6/3/12-Very easy to put together. I couldn't fine alphabet pasta so subbed little star-shaped pasta instead. Will report back after making some of the soup. Made for My 3 Chefs game. UPDATE 6/5/12-One cup of mix makes plenty of soup for two. It is a bit thick though, and I added another cup of water to thin it out a bit. It also took about 90 minutes for the peas and barley to cook. But overall, a great mix.