Your friends and family will love you for this! A soup mix in a jar recipe you can give out as gifts!

Bea Gassman
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a 1 1/2 pint jar, layer the split peas, bouillon, barley, lentils, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, rice, and bay leaves. Wrap the pasta in plastic wrap, and place in the jar. Seal tightly.

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  • Attach a label to the jar with the following instructions: Friendship Soup ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS: 1 pound ground beef, black pepper to taste, garlic powder to taste, 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes - undrained, 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste, and 3 quarts water. TO PREPARE SOUP: Remove pasta from top of jar, and set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, brown beef with pepper and garlic; drain excess fat. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and soup mix. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the pasta, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pasta, peas, lentils and barley are tender.

Nutrition Facts

101 calories; 0.6 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 444 mg sodium. 19.2 g carbohydrates; 4.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
I just made three jars for gifts and they look great! As for the jar problem Classico pasta sauce comes in 26 oz heavy mason jars.(Just soak off the label). They are almost square which shows off the mix beautifully plus a regular mason lid metal or plastic fits perfectly. I use these jars for canning since they're so pretty and right between pint and quart size. I also put the pasta in small plastic bags and knotted them to prevent spilling when removing from the jar. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2010
Beautiful presentation but I thought the soup was really lacking something. It just wasn't rich enough for me. If I made it again I would add something although I'm not sure what. Read More
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185 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 125
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
I just made three jars for gifts and they look great! As for the jar problem Classico pasta sauce comes in 26 oz heavy mason jars.(Just soak off the label). They are almost square which shows off the mix beautifully plus a regular mason lid metal or plastic fits perfectly. I use these jars for canning since they're so pretty and right between pint and quart size. I also put the pasta in small plastic bags and knotted them to prevent spilling when removing from the jar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
I just made three jars for gifts and they look great! As for the jar problem Classico pasta sauce comes in 26 oz heavy mason jars.(Just soak off the label). They are almost square which shows off the mix beautifully plus a regular mason lid metal or plastic fits perfectly. I use these jars for canning since they're so pretty and right between pint and quart size. I also put the pasta in small plastic bags and knotted them to prevent spilling when removing from the jar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2003
We're giving soup and brownie mixes for gifts this year and LOVE this soup! It has excellent flavor and texture (my husband is a chef so we are particular about our dining). We only made a few modifications to the recipe--reduced rice to 1/4 cup (we used Jasmine rice) reduced tomatoes to 1 14.5 oz. can (28 oz. was just too much-- it overpowered the rest of the ingredients) and used 1 tbsp fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder. Perfect! I know it will be a big hit with our friends and family this year! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2005
WOW! I made 36 of these for Christmas gifts(Buy stock in Walmart as that's where I got all my ingredients and the jars:). I took others suggestions and used 2 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce and 1 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes. I gave the soup mix along with a wooden spoon the can of tomatoes and 2 cans of tomato sauce in a gift bag with a box of corn muffin mix. (The only thing the recipient had to provide was the ground beef garlic powder pepper and water). Needless to say it was a HUGE hit and everyone that has tried this LOVES it. This recipe makes a ton but those that had company over the holidays appreciated this no fuss meal that served a gang THANKS SO MUCH! Again my dogs got a sampling in their dog food which they gave 5 stars to also. GREAT RECIPE Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
I made up three jars to give as gifts and they're SO pretty. I used quart-sized jars and it all fit nicely...but not snug. Put the bouillon granules at the bottom then the peas. It looks better. I could have made four gift jars at least but I decided to make a batch for my house tonight. It's super easy to put together and it's delicious. It made way more than my family could eat so I'm freezing a couple quarts for my up-coming maternity leave. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2006
This soup is delicious! I will definitely make these as christmas gifts! I made a few changes to the recipe: Used 1x14.5oz can chopped tomatoes (like others suggested) used 1/4 cup onion soup mix instead of onion flakes substituted garlic salt instead of garlic powder and used bite size flank steak/chopped steak instead of ground beef. No added salt or seasoning needed once all done! Great fast and easy recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
I gave this recipe 5 star rating only if you eliminate one can of tomato paste and add two cans tomato sauce...much smoother! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
Best soup I've ever made! Very healthy and hearty for a cold rainy day! The only thing I would do different is use only 1 can (14 oz.) tomatoes and use tomato sauce instead of tomato paste. Otherwise it's very easy and very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2006
This soup was so good! My three year old asked for seconds! I followed other reviewer's advice and added fresh minced garlic 1/4 cup rice and a 14.5oz can of diced tomatoes. The leftovers were even tastier! I served this with parmesan cheese and crescent rolls. I will definitely make this again and share it with friends! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
This is BEAUTIFUL gift that tastes really great! I used to be a teacher and one of my students gave me the soup mix as a gift for Christmas and it was fantastic! It was almost too pretty to eat but I am so glad that I made it and even happier that I found the recipe on the net so that I can make it for others and share what has become one of my favorite soup recipes:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2010
Beautiful presentation but I thought the soup was really lacking something. It just wasn't rich enough for me. If I made it again I would add something although I'm not sure what. Read More
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