Living Frugal | Mason Jar Soup Recipe

I have to admit, years ago I received one of these “soups in jar” as a gift and I was completely elated. They are a quick and easy one pot dinner or lunch, and you can store the jars in the cupboard for months until you’re ready to use them. There are many different versions of these mason jar soup recipes, and if you’re living frugal they are really a thoughtful gift to make for anyone as well as easy on the bank account. I bought all of my ingredients at a bulk food supply store, so I was able to make 5 jars of soup mixes for under $20, and you can reuse the jars ! If that’s not shopping smart, I don’t know what is..

I decided to stick with a traditional mason jar soup recipe that most people enjoy, and that’s the classic chicken noodle. Below are the ingredients for the mason jar assembly, and also the add in’s that the gift receiver will have to put in to complete the recipe. You can even make a cute little card to tie on the jar with the directions and add-ins to make it extra special!

You Will Need:

To Assemble the Mason Jar :

  • 1 tbsp. dried chopped onions
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp. dried minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1-2 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 cups egg noodles

Layer your jar however you would like, but it’s best to put the noodles last so the seasonings stay layered together on the bottom.

Preparation:

To make the Soup You Will Need:

  • Olive Oil or Butter
  • 1-2 Carrots Diced
  • 1/2 a small onion (optional)
  • 1-2 Stalks of Celery Diced
  • 8-10 Cups of Water
  • 1-2 Cups of Cooked shredded or diced chicken

In a large soup pot, heat your oil of choice and add in carrots, celery and fresh onion. Sauté the vegetables on medium heat until onions are translucent or the veggies are slightly fork tender on the outside. Dump in the contents of the jar and stir around, sauté for another minute. Pour in the water and let the soup lightly boil until the noodles are cooked through. Add in your cooked chicken, remove from heat and enjoy! (Be sure to remove the bay leaves before eating.)

Healthy Add-Ins :

  • Try adding the zest and juice of a lemon, and let the entire lemon cook in with the soup until its done.
  • 1-2 inches of fresh grated ginger.
  • 1-2 tsp. of ground dried Turmeric

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