Dry soup mixes are the perfect homemade gift idea anytime of the year. Check out this list of 20 recipes that make delicious homemade soup perfect for making mason jar gifts!
Soup mixes are some of the best gifts that you can make at home. They are thoughtful, practical, budget friendly, and don’t require special supplies to make.
Just add all your dry ingredients to a pretty jar and add a cute recipe card showing the additional needed ingredients and cooking instructions.
Gift them during the holiday season, to an expectant parent, a sick friend, or even as teacher gifts.
There’s seriously not a person I can think of that doesn’t appreciate the gift of a homemade meal! I’m even considering lining my pantry shelves with some of these mixes for busy weeknights..
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What is a Soup Mix in a Jar?
Mason jar soup mixes are a way to provide a delicious soup base to your friends and family members. These little jars of soup mix are the perfect mix of convenience with nutrition.
These homemade gifts are shelf stable, which means the recipient can use the soup now or months down the road. You include the cooking instructions with the soup base, which makes meal prep that much easier.
Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for suggestions on what to include with your soup in a jar for a truly wonderful gift!
What You’ll Need to Make Soup in a Jar
Aside from the needed ingredients, you’ll want to make sure you have these supplies on hand.
- Mason Jars – Depending on the recipe you’re using or the size of the family you’re feeding, you may want to use quart sized or pint sized mason jars. I prefer wide mouth jars, but that’s just personal preference. Oh, and don’t feel the need to buy new. You can often thrift beautiful food safe jars to save money and add a little character.
- Tags/Labels – You’ll want to label the jar and include the step-by-step cooking instructions. You can do this a variety of ways. Print out the instructions that are included in the recipe and attached them to the jar. Or use these cute little labels or sticker tags to handwrite the instructions for a nice added touch.
- Dehydrator (Optional) – Now this one is totally optional, as you can typically find all of the ingredients at the grocery store. But if you’re wanting to use some of your homegrown ingredients and herbs in the soup mixes, you’ll need to break of the dehydrator to make them shelf stable.
20+ Easy to Make Mason Jar Soup Recipes
This delicious beef soup recipe is full of Italian seasoning, bouillon cube, peas, lentils and noodles to make a filling and nutritious meal. Includes the printable recipe card to attach to your gift jar!
Wholefully has done a wonderful job of compiling 6 delicious mason jar soup recipes. In this one post you’ll find a recipe for:
- Italian Barley Soup Mix
- Split Pea Soup Mix
- Coconut Curry Soup Mix
- Five-Bean Soup Mix
- Chicken Noodle Soup Mix
- Spicy Black Bean Soup Mix
Y’all this one is so good and packed with good for you ingredients. Include some optional add-ins on the recipe card, like coconut milk, to make a creamy curried lentil soup.
This is one of my favorite soup in a jar recipes. It makes a gorgeous gift that your close friends are sure to love. You’ll layer dried split peas, lentils, and pearl barley with seasonings like bay leaves and beef granules in a large mason jar. It includes the free printable tags as well!
Pasta fagioli is delicious with a warm slice of homemade bread. This jar recipe includes pinto beans, kidney beans, and white northern beans alongside pasta and spices. It is filling, warm, and delicious.
This recipe only needs a can of tomatoes and water added to it when ready to cook. This is perfect since most pantry’s have canned tomatoes in them.
Lentil soup is an all time favorite recipe in our house. It is just so cozy and the lentils are so filling. This recipe is also completely meatless, which makes it a wondeful gift for your vegetarian friends.
This chili in a jar mix is so good! You’ll include 1 cup of each type of bean along with spices. The included printable recipe card can be attached to your jar to let your recipient know they’ll need to add ground beef, tomatoes, and liquid.
You can also make up a batch of homemade Jiffy copycat cornbread dry mix to accompany your chili mix!
Here’s another mason jar idea that is made with lentils and split peas. The best of this recipe? The only additional ingredient needed is 7 cups of water and salt! It truly is a whole meal in a jar.
Who doesn’t love taco soup?! This recipe calls for freeze dried ground beef and corn, but don’t worry if you don’t have access to freeze dried goods. Make a note on the recipe card that meat and corn will need to be added. Or you could include canned versions of those items in your gift basket. However you assemble it, this soup base is still a winner.
I love that this recipe includes suggestions for gifting the chicken portion of this dish as well. This truly makes this recipe perfect for an easy dinner.
A super short ingredient list, but still a soup mix that packs a lot of flavor. This one is even good if you don’t include the chicken!
This recipe uses dried potato flakes and dried milk to create a shelf stable potato soup base. It can be eaten as is or add some potato chunks of cubed ham while cooking.
Another recipe with a short and simple ingredients list! This one also comes with a cute printable recipe card to attach to your mason jar.
This super simple soup mix that doesn’t require a lot of extra ingredients when it’s time to cook. By using dehydrated vegetables (homemade or from the grocery store), this soup in a jar is truly a complete meal.
Things to Include with Your Soup in a Jar Gift
While just the soup itself makes a perfect handmade gift, you could also consider including some of the additional ingredients!
If your recipe calls for canned tomatoes, include it with your soup mix. This can be homecanned tomatoes for an extra special touch, or just a can from the grocery for added convenience.
If you pressure can your own meat at home, you could also include that with your dry soup mix!
A simple loaf of homemade bread or a batch of beginner friendly dinner rolls also goes well with soup. Pack them up so that they’re freezer friendly and can be thawed out the same day the soup is cooked!
Aside from food gifts, a new soup pot, handmade kitchen towels or potholders make wonderful additions to these mason jar gift ideas.
Let me know what your favorite dry soup mixes are down below!