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Friendship Bean Soup Mix Jar Gift: A Healthy Gift for Teachers

I don’t know about you, but nothing fills me more with anxiety than trying to figure out an awesome Christmas gift for my daughters’ teachers. How can I possibly give them a healthy gift that truly reflects how thankful I am for the wonderful care they give my girls that’s also affordable? With three daughters’ who each have two teachers (they’re in French Immersion so they all have both an English teacher and a French teacher) plus their 6 before and after-school care providers, 12 teacher gifts can quickly become expensive!

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Friendship Bean Soup in a Jar - a healthy gift for teachers via @fitcheerldr #jargift #masonjar #mealprep #teachergift

This is why this year I decided to make the teachers something special, affordable (and healthy) Friendship Bean Soup Mix:

The girls and I had an absolute blast making these!  We started off by using canva.com to design the recipe cards – the girls really enjoyed learning basic graphic design and photo editing skills, and were very helpful in choosing the layout for the recipe cards.

Click HERE for the printable recipe card.

Printable Recipe card for Friendship Bean Soup Mix in a Jar

Friendship Bean Soup Mason Jar Gift - There is no need to be a Martha Stewart or a Julia Child to make this easy and thoughtful DIY gift in jar, simply purchase the ingredients, add them to the jar, and voila! You’ve got a hearty, tasty soup that any friend or teacher is sure to appreciate. #teachergift #jargift #soupmix #cheapchristmasgift
Printable Recipe card for Friendship Bean Soup Mix in a Jar

We then took a trip to the Bulk Barn to pick up all of the food ingredients. (That store is my new BFF!). Normally I hate cooking because I can never find the spices I need – but Bulk Barn has everything!  If you ask the staff nicely they’ll even lend you some measuring cups so that you can measure out the precise amount you need of each ingredient:

Photo of a scoop of green lentils

The price was right too. I was able to buy all the dry goods I needed to make 12 jars of the soup mix for $17.49.

We then headed to Target Canada to buy the 1 pint Mason Jars ($7.99), bows ($2.10), ribbon ($2.10), small sandwich baggies ($3.49) and gift bags ($9.00).  

Grand total for all of our supplies = $45.38

I really like that this “craft” for lack of a better term, was well within my daughters’ skill levels.  I tried making the layered jar for chocolate chip cookies two years ago and that was a complete disaster – we had flour everywhere! (And Sierra wouldn’t stop eating the chocolate chips).

They all took their jobs very seriously! Though we still ended up with barley and lentils all over the floor *grin*.  All in all the girls greatly enjoyed their time with me, and are very proud to bring the gifts to school for their teachers!

And of course, we tried out the soup ourselves for our Sunday afternoon lunch – it turned out well and everyone asked for seconds!

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Friendship Bean Soup Mix in a Jar Recipe

Friendship Bean Soup Mix in a Jar Recipe

Friendship Bean Soup Mix in a Jar ~ Nothing says Mmmm Good like homemade soup! Make the Friendship Bean Soup mix ahead of time for a quick go-to dinner or give them out as gifts.


Jar Ingredients

  • ¼ cup white navy beans
  • ¼ cup kidney beans
  • ¼ cup green split peas
  • ¼ cup pinto beans
  • 2 tbs. pearl barley
  • 2 tbs. parsley
  • 2 tbs. minced dry onion
  • 1-2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup alphabet pasta, we used insect pasta
  • 1 pint jar
  • Stretchy ribbon
  • Sandwich bags
  • Single hole punch

Soup Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 can tomato soup


Mix Directions

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry a 1-pint canning jar.
  2. Place the macaroni in a plastic sandwich bag.
  3. Place the minced onion, parsley, basil leaves and beef bouillion in a plastic sandwich bag.
  4. Layer the ingredients as level as possible in this order: white navey beans, kidney beans, green split peas, pinto beans, pearl barley, bagged seasonings and bagged pasta.
  5. Secure the lid and decorate the jar as desired. Be sure to attach the recipe for making the soup!

Soup Directions

  1. Wash beans and allow to soak overnight. Drain.
  2. Add 6 cups of water to beans and allow to cook
  3. through.
  4. Add 1 can of tomato soup, pasta and seasonings.
  5. Let simmer another 20-30 min. Serve & enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 561mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 7gSugar: 13gProtein: 10g

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Long photo collage of friendship soup mix in a jar and a little girl holding the jar gift.


Thursday 26th of November 2020

I love that this is a savory Christmas gift idea! I have added it to our round-up, 30+ Ultimate DIY Christmas Teacher Gifts. You can view it here if you wish, https://www.diythought.com/30-ultimate-diy-christmas-teacher-gifts/ Thank-you, and have a great Christmas!

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Saturday 28th of November 2020

Great round up, thank you!


Sunday 6th of September 2020

In the pic it show u using two whole bay leaves. But the recipe said 1 tbsp of bay leave. Confused. Do u mean 1tbsp of ground bay leave or should I use 2 whole leaves

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Thanks for pointing out the descrepancy! Yes, it was 2 whole bay leaves, I have corrected the recipe card. The photo also incorrectly labelled the bay leaves as basil leaves. Although I made these jars a LONG time ago (the child in the photo is now 13), I distinctly remember that I used bay leaves.


Friday 20th of March 2020

For some reason I can t find the printable gift tag that is supposed to be included in this post for the Friendship Soup mix. Am I missing something, Can you tell me how to get it?

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Saturday 21st of March 2020

Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention! I had no idea that all of the images in this post were broken, I changed my site URL a few years ago and it seems that caused this. Here's the URL for the printable recipe cards: https://www.salads4lunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/FriendshipBeanSoupPrintableRecipeCards.pdf I've updated the post with the images and printable recipe card. I'm going to also email you directly because I don't know if my comment reply plugin is still working.

Karen Rose Stave

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

For the additional ingredients, what kind of tomato soup do you mean? Does Campbell's condensed tomato soup work? Or something else? Thank you!

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

Yes, because 6 cups of water are added, condensed tomato soup is perfect. Thanks for stopping by!

Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner

Sunday 10th of December 2017

This is a very fun and festive idea!

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