Soup in a Jar

5 from 4 votes

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This Soup in a Jar recipe is a perfect gift to give during the holidays, for birthdays, or to a friend. And it makes a hearty, healthy, delicious soup!

A Bowl of Love Soup with mason Jars of Love Soup Mix in the background.

Soup in a Jar

This Soup in a Jar is such a fun gift to make and give to friends and family. We especially love to make a bunch of these around the holidays and gift them to neighbors, coworkers, babysitters, church leaders, and friends. It looks so pretty all layered in a jar with a cute tag. Plus the soup is so delicious! It’s really easy for recipients to make and warms up any chilly winter night. I also love making batches for myself and storing them in Ziploc bags in my pantry for an easy lunch or dinner.

Easy and Inexpensive Gift

When gifting this Soup in a Jar mix, you can mix all of the ingredients together in a resealable plastic bag with the tag or you can layer the ingredients in a 1 quart glass jar. You can purchase 1 quart jars at most grocery stores. The jars are fun to decorate with ribbons or gift bows. The ingredients for the soup are inexpensive, especially if you are making several jars at once. The split peas, barley, and lentils can all be purchased in 1 lb bags for just over a dollar each and there is enough in each bag to make 4 jars of the mix. I found the alphabet macaroni in a 7.05 oz bag in the Mexican food section of my local grocery store for 39 cents a bag. The exact same size bag of macaroni, just packaged a little differently, was in the Italian food section of the same grocery store for $1.99 a bag. Overall, the ingredients are easy to find and for a good price.

Make it Vegetarian

For a vegetarian version of this Soup in a Jar recipe, the meat does not have to be added. The soup is very good without it. Vegetable bouillon can be used instead of beef bouillon. For a free printable of the instructions gift tag, click here.

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How to Make Soup in a Jar

A Bowl of Love Soup Next with mason Jars of Love Soup Mix in the background.

Soup in a Jar

5 from 4 votes
This Soup in a Jar recipe is a perfect gift to give during the holidays, for birthdays, or to a friend. And it makes a hearty, healthy, delicious soup!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 12


When making the soup add:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 12 cups water
  • Salt pepper, and any other preferred seasonings.


To gift in a jar:

  • Layer dry ingredients in the order listed in a quart-size jar.
  • Tip: Use a funnel to add the ingredients to the jar. This helps to layer the ingredients evenly.
  • Add gift tag with Love Soup directions.
  • Decorate with a ribbon or gift bow.

To gift in a bag:

  • Mix all dry ingredients together and pour into a resealable plastic bag.
  • Add gift tag with Love Soup directions.
  • Decorate with a ribbon or gift bow.

To make the soup:

  • Brown 1 lb ground beef in a skillet or frying pan.
  • Bring 12 cups of water to a boil in a large pot.
  • Add all dry ingredients, ground beef, and any preferred seasonings to the boiling water. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils and split peas are soft.
  • Leftovers can be frozen.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 15gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 67mgPotassium: 434mgFiber: 8gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 24IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. Hi!
    What spices would taste good with this? Specifically wondering about rosemary, thyme, and basil.
    Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this idea!! It truly makes a delicious & comforting soup! I make quite a few, so I can store & also give as gifts!

  3. 5 stars
    This is such great gift idea, followed it perfectly and gave it to my neighbors! They loved it. Thanks for this idea!

    1. We don’t have nutrition facts available on our site yet, you should be able to plug the recipe into a nutrition calculator like weigh watchers or Livestrong and they can give you a fairly accurate estimate. Hope this helps!

  4. I noticed in the recipe it says 1/3 cup beef flavor bouillon, but the link takes you to beef bouillon cubes on amazon. Do you use cubes for the mix? If so, how many?

    1. You can use 1/3 cup of beef bouillon, but if you make it with the cubes you have to make a cup and then use 1/3 of it and save 2/3 cup for another recipe!

      1. 5 stars
        No ,that would not be flavorful enough. It it a third of a cup of the concentrated beef bouillon. So you need to break up the little cubes till you have 1/3 of a cup of the granules. Hope this helps 😊💖

      1. One cube is about 1 teaspoon of bouillon and there are 16 teaspoons in 1/3 cup. So, about 16 cubes.

  5. I just wanted to thank you all, for real recipe s, I am sure that your Momma is so proud of what you girls are doing. We need real food to be able too keep our health, and it sure does help when it tastes so good. Thanks again

    1. I’m not a big beef soup fan. Could I substitute chicken bouillon and shredded rotisserie chicken for the beef and bouillon?

  6. Do the tri-colored noodles turn to complete mush after 45 minutes? Could you leave them out or sub them with something else colorful?

    1. They do get soft. You can easily substitute macaroni or rice. You can also add the trip-colored noodles the last 10-15 minutes that the soup is simmering. Thanks for asking!

  7. I haven’t been able to find yellow split peas in our supermarkets (here) for quite some time. I like to make (yellow) split pea soup, with a ham bone, w/leftover meat attached to it. It looks sooo much more appetizing than green pea soup….since the diced ham, diced potatoes, onions, celery, minced parsley, and carrots look very nice floating around in the bowl. To me, green pea soup looks very unappetizing….much like a polluted swamp! Where do you get your yellow split peas, since I’m dying to make my mom’s “Yellow Split Pea Soup”?

      1. 1 bouillon cube is equal to 1 teaspoon of powder. 1/3 cups has about 16 teaspoons in it. So 16 cubes.