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Soup Mixes in a Jar – 6 Great Gift Ideas

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A cup of soup is a bowl of comfort. Warm (usually), hearty, and satisfying, very few things comfort like homemade soups (and soup mixes), especially in Winter. This is probably due to the fact that “only the pure of heart can make a good soup” (Beethoven). Each ingredient in a soup builds up the others, in turn, until it becomes a structure that can withstand even the harshest of storms.

Making homemade soup, then, is not difficult nor cumbersome, but a true labor of love. And feeding said soup to loved ones only enhances its flavor and its robustness. The act of giving seems to strengthen its power, delivering love straight to the hearts of its recipients with every spoonful.

What we have for you today is our gift to you. It is our labor of love. We have compiled a catalog of 6 soup mixes plus homemade bouillon that can be stored for months at a time in a jar in your pantry. All you need is a few freeze-dried veggies and some pantry staples, a few jars, and a list of people you love who love soups.

soup mixesWe made all our soup mixes in pint ball jars (16 oz.), so if you want to double the recipes, be sure to use quart jars (32 oz). (Note: Quart-sized zip-top bags and well-sealing plastic ware would also work.)

We have also included a printable gift-tag pdf file, so you can provide a label with cooking instructions along with your gift. (Please know that it’s perfectly acceptable to give these soups to yourself and we won’t tell anyone!)

The Broccoli-Cheddar Soup is special in that it can be cooked without a stovetop, slow cooker, or instant pot. All you need is boiling water, so this can be made at any workplace that has a microwave!

Most of these healthy soups can also be made in an Instant Pot, and Instant Pot-specific gift tags are included in the pdf, so feel free to give these to your fellow “pot-heads”!

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup Mix
Black Bean Soup Mix
Cajun Bean Soup Mix
3 Bean Chili Soup Mix
Chicken Noodle Soup Mix
Vegetable Soup Mix
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SOUP MIXES

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3 Bean Chili Soup Mix

3 Bean Chili Mix (Dry Mix Series)

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Instructions

    Dry Mix
    1. Combine all ingredients in a jar (1 pint) or other airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place.
    To make Chili (Slow Cooker)
    1. Combine dry mix and 4 cups water in a slow cooker. Cook on high 6-7 hours or until beans are tender.
    to Make Chili (Instant Pot)
    1. Combine dry mix and 4 cups water in Instant Pot. Lock lid; set valve to sealing. Program for bean/chili. Allow for natural pressure release.
    Recipe Notes

    FREEZE DRIED FOOD ON AMAZON (THESE ARE AFFILIATE LINKS):

    Dried Tomatoes: CLICK HERE
    Dried Bell Peppers: CLICK HERE

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    Chicken Noodle Soup Mix

    Chicken Noodle Soup (Dry Soup Mix Series)

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    Instructions

      Bouillon
      1. Mix all bouillon ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve 1 Tbsp. Store remaining bouillon in airtight container and store in cool, dry place for use in other soup mixes (only the reserved Tbsp is needed for this recipe).
      Chicken Noodle Soup Mix
      1. Add carrots, celery, reserved bouillon, thyme, garlic powder, onion and parsley to a jar (1 pint). Seal and shake to combine. Open jar and top with noodles. Seal and store in a cool, dry place.
      To Make Soup (Conventional)
      1. Add contents of jar and 4 cups water to a stockpot. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and let simmer 20 minutes. Drain chicken and stir into soup. Let simmer an additional 5 minutes.
      To Make Soup (Instant Pot)
      1. Add contents of jar and 4 cups water to Instant Pot. Lock lid; set valve to sealing. Program for manual-high and 7 minutes. Use quick release and stir in drained chicken. Let stand 5 minutes.
      Recipe Notes

      FREEZE DRIED FOOD ON AMAZON (THESE ARE AFFILIATE LINKS):

      Dried Celery:  CLICK HERE
      Dried Carrots: CLICK HERE

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      Vegetable Soup Mix

      Vegetable Soup (Dry Soup Mix Series)

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      Ingredients

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      Instructions

        Bouillon
        1. Mix all bouillon ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve 2 Tablespoons. Store remaining bouillon in airtight container in cool, dry place for use in other recipes. Only the reserved 2 Tbsp is needed for this recipe.
        Soup Mix
        1. Combine all soup mix ingredients plus reserved 2 tablespoons bouillon in a jar (1 pint). Seal and store in a cool, dry place.
        To Make Soup (Conventional)
        1. Add soup mix and 4 cups water to a stockpot. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until beans are tender.
        To Make Soup (Instant Pot)
        1. Add soup mix and 4 cups water to instant pot. Lock lid; set valve to sealing. Program for multigrain. Allow for natural pressure release or do quick release.
        Recipe Notes

        FREEZE DRIED FOOD ON AMAZON (THESE ARE AFFILIATE LINKS):

        Dried Celery:  CLICK HERE
        Dried Corn: CLICK HERE
        Dried Peas: CLICK HERE
        Dried Green Beans: CLICK HERE
        Dried Tomatoes: CLICK HERE
        Dried Carrots: CLICK HERE

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        Black Bean Soup Mix

        Black Bean Soup Mix (Dry Soup Mix Series)

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        Instructions

          Bouillon
          1. Mix all bouillon ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside 2 teaspoons. Store remaining bouillon in airtight container in cool, dry place for use in other recipes. Only the reserved 2 tsp is needed for this recipe.
          Soup Mix
          1. Add all soup mix ingredients, plus 2 teaspoons bouillon mix, to a jar (1 pint) or other airtight container. Seal and store in a cool dry place. Store remaining bouillon mix in an airtight container in a cool dry place.
          To Make Soup (Slow Cooker)
          1. Add contents of jar plus 6 cups water to a slow cooker. Cook on high 6-7 hours or until beans are tender.
          To Make Soup (Instant Pot)
          1. Add contents of jar plus 6 cups water to Instant Pot. Lock lid; set valve to sealing. Program for Multigrain. Allow for natural pressure release.

