Wild Rice and Barley Soup Mix

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour


6 servings

Updated: Jul. 13, 2023
Let loved ones warm up on frosty nights with this hearty, stick-to-the-ribs soup. Layered in pretty bow-tied jars, the mix looks just as good as the soup tastes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Wild Rice and Barley Soup Mix Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried celery flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 8 cups water
  • Optional: Bacon bits and torn basil leaves


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. In a pint-size jar with a tight-fitting lid, layer the barley, parsley flakes, celery flakes, chives, 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.
  2. 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 and basil leaves if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 150 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 1267mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.