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Hearty Pasta Soup Mix

Warm up loved ones on frosty winter nights with a gift of this hearty, stick-to-the-ribs soup mix. Packed in pretty glass jars, it looks just as good as it tastes! Be sure to include preparation instructions and a list of additional ingredients needed with your gift card. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    14 servings (3-1/2 quarts)


  • 1/2 cup dried split peas
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 envelope savory herb with garlic soup mix or vegetable soup mix
  • 2 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
  • 10 cups water
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained


  • In a half-pint glass container, layer the first 7 ingredients in the order listed; seal tightly. Place the pasta in a 1-pint resealable jar; seal. Yield: 1 batch (3 cups).
  • To prepare soup: Place water in a Dutch oven; stir in soup mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add chicken, tomatoes and pasta. Cover and simmer until pasta, peas and lentils are tender, 15-20 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 173 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 613mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • Amanda
    Mar 3, 2018

    Made as a gift and figured I better make it before I gift it! I added browned venison and sausage to mine and some extra sauteed onions- It was quite good! I will totally make this again

  • chocolatecookies
    Jan 10, 2012

    This is good soup. I made only a half recipe since a full recipe would be too much for us. Rather than using cooked chicken, I used an 8 oz. can of mushroom pieces, rinsed and drained, for a meatless version of this soup. It was a thick and hearty soup. Using the half recipe amounts, we had four meal-size servings of this soup.

  • ktdozier
    Jan 3, 2012

    I received this as a gift. I did not have any chicken on hand, so I used 1/2 lb of smoked sausage. It was delicious! I plan to make this as gifts next year.

  • studentmel
    Dec 15, 2011

    I made these jars for Christmas gifts this year. I actually cooked up a pot of the soup before giving the jars to my friends - and I found it to be quite tasty (maybe not the all time best soup I've ever had - but very good.)I used the savory herb with garlic soup mix - not the vegetable one.I suggest buying the wide mouth jars -for easy of filling/emptying. I succeeded in finding the jars at a local thrift shop, then just purchased the (new) metal lids at the grocery store. I decorated the tops with fabric squares, ribbon, and cards. My total cost per jar was apx $5-$6 and they were well received gifts.