Hearty Amish-Inspired Friendship Soup

This soup recipe is the perfect one for giving. You can add all of the dry ingredients to a mason jar, attach a card with the directions, and pass them out to all of your friends. It’s an excellent option when you are looking to cheer someone up who is sad or make someone feel better that is sick. I like to give it away during the holidays too because it is a huge time saver! Check out what they are saying about this recipe over at Recipe Lion:

“This is a super recipe to make ahead and store for those nights when it just has to be soup!”

There’s nothing better for busy moms and dads than opening up the freezer to find a homemade meal ready to go!



1/2 cup dry split peas, sorted and rinsed

1/2 cup dried lentils, sorted and rinsed

1/3 cup beef bouillon granules

1/4 cup pearl barley

1/4 cup dried minced onion

2 teaspoons McCormick’s Italian seasoning

1 cup small pasta

1 pound ground beef

3 quarts water

1 (28-ounce) can Hunt’s diced tomatoes




In a 1 1/2 pint jar, layer the first seven ingredients in order listed and seal.

Remove pasta from the top of the jar to be used later.

In a large pot, brown ground beef and drain.

Return cooked ground beef to the pot, add the water, tomatoes, and the remaining soup ingredients except the pasta.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add pasta and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until pasta, peas, lentils, and barley are tender.




Quick Tip: Add in veggies like carrots, celery, or onions.

Thanks again to Recipe Lion for this classic and delicious.


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