Cheddar Vegetable Soup in a Jar Recipe | Fantastic Gift Idea

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I’m always looking for simple and delicious gift ideas. Not only during the Holiday’s but year round. This recipe is perfect for New Baby / Parent gifts, instead of flowers send them an easy meal. Trust me the New Mom will thank you! You can give theses to college students for quick meals! Welcome to the neighborhood, since your still unpacking here is an easy meal. You get the idea. EASY MEAL! This is also a great project to do with children.

I was recently invited to a Target event where I got to try lots great food but my favorite thing was this Soup in a jar recipe. I can’t wait to share these with my friends.

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Here is what you will need!

2- 1/1 or 3-cup Jar (Fancy Blue Mason Jars would love so cute)
1 Box Archer Farms Cheddar Broccoli Soup Mix
1 cop Archer Farms Freeze Dried Vegetables, such as Corn, Peas, or Salted Mukimame
1/2 Cup Archer Farms Ditalini Organic Pasta


  1. Pour soup mix from the package into the jar. For mess-free pouring use a funnel or roll up a sheet of sturdy paper to create a funnel. Pack down soup mix using a spoon or the edge of a small measuring cup.
  2. Spoon vegetables into the jar. Repeat with the pasta.
  3. Close Jar tightly with lid.
  4. Decorate the jar however you like! Pretty fabric or ribbons.
  5. Make a Directions label for you recipient so they know how to prepare the soup once they get it home. (Use the following directions)

Cheddar Vegetable Soup

    1. Stir contents of jar and 5 cups of water in a large saucepan until dissolved.
    2. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta and broccoli are tender. Garnish with shredded Cheddar Cheese or Cayenne Pepper, if desired. 

Makes about 4 servings

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Some tips to follow while you’re making your jars.

  • Use a combination of vegetables to add some great color to your layers.
  • Flatten each layer before adding the next. This is when little hands come in handy.
  • Use a pasty brush to brush the sides on the jar clean between layers.
  • Fill any headspace at the top of the jar with vegetables to prevent the contents from shifting.
  • Remember your directions card! Note that it calls for an extra cup of water (compared to the soup package) this is to rehydrate the vegetables and pasta.


This post was brought to you by Target, they gave me the recipe to share with you. Photos courtesy of Jeff Roffman Photography. We had a fantastic time making these!

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  1. I love this idea! I wanted to do something like this for Christmas, but I figured I’d have to find someplace to buy powdered cheese, powdered broth, freeze-dried veggies. I never thought to use a soup mix and then add extra pasta, veggies, etc.–so much easier!


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