Friendship Soup Mix

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours


16 servings (4 quarts) per batch

Updated: Jul. 14, 2023
"I layer this pretty, delicious soup mix in glass jars to give as gifts," relates Wendy Taylor of Mason City, Iowa.
Friendship Soup Mix Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup dried green split peas
  • 1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup uncooked alphabet pasta or other small pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained


  1. In a 1-1/2-pint jar, layer the first 7 ingredients in the order listed. Wrap pasta in a small sheet of plastic wrap; add to jar. Seal tightly. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.
  2. To prepare soup: Remove pasta from jar and set aside. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook and crumble the beef until no longer pink; drain. Add the water, tomatoes and soup mix; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the reserved pasta; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta, peas, barley and lentils are tender.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 166 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 883mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein.

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