags in the produce section of our local grocery store. But if you can’t find them, you could always leave them out and let your gift recipients know to add them when they make it. You could also include some of the sundried tomatoes you were able to find in a separate bag/jar along with the soup, as well. I hope this helps!

          1. Shelley

            It does! Thank you so much for your suggestions. I’m glad I didn’t make them up and add the not 100% dry sundried tomatoes! 🙂

            Take care and have a great holiday season!

  11. Denise OBriain

    If I were to make these as a fundraiser for a youth group, what do you think people would pay for the soup mixes?

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Denise! What a lovely idea to make these for a fundraiser! Our best recommendation for pricing is to discuss that with other folks involved in the fundraiser. They’ll have a much better idea of what sort of price range will work well for your particular circumstances. Best of luck to you! We hope they sell well!

  12. JenS

    Just made these for a family post kidney transplant. They love to cook so I figured this would just give them a bit of help. Including the coconut milk, diced tomatoes and some other goodies to go in the care package. Thanks for these recipes. Easy to put together and they look delicious!

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Jen! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. We love hearing about thoughtful, generous actions like that. Your care package sounds like such a wonderful gift for that family! We’re so happy that our recipes had a part in that.

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