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Christmas Soup

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


12 servings (3 quarts)

In addition to serving it as a summertime meal, I put this traditional Mennonite soup on our Christmas lunch table along with an assortment of cold sandwiches and salads.


  • 4 quarts plus 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) mixed dried fruit (4 cups)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cherry gelatin
  • 1 can (16 ounces) pitted tart cherries, undrained


  1. In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, bring 4 quarts water, dried fruit, raisins and cinnamon stick to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until fruit is tender.
  2. Combine the sugar, cornstarch and remaining water. Gradually add to kettle until well blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Add cherries. Remove cinnamon stick. Chill.

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