How to Make a Healthy Make-Ahead Noodle Soup Mix in a Jar
Learn how to create a Make Ahead Noodle Soup Mix in a Jar using a shelf-stable pantry staple recipe.
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A Healthy Homemade Dried Soup Mix
Sometimes when you want to get dinner on the table quickly, it can be easy to reach in your pantry to grab a dried soup mix that you purchased from the grocery store. You can dump the soup mix contents into a pot, add water, and get dinner ready from the stovetop in just a few minutes. But like so many things that come prepackaged, there are often all sorts of ingredients in the dried soup mix we really don’t want in our traditional foods kitchens.
Did you know that you can gather the ingredients for a copycat dried soup together in minutes, store the mix in a jar, and place the jar on your pantry shelf so that it’s waiting and ready for anytime you want to make soup? Well, you can! And I show you how in my recipe video.
In my printable recipe, I show you that all it takes is a bit of pasta, some dried veggies, a few seasonings, bouillon powder, and you’re done. (And as I show you in the next section, using homemade bouillon powder is the best!)
Homemade Bouillon Powder
The nice feature about making your own Make Ahead Soup Mix is that you can control all the ingredients—even the bouillon powder. Many store-bought bouillon powders are loaded with ingredients I can’t pronounce, and most of us don’t want in our traditional foods kitchens.
But good news! It’s so easy to make these homemade bouillon powders:
- Chicken Bouillon Powder
- Note: You can make Turkey Bouillon Powder with the same process.
- Beef Bouillon Powder
- Vegetable Bouillon Powder
And you don’t need any special equipment. You can make these bouillon powders right in your oven. Be sure to watch the following videos for step-by-step instructions.
When you are ready to make soup, just boil up some water, add the jar’s contents, and your dinner will be ready in about 10 minutes.
Have some leftover cooked chicken? Go ahead and throw it in. Or clean out your crisper and throw in a few extra veggies. Add whatever “extras” you want, but the bulk of the work is done for you. Basically, all you have to do is boil the water!
How to Store Your Make Ahead Soup Mix
Your Make Ahead Noodle Soup Mix should last about six months in your pantry, and you can store your mix in a jar with an airtight lid. If you live in a very damp climate, including a food-safe Silica Gel Pack in the jar will help keep out moisture.
To learn more about the various options for how best to store food in both your Working Pantry and your Extended Pantry—your Prepper Pantry—check out the following videos.
To discover the homemade foods that you can make and the products that you can buy for your Four Corners Pantry, be sure to download my free 36-page traditional foods pantry list.
More Make Ahead Recipes
And if you’re ready to stock your pantry with more Make Ahead Mixes, the following videos will cover all your needs from cream of soup to coffee creamers:
- Cream of Soup Mix
- Gravy Mix
- 5 Healthy Make Ahead Mixes (pancakes, brownies, cornbread, biscuits, and a Bisquick copycat mix)
- 5 Cookie Mixes
- 3 Cake Mixes
- Muffin Mix with Crumb Topping
- Hot Chocolate Mix
- Powdered Coffee Creamer
- Powdered KETO Coffee Creamer
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Make Ahead Noodle Soup Mix in a Jar
- Wide mouth quart-sized jar with lid
Ingredients Needed for Make Ahead Noodle Soup Mix
- 1 pound Thin spaghetti You can substitute other pasta or egg noodles. For larger shaped pastas or noodles, you will need approximately two cups as opposed to one pound.
- 1/2 cup Dehydrated vegetables If you do not have dehydrated vegetables, you can leave them out and add in fresh vegetables when you make the soup.
- 1 tsp Salt Omit if using store-bought bouillon powder. (See below.)
- 1/4 tsp Black pepper
- 1/4 tsp Red pepper flakes, optional
- 1/4 cup Bouillon powder, preferably homemade You can use any bouillon powder: chicken, turkey, beef, or vegetable. If using store-bought bouillon powder, omit salt.
Ingredients Need for Using Make Ahead Noodle Soup Mix to Make Soup
- 1 Quart Jar Make Ahead Noodle Soup Mix
- 4 Quarts Water
- Cooked chicken, optional You can substitute another cooked meat for cooked chicken.
- Cooked vegetables, optional
- Raw vegetables, chopped into bite-sized pieces, optional
How to Prepare Make Ahead Noodle Soup Mix
- Add all ingredients into a quart-sized jar, either mixed together or layered, and put the lid on the jar. (See video.)
- This Make Ahead Noodle Soup Mix should have a shelf life of approximately six months unrefrigerated.
How to Make Soup using the Make Ahead Noodle Soup Mix
- Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large stockpot and empty the contents of the jar containing the Make Ahead Noodle Soup Mix into the boiling water.
- Return the water to a boil, turn the heat down to a medium simmer, and allow the soup to simmer for 10 minutes.
- If adding raw vegetables, add them to the soup pot at the same time you add the soup mix.
- If using cooked meats or cooked vegetables, add them to the stockpot for the last two minutes of cooking time to allow them to warm through.
- You can store leftovers in the refrigerator, sealed well, for 2-3 days, and then rewarm in a saucepan on the stovetop.
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- Natural Bouillon Powder
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