Our most popular post ever… Soup in a Jar

We’ve made it… it’s the final week before Christmas.  If you’re like me, you’re done-ish with Christmas shopping, and you’re close to being done-ish with your wrapping.  The kids are amped up:  there are team parties, dance studio parties, preschool parties, and family parties. And you, my friend… you need an easy dinner.

And guess what.  If you make a bunch of these this weekend, you’ve got gifts for co-workers, new moms, overwhelmed moms, college students, stay-at-home dads, grandmas.  You’ll be super popular.  You’re welcome.

Here’s the how-to:

Line up a bunch of ½ pint mason jars on your kitchen counter.  Then layer in the dry ingredients.  That’s it.  You could tie a little plaid ribbon around the jar or something like that.  Heck, you could tie a cute vintage spoon with it.  I just thought of that, how cute would that be?!  When you or the recipient of these cute little jars are ready to cook, just add a can of diced tomatoes, 1 lb of cooked meat (I prefer sausage, of course), and 6 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and have a Cool Yule.


Soup in a Jar


1/4 cup split peas

1/8 cup chicken bullion

1/8 cup pearl barley

1/4 cup dry lentils (I used pretty red, but any color will do)

1/8 cup onion flakes

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 cup white rice

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes

6 cups water

1/2  – 1 lb cooked meat (I used Hillshire Farms sausage for extra flavor but I bet chicken would be delicious, too.)


  1. If making jars ahead of time, layer all dry ingredients in half-pint mason jar.
  2. When ready to cook, combine all ingredients in a stock pot.  Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Our most popular post ever… Soup in a Jar

    1. I think she meant to add just the dry ingredients to the pint jar in layers.
      The tomatoes, water and meat were added to the pot when you were to cook it all together.

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