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          Broccoli-Cheddar Soup Mix

          Broccoli-Cheddar Soup (Dry Soup Mix Series)

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          Ingredients

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          Instructions

            Bouillon Mix
            1. Mix all bouillon ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside 2 teaspoons. Store remaining bouillon in airtight container in cool, dry place for use in other recipes. Only the reserved 2 tsp is needed for this recipe.
            Soup Mix
            1. Combine cheese powder, buttermilk powder, 2 teaspoons bouillon, cornstarch, garlic, paprika, and mustard in a 1 pint jar. Seal lid. Shake to combine. Open jar and add onion, carrots, and broccoli. Seal lid and store in an airtight container.
            To Make Soup (Conventional)
            1. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil. Add soup mix to a bowl, and add boiling water to soup mix. Stir well to break up any lumps. Bring another 1 1/2 cups water to a boil, and add to soup mix. Cover and let stand 10 minutes or until broccoli is soft.
            To Make Soup (Instant Pot)
            1. Add dry mix and 3 cups water to Instant Pot. Stir well to break up any chunks. Lock lid; set valve to sealing. Program for manual-high and 5 minutes. Allow for natural pressure release, if desired, or do quick release.
            Recipe Notes

            You can find dried minced onion in the regular spices section of most grocery stores. The freeze dried items can be found on Amazon (see below), other places on the net, or sometimes at camping stores.

            FREEZE DRIED FOOD AND POWDERS ON AMAZON (THESE ARE AFFILIATE LINKS):

            Dried Broccoli:  CLICK HERE
            Dried Carrots: CLICK HERE
            Cheddar Cheese Powder: CLICK HERE

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            Cajun Bean Soup Mix

            Slow Cooker Cajun Bean Soup (Dry Soup Mix Series)

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            Recipe by:Heidi Boortz
            Adapted From:hurstbeans.com
            Adapted From Link:THEIR RECIPE

            Ingredients

            Ingredients

            Instructions

              Bouillon
              1. Mix all bouillon ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve 1 tsp. Store remaining bouillon in airtight container and store in cool, dry place for use in other soup mixes (only the reserved tsp is needed for this recipe).
              Dry Soup Mix
              1. Add beans, dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, cajun seasoning, dried green bell peppers, dried celery to a small (1 pint) canning jar. Add 1 teaspoon homemade bouillon. Seal jar and keep in a cool dark place (such as a pantry) for up to 3 months.
              For Soup (Slow Cooker)
              1. Add contents of jar and 6 cups water to a slow cooker. Stir well. Cook on high 6 hours. Test beans for doneness. If done, slice sausage and add it along with the tomatoes to the slow cooker. Cook an additional 30-45 minutes.
              For Soup (Instant Pot)
              1. Add contents of jar and 6 cups water to Instant Pot. Stir well. Lock lid; set valve to sealing. Quick release, and test beans for doneness. If done, slice sausage and add it along with the tomatoes to the slow cooker. Cook an additional 30-45 minutes.
              Recipe Notes

              The homemade bouillon makes about 1 cup bouillon powder.  You will only need 1 teaspoon for this recipe, but I suggest making the whole recipe rather than try to divide everything to end up with just 1 teaspoon.  You can use it wherever bouillon is called for (1:1 for powder or 1 teaspoon for 1 cube) or wherever vegetable broth is called for (1 teaspoon bouillon powder plus 1 cup water will make 1 cup broth).

              We used Garrett Valley Uncured Turkey Kielbasa for this recipe, but any uncured sausage will do here.  For vegan or vegetarian (or for 100% green tier), we suggest Field Roast Italian Sausage instead of kielbasa.

              You can find dried minced onion and dried minced garlic in the regular spices section of most grocery stores. The freeze dried items can be found on Amazon (see below), other places on the net, or sometimes at camping stores.

              FREEZE DRIED FOOD ON AMAZON (THESE ARE AFFILIATE LINKS):

              Dried Celery:  CLICK HERE
              Dried Bell Peppers: CLICK HERE

              Hey LOOK! The recipe is right here! No scrolling your life away reading our life story. If that's your style, give us a share.

              Vegetable Bouillon Mix

              Vegetable Bouillon Mix (Dry Soup Mix Series)

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              Recipe by:Heidi Boortz

              Ingredients

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              1. Mix all bouillon ingredients in a small bowl. Store in airtight container in cool, dry place.
              COMMENTS
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              1. How do all these ingredients fit into a half-pint jar? Is this an error? What is the correct sized jar for this recipe?

                1. Kandy,

                  Our apologies. We had gone back and corrected this on individual recipes but forgot to correct it on the main blog text. We have fixed this now. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. These recipes are indeed made for full pint jars (16 oz).

              2. On the vegetable soup recipe it states 6 cups water but when you print the label it states 4 cups. Will this affect the soup results?

                1. Hi Sherry,
                  Thanks for bringing this to our attention. It actually works either way but the intention was for both to say 4 cups. I’ve gone ahead and fixed the recipe to show 4 cups like the tag does. My apologies for the error. You can also do 6 cups and just get a “brothier” soup, but this should say 4 cups.
                  Ryan

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