Amish Friendship Soup

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1-2 hours


  • ½ cup dry split peas, sorted and rinsed
  • ½ cup dried lentils, sorted and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
  • ¼ cup pearl barley
  • ¼ cup dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup small pasta, ditalini or tubetti
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced
  • tomatoes, undrained


  1. In a 1½ pint jar, layer the first seven ingredients in the order listed. Seal.
  2. If you’re giving this to someone as a gift, print or write out the remaining recipe instructions and attach to the jar. And you’re done! If you’re preparing this recipe yourself, follow the
    remaining instructions.
  3. Remove pasta from the top of jar to be used later.
  4. In a large pot, brown ground beef and drain.
  5. Return cooked ground beef to the pot, add the water, tomatoes, and the remaining soup ingredients except the pasta.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  7. Add pasta and simmer for 20–25 minutes or until pasta, peas, lentils and barley are tender.

Feel free to add other vegetables such as carrots, celery, onions to the soup.

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