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Friendship Soup Mix

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Share the gift of friendship with this delicious soup.




  • ½ cup dry split peas
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
  • ¼ cup pearl barley
  • ½ cup dry lentils
  • ¼ cup dry, minced onions
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup rice
  • ½ cup macaroni noodles


  • 1 container Friendship Soup Mix
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes



In a clean, quart-sized jar, layer all the ingredients except the macaroni. Place the macaroni in a sandwich bag and place it on top of the other ingredients. Cover the jar tightly with a lid, decorate it and attach a copy of the recipe.


Brown meat and drain. Place in a large pot and add the water and tomatoes. Add soup mix except macaroni. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for one hour. Add macaroni and continue cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes (until macaroni is done). For best flavor, use this mix within one year.

Note: To avoid overcooked pasta in leftovers, add the appropriate amount of macaroni to the portion being served.

Dietary and Nutrition


Give the gift of friendship. This soup makes the perfect gift and it is nutritional as well! It contains split peas which are a pulse food. Pulses provide protein, dietary fiber and many vitamins and minerals. As a result of their nutritional properties, the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends more frequent consumption of lentils, dry peas and beans.

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This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.