Friendship Soup in a Jar

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I’m so excited about today’s post. We are showing you how to make friendship soup in a jar! It’s a wonderfully warming soup that makes a wonderful gift!

friendship soup mix in a mason jar

Looking for a great mason jar Christmas gift?

Much like our M&M Cookies in a Mason Jar, this easy soup mix is a popular favorite of ours!

This friendship soup recipe is a hearty soup that just feels wholesome.

I love this recipe because it’s easy to layer in a mason jar and give as a gift to a friend.

In fact, I think food is one of the best gifts to give a friend. What else says love than giving a gift that nourishes the body and soul.

We are going to give you today:

  • The recipe for the friendship soup mix
  • Instructions for layering the mix in a jar
  • How to make the friendship soup
  • And a free printable gift tag with the instructions for your giftees!
Friendship soup mix layer in jar gift

Ingredients Needed for Friendship Soup Gift

We’re going to split the ingredients needed for your friendship soup into 2 parts.

One part is the dry soup mix, which will be layered into your gift jars.

The other part is a list of ingredients needed to make the soup after your dry mix incorporated.

This will be the party your gift receiver will need to make their soup into an actual soup.

Ingredients used for for friendship soup in a jar
Ingredients Needed to Make Your Friendship Soup Mix

Ingredients Needed for Making Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar

The ingredients listed here will make enough soup mix to put into one jar.

If you plan on making several to give out as gifts to friends and family like we’ll be doing this Christmas, then simply multiply the recipe by however many gifts you’ll be making.

For each soup mix in a jar gift you’ll need:

Large Mason Jar: We used a 32 oz jar for each gift jar

Printable Gift Tag: You can grab the printable in the resource library!

Dried Split Peas: We used green split peas, but you can also use yellow split peas. Don’t substitute this with regular dried peas though, it’s not the same.

Dried Lentils: This adds a nice heartiness to the soup

Pearl Barley: Using pearl barley instead of regular hulled barley. It’ll cook faster in the soup without having to be soaked first. It’ll also thicken the soup as it cooks.

Beef Granules: Adds flavoring for the base of the soup. You can substitute it with chicken granules if you prefer, but the taste will come out differently.

Dried Minced Onion: This will add a flavor to the soup

Italian Seasoning: And some more flavor

Uncooked White Rice: Another hearty grain. You could substitute barley instead of the rice, however it may thicken the soup too much

Bay Leaves: Adds another layer of flavor

Small Uncooked Pasta: We used Ditalini

Additional Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Friendship Soup

These additional ingredients aren’t once that you’ll give with the gift (Unless you want to) but are items that many people already have in their kitchen.

These are other ingredients that the gift receiver will add to the soup to make it yummy and taste like friendship soup.

Ground Beef: Browned and drained

A Can of Diced Tomatoes: Adds some moisture and veggies to the soup

Diced Garlic: Fresh garlic always tastes amazing in soup. They could also used minced garlic.

Tomato Sauce: Adds more moisture and body to the soup

Water or Beef Stock: Because of the beef granules already in the soup mix, using water is fine. However if they add stock, it’ll give it a more intense flavor.

Salt and Pepper to taste: Letting the gift receiver add in their own salt makes sure the soup is seasoned to their liking.

Layering friendship soup in the mason jar
Layering the Soup Mix into a Mason Jar

How to Make Your Friendship Soup Mix Gift

To turn the mix into gifts, you’ll just need to gather and measure out all of your ingredients.

Then simply layer the ingredients into the 32oz Mason Jars and seal.

Next, you’ll want to print out our free gift tag to tie with a pretty decorative ribbon or string to the mason jar.

Make sure to grab it out of our big craft printable resource library.

Here is a closer photo of our gift tag.

Friendship soup mix in a jar with a printable gift tag

Now you have a wonderful gift to give the Christmas season.

Frienship soup recipe in a large jar

Tips for Layering Your Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar

When layering your ingredients for your soup mix the order of ingredients is important to keep the jar looking pretty.

Mostly you’ll want to avoid having the seasonings sift through the beans.

We recommend layering your soup in this order:

  1. Onion
  2. ½ cup split peas
  3. Rice
  4. ½ cup lentils
  5. Beef granules
  6. ½ cup split peas
  7. Barley
  8. ½ cup lentils
  9. Italian seasoning
  10. Finish off with the pasta.

If you like, you could place the pasta in a separate storage bag to make it easy to remove from the rest of the mix.

Which is one of the steps for making the soup.

Frienship soup recipe in a large jar

How to Make the Friendship Soup

We include these instructions on the printable gift tag for your soup.

You can make this soup for yourself too as its delicious and a great gift to give yourself as well!

Carefully remove the pasta from the jar and set to the side.

In a large stockpot, pour the remaining soup mix, as well as the ground beef, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and garlic powder.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.

Cover with a lid and simmer for 50 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove the bay leaves from the soup and add in the pasta.

Cook for an additional 10 -15 minutes, or until pasta and beans are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Optional: Add 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar for extra kick.

Dry soup in a jar gift
Soup mix layered in glass jar for a gift
layered friendship soup mix in a jar
Yield: 1 Mason Jar

Friendship Soup in a Jar

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This hearty soup is perfect given as a gift during the holiday seasons. The gift receiver adds a few things to their soup mix and they have a lovely, wonderfully easy dinner perfect during the cooler seasons.


Ingredients for the Soup mix in a jar

  • 1 cup dried split peas
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • ½ cup pearl barley
  • ⅓ cup beef granules
  • ¼ cup dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup uncooked small pasta, like Ditalini

Additional ingredients to make the soup

  • 1lb ground beef browned and drained
  • 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
  • 3 quarts water or beef stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Gather and measure out the soup mix ingredients.
  2. Layer the soup ingredients into your mason jar.
  3. Add the gift tag and decorate with ribbon.


We used a 32oz Mason jar. You can grab the printable gift tag in our free printable library. Your gift receiver will then make the soup based on the instructions on the gift tag. Enjoy!

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  1. For some reason I can’t find the printable gift tag that is supposed to be included in this post for the Friendship Soup mix. Am I missing something, Can you tell me how to get it?

    Thank you,
    Bonnie McCauley

  2. What did you use for your beef granules? Everything I see is more powder based. Is this the same as Beef boullion?

  3. Thank you so much! Best soup ever, I made it first to try it out. I made a dozen jars,I was so impressed!!The only thing I did different in mine was added 1tesp. Of Cumin and 1/2cup more of pasta, I did mine with beef broth. The gift tag was great and I wrote that on the back as a note, and said make it your own!! So Good.

  4. Could chicken granules (bullion) and chicken be substituted for the beef? Same amounts? We have beef allergies in our family.

    1. I haven’t tried it but im sure you could! I’ve substituted different bullions in the past for other recipes and it usally turns out great!

  5. How many servings does this make? Looks delicious. Wondering if I could also add a frozen bag of mixed veggies…

  6. I believe I made this soup back in 2019 but it used freeze dried tomatoes and peppers? If so, any chance I could get that original recipe?

  7. Hi Bonnie
    I was wondering what type of beef granules you use. 1/3 cup seems like a lot, for 1 jar. Is this the right amount?

  8. I ♥️ this recipe. I’m making my Friendship Soup this year for a Friendsgiving brunch! I’m so excited. I made it before for another event and it was a hit with my friends. They were so impressed-especially that I took the time to make them. Happy Holidays everyone!

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