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Soup in a Jar Mix

Instructions on how to make an inexpensive jar of soup mix to donate to a food charity organisation or keep handy in your pantry
16 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Jar of Hope, Soup mix
Servings: 1 jar


  • 1 Large glass or plastic jar with a screw-on lid. It can be a recycled jar, but wash and sterilize it beforehand.


  • ½ c small pasta shapes shells or small macaroni works best
  • c dried soup mix see note
  • ½ c dried brown lentils
  • 1 tbsp stock powder veggie or chicken works well
  • 1 packet dry soup powder this forms the flavour base of the soup and thickens it. I use brown onion soup or mushroom soup


  • Layer the ingredients carefully in the jar so that the different ingredients are separated. I like to start with half the soup mix, then the stock powder, pasta shapes, lentils and soup powder. I top up the jar with the remaining half of the soup mix.
  • Close the jar very well and paste a label with the ingredients and directions on the front. My labels look like this:
    Jar of Hope label


  • Soup mix is a mix of wheat, lentils, split peas and other dried ingredients that are sold mixed together and makes soup making easy and inexpensive.
Dried soup mix