Hearty Bean Soup Mix

Today is a very exciting day for me, since I’ll be presenting this soup mix in a cooking segment on a local news station here in Austin called KXAN. I’m beyond thrilled and very thankful to have this opportunity, and I cannot wait to just get up there and start talking about good food! Which is, of course, my favorite subject.

Bean Soup Mix

While I’m chatting up a news anchor about this tasty recipe for homemade bean soup mix, though, I’ll also be making it! The above ingredients are pretty enough layered in a jar, but the deliciousness of the soup they make is even better than its eye appeal. Just combine the jar’s contents with ground beef or chopped chuck roast, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and water for a surprisingly simple and comforting meal!

Homemade Soup Mix

As a holiday gift to a special friend, neighbor, teacher or family member, this bean soup mix will warm the recipient’s heart and their tummy. Tie a pretty ribbon around the jar and attach a tag with instructions on how to make the soup, and send it off to that lucky lover of warm winter meals. They will have so much fun making it in their own home, and even more fun if you’re close enough to make it with them!

Update: Here’s the video from my cooking segment on Austin’s KXAN news…

Hearty Bean Soup Mix


  • 1/4 cup beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup green split peas
  • 1/4 cup pearled barley
  • 1/4 cup dry lentils
  • 1/3 cup red kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup uncooked small dry pasta


  • In a standard Mason jar, layer the bouillon, split peas, pearled barley, lentils, kidney beans, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, rice, bay leaves and pasta. Seal tightly.
  • To give as a gift, attach a small card with the following instructions…

To make the soup:

  • Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef or chuck roast, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 quarts water
  • 1 batch dry soup mix
  • Directions
  • Pat dry the ground beef or chopped chuck roast, then coat with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook until no longer pink, 5-6 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and soup mix. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, or until the pasta, peas, lentils, beans and barley are tender.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. I love that this is a mix of something different, not the usual cookie or cake mix. And the fact that it’s a hearty bean soup makes it even better! Thanks for the great gift idea :)

  2. What a great gift idea – and, a change of pace from the old tin of cookies. Love this! Good luck on your guest appearance today!

  3. Thank you so much for posting this! I saw some of these in the store a while back and wanted to make some for gifts (because the ones in the store were like $15.00 of a container!) I forgot all about it! HUGS!

  4. How fun, good luck on your performance today!
    I love these jars – great to give as presents!

  5. I absolutely LOVE this idea…thank you for posting!

  6. This is a totally brilliant idea! Wish I had seen these sooner to give as holiday gifts.

  7. Lovely soup. Congratulations and good luck with your TV spot!

  8. Congratulations on your success! This idea is wonderful, especially for friends who always say things like “Oh, I could never make that.” Now they can!

  9. Aww how exciting, you did an amazing job!!! What a great idea to host cooking classes!! :)

  10. This looks simply delicious and so healthy!

  11. You did great on the cooking segment! How fun :) You are a pro girl!

  12. About what size jar did you use? I’m pretty sure the jars I picked out are too big and I’d hate to have lots of extra space or change up the recipe too much. It looks great! :)

  13. I used a standard size Mason jar, about 24 oz. or 2 1/2 cups capacity. A Classico pasta sauce jar is a good size!

  14. Thanks so much for your quick response! I made three yesterday and I know they’ll be a hit! :) I love your blog!

  15. your famous! Just watched your video, you are a natural.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Quick cooking barley or regular? Adorable and likely delicious!

  17. Love this! Do you think the soup would still be delicious with a different protein like chicken?

  18. Yes, definitely use chicken if that appeals to you more!

  19. Love this gift idea! I’ll bet it tastes just as awesome as it looks. http://www.tampabayfreebies.com/

  20. I just made some jars to give as Christmas gifts. I kept one for myself so I could try it- and it was really good! I let it simmer for about 2 hours and the beans were still a little hard, so I’ll let it go longer next time. I actually split the recipe into two 16oz jars (and added a little extra pasta to fill the jar all the way) so people could make them in smaller batches. I used 1/2# of ground beef but used a whole jar of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. I used 5 cups of water. It turned out awesome! I’m so excited to give these as gifts. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  21. What kind of soup mix do you use? Would it work to just add that into the jar?

  22. Sorry, I don’t understand your question. The ingredients in the recipe make up the soup mix – I don’t use a store bought mix.

  23. That makes more sense. The recipe for gift giving has ‘one batch dry soup mix’ as the last ingredient.
    It was late and I couldn’t sleep when I found this and it didn’t make sense to me why you’d add store mix. But that’s your verbiage for add the jar.

    {face palm}

  24. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing but I’m curious how it all cooks at the same time? Don’t you have to soak dry beans and wouldn’t the noodles get soggy after an hour?

  25. Should the bay leaves be left whole or crumbled up?

  26. The leaves should remain whole.

  27. I was wondering about the beans having to soak

  28. I was also wondering about the beans having to soak. is there any issues with that?

  29. I’ve never found it to be an issue. All of the dry peas, lentils, beans, barley and pasta are tender after the 1-hour cooking time.

  30. What size mason jar did you use?

  31. I used a standard size Mason jar, about 24 oz. or 2 1/2 cups capacity.

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  33. Hi! What did you use for your beef granules? Everything I see is more powder based. Is this the same as beef boullion?

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