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Wild Rice and Barley Soup Mix

Warm up your loved ones on frosty winter nights with this hearty, stick-to-the-ribs soup mix. Layered in pretty bow-tied jars, it looks as good as it tastes. Include prep instructions!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/3 cup dried vegetable flakes
  • 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 8 cups water
  • Real bacon bits, optional


  • In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a pint-size jar with a tight-fitting lid, layer the barley, vegetable flakes, brown sugar mixture, bouillon granules, rice and onion, packing each layer tightly (do not mix). Cover and store in a cool, dry place for up to 4 months. Yield: 1 batch.
  • To prepare soup: Pour mix into a large saucepan. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until rice is tender. Sprinkle with bacon bits if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 151 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • sharonallison
    Sep 28, 2011

    Easy to prepare and smells the kitchen up like Thanksgiving before the pies go in! I added sauteed mushrooms to my own and of all things - a handful of cashews! Yummy!! The only thing I would do different is exchange the chicken bouillon for something less salty. Maybe a soup mix or something. Otherwise I love this and I will definitely have jars on hand to give at Chrismas. Winner!

  • Joanne222
    Nov 25, 2009

    Is the brown sugar a mistake in this recipe? I've never seen sugar in soup before...

  • 4a4efsxH
    Nov 8, 2008

    I have been looking for dried vegetable flakes. Any suggestions where do buy them at a reasonable price. I need these by Dec 1 2008. Would love some suggestions, even online buying.