Soup Mixes in a Jar

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    1. Hi Danielle! You can print these on whatever paper you have handy. If you’d like a sturdier tag, you can use card stock. But regular printer paper is fine, too!

  1. Hi Cassie,

    I put my jars together for the chicken and split pea soups. Just wondered about the amount of water in the recipe. On the original bag for the split pea soup, it states 6-8 cups of water for the 2 1/2 cups of peas. In your recipe, for two cups of peas, you’re suggesting 4 cups of water. Is that enough water? I used quart size jars and doubled the recipe using 4 cups of peas. Just want to be sure my gift recipe has the correct amount of water.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Teresa! It’s possible that the amount of water on the bag is for cooking the peas like pasta—with lots of boiling water that you drain off. If you’re concerned about the amount, you can always advise your giftees to add more water or broth as needed to get the exact consistency they like! You could also make a batch at home before gifting to see how it goes. But 4 cups is the amount we’d recommend!

  2. These recipes look great and I’m purchasing the items to make several. I just have a question about the Veggie Boullion cubes. The wrapped cubes in your video look like they’re 3 times the size of the ones I have locally, which are for 8 ounces of liquid each, or a teaspoon. Should I be adding 3 of these smaller cubes? I noticed most of the recipes call for 4 cups of liquid.

    1. Hi Sandy! If your bouillon cubes are smaller than the normal 1/2″ size, then you could add more. 1 standard bouillon cube is equal to 1 teaspoon of bouillon powder, so you can use that as a rule-of-thumb when comparing your size of bouillon cubes. Cassie’s cubes were larger than the standard cubes (making two cups of broth per cube instead of the typical one cup per cube). So for the Coconut Curry Soup Mix, you’ll see her put one cube into the jar instead of the two listed in the recipe. Feel free to adjust if you think you need to based on your cube size—but more flavor won’t hurt! Hope this helps!

  3. Love this! How long will soups be shelf stable for? Making as gifts ansd want to let folks know. Apologies if this was addressed in the article text and I missed it.
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Becky! They’ll easily keep in the pantry for 6-8 months—possibly longer, but we’ve never had them hanging around for that long!

  4. I looked for the tags on the chicken noodle soup but only found the ones for the barley soup. Are there tags for the chicken noodle soup? Thank you

    1. Hi Deborah! You can find the tags for each specific soup at the end of each recipe in the post, and at the end of each set of directions in the Recipe Notes. You can either scroll to the Chicken Noodle Soup Mix in the post and click on the orange button that says Download the Tags, or you can go to the notes section of the recipe card and at the end of the note labeled “To Make Chicken Noodle Soup,” you can click the link that says, Download the tags here. Hopefully that helps! Please let me know if you’re still having trouble finding them!

  5. Hi! Thank you so much for these cute recipes. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’ve never made soup. Can I use canned beans or should they be dry?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Lindsay! You’re very welcome! Thank you for your kind words. =) Since the jars are meant to be shelf-stable, you’ll want to use dried beans in these. The cooking instructions are also formulated for dried beans, so your soups will turn out perfectly! Let us know how you (and your giftees) like them!

  6. Thanks so much for providing these recipes and the tags! This will save me so much time and fail-based learning (;-) Have a blessed fall, and holiday season!

  7. How many servings do these make? A point jar of ingredients doesn’t seem like it would make much. Also do you keep them in the refrigerator until you use them? One commenter said she did but can you store in the pantry and what’s the shelf life?

    1. Hi Rebekah! Each jar will make 4 lunch-sized servings. They don’t need to be kept in the refrigerator because everything is shelf stable. They’ll easily keep in the pantry for 6-8 months—possibly longer, but we’ve never had them hanging around for that long!

  8. I’m not much of a cook, so these soup mixes have been a dream. I keep multiple jars in my refrigerator to give out as needed. I’ve received so many fun photos and videos from friends and family who have LOVED and sincerely appreciated your soup mixes. Would you create a few more of these recipes, especially recipes that don’t take more than 45 minutes to cook? I would also love some insight on how to add meat to the soups for my meat-loving friends.

    1. Thanks so much, Katie! We’re so glad they’ve been a hit! Please tell your meat-loving friends that the best way to add meat to these soups is to cook it separately and add it in when the soup is simmering, either in chunks or shredded, depending on their preference. I hope this helps!

    2. FYI, there are now freeze dried meats available for this type of stuff. : )
      Also, I was thinking that coconut milk can be bought powdered, so if you used that that would mean you can do the Coconut Curry Soup without the additional can. Hope that helps!