While I do not know the original source of this Friendship Soup recipe, I was able to pick it up at a MOPS [Moms of Pre-Schoolers] group meeting yesterday. It is intended to be made up as a holiday gift in a jar. Each person was able to take home some of the ingredients… later to add more ingredients and to cook up the soup.
I hope to try this soon and may give some of these away as gifts for Christmas. River Run may make this soup for one of our free community fellowship meals, having enough ingredients for folks to take home some to make the soup for later. Enjoy.
Here are the ingredients and directions.
• ½ cup dry split peas
• 1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
• ¼ cup pearl barley
• ½ cup lentils
• ¼ dry onion flakes
• 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasonings
• ½ cup uncooked long-grain white rice
• 2 bay leaves
• ½ cup uncooked alphabet pasta
In a 1 ½ pint jar (or Ziploc bag), layer the split peas, bouillon, barley, lentils, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, rice, and bay leaves. Wrap the pasta (or place in another Ziploc bag) and place in the jar. Seal tightly.
1 pound of ground beef, black pepper to taste, garlic powder to taste, 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes – undrained, 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste, and 3 quarts water. TO PREPARE SOUP: Remove pasta from top of jar and set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, brown beef with pepper and garlic; drain excess fat. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and soup mix. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the pasta, cover, and simmer 15-20 minutes, or until pasta, peas, lentils, and barley are tender.