Get Well Soon Soup

I feel like there's a small town tradition, a friendly tradition, that says you should bring something nice over to your friend's/aunt's/neighbor's house and simply say, "Here you go!" that our generation has forgotten. I don't remember it happening too often as a child, if ever, and I wish it had. There were some moments when one of my mom's good friends would show up at our door with a coffee cake; my mom would stop her work for a couple of hours and sip on a mug of coffee, chatting about who knows what. It was always nice to see and to also nab a slice of cake for myself. We definitely lost that friendly charm of a small town when we moved to Houston. Now that we live in a small community again, we've had the opportunity to experience the neighborly gift giving, but this time we want to be better about it. It's such a nice thing to show up on someone's doorstep and offer them a tray of cinnamon rolls! We've gifted a few sets here and there, and the recipients are always so surprised. It's kind of disheartening knowing that this little slice of kindness doesn't happen more often!

Have I convinced you to gift something sweet and simple to your neighbor? Ha! Know anybody that's feeling under the weather? I've put together a super simple dry soup recipe that fits right in a mason jar for you to gift to someone you know who may need a pick me up. This recipe is really easy to make, and you can go as far out with it as you want. I decided that I would enjoy gifting it with a new towel, a small loaf of homemade bread, and the extra vegetables that need to be added. Wouldn't that be wonderful to receive?

INGREDIENTS (to fit in an 18 oz jar) // 

  • 1/4 cup lentils
  • 1/4 split green peas
  • 1/4 cup black barley
  • 1/3 cup powdered chicken or beef broth
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 3 tbsp onion flakes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 cup pasta (elbow, mini shells, etc.)

INSTRUCTIONS // 

  • In a clean, 18 oz mason jar, fill up with the ingredients in the order that they are listed. I used vegetable pasta because I thought it looked prettiest! You can use any container that you like, just make sure that it has an airtight seal.
  • On a small card, fill out the following instructions for the soup recipient...
  1. Fill a large pot with 8 cups of water, pour in soup mix. Add a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, 2-3 carrots, and 4 small potatoes. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 1 hour.
  • If you like, you could bake them a loaf of bread to accompany the soup. I chose to use our Colonial Common Bread recipe because you can bake it in a small vessel, like the ramekin pictured above - a perfect single serving. 
  • I also included one of our flour sack towels. It made a nice touch! You can shop from a variety of towels here.

I ended up having enough left over ingredients to make a pot for ourselves. It was really tasty! I was a bit surprised how yummy it turned out. This could be a ready-made soup to store in your pantry for a lazy day. I am excited to bring this mix over our friend's house who is feeling under the weather. I hope it brightens her day! I'll be placing the soup mix, bread, towel, and vegetables in a little basket.
Have you ever received a surprise gift from a neighbor or gifted one? Would love to hear all about it!

xoxo Kayla