Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins

My favorite. My mother gave me this recipe in 1998 when I left home. I missed the home cooked soup that she made all growing up and asked her for the recipe. She made it and wrote it down for me. I am sorry for those that think it came from a 1999 book; isn't it great how a recipe is recycled and recycled over time everyone will have the same thing their grandparents ate and think it is cool. Have fun with this recipe and use different beans, veggies, and amounts. It is fun to play with!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown beef, then drain.
  2. Add water, tomatoes and soup mix; bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Add the reserved macaroni; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until macaroni, peas, lentils and barley are tender.
Most Helpful

5 5

I found this recipe somewhere else but this one is exactly the same, minus the instructions on giving as gift. We cook this in a stock pot and it is my absolute favorite soup (this coming from a girl that use to ONLY eat chicken noodles soup that contained nothing but chicken and noodles!) LOVE this soup and it's healthiness!

4 5

This mix makes a great homemade gift and looks so nice with the different layers in the jar. I have given it to many of my children's teachers and neighbors, etc. over the years. Thanks for posting!

4 5

This 1999 Taste of Home cookbook recipe is terrific to layer in jars and give (with instructions) as gifts to new neighbors or sell at church fundraisers, etc...The yield is actually 16 (one cup) servings or 4 quarts per batch when cooked...The diabetic exchanges are 1½ starch, 1 meat...