A SOUPER Valentine’s Day Gift for Teachers

I am always trying to come up with something thoughtful for teachers gifts since they work so hard. I also like to make things that don’t necessarily need to be eaten within a few days. They get enough of those types of gifts. A few years ago we did these Cookies in a Jar which I think went over well. Here is a Souper Valentine’s Day gift for teachers or neighbors.


This year I was looking through my Gifts in a Jar book I purchased even before I was married for ideas. Came up with bean soup with the theme of “SOUPER TEACHER”. Valentine’s Day is held in a colder month and who does not enjoy a nice cup of warm soup on a cold day.

I have also heard of people having a Souper Bowl Party and exchanging jars of soup, these would make a great party favors or you can swap mixes instead of prepared soups. These would also make great hostess gifts if you add a french loaf or a ladle.

When picking your recipe consider any dietary restrictions of your teacher, one of my child’s is a vegetarian so I purchased vegetable bullion instead of chicken.

Package the beans in a cellophane bag, I doubled them for protection, or in a cleaned out pickle or jelly jar. (If reusing a food jar, especially pickle, just be sure you put it in the dishwasher a few times!)

Make an attractive tag either on your computer, I use Avery.com and used a folding half card as a template.


I tried this one on Picnik.com  but it did not turn out the way I thought. You can not see the recipe.


Print, cut  out and staple them shut to the bag. If using a jar, you can just make a flat card shape and just tie it to the jar lid.

Back of label

Recipes to make soup mix:

Split Pea Soup in a Jar Recipe

  • 1 pound of green split peas
  • 1/4 cup red lentils
  • 1/4 cup yellow split peas (could not find so used 1/2 cup red)
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf

Combine all ingredients and place in a sealed container.

Lentil Soup Recipe

  • 2 cups dried lentils  ( I used both green and red)
  • 3 chicken Bouillon cubes, crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix all ingredients well in a bowl and place in well sealed container

Recipes to print on gift tag:

Split Pea Soup Recipe
  • 2 tablesppons vegeable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1 lb polish sausage sliced in rounds
  • or ham hock (optional)
  • 1 pkg split pea soup mix
  • 2 1/2 quarts of water
Heat the oil in a large stockpot. Add the onions, carrots, celery and meat if using. Saute intil the veggies are tender. Add the Split Pea Soup Mix and the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook over low for 2 to 3 hrs.
Lentil Soup Recipe
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1 pkg Lentil soup mix
  • 2 quarts of water
In a large stockpop add the Split Pea Soup Mix and the water and bring to a boil. Add the veggies. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook partially covered, over low for 2 hrs until lentils are soft.


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  1. That’s a great idea. And I never thought of the cellophane bags instead of jars. Because sometimes empty jars are hard to collect and/or take up so much space. I think I have a whole cookbook on gifts in a jar, but you usually have to find the right size jar. The bags you could adjust to the size you need.

  2. This is such a cute idea, and so useful! I love that its not traditional too! I think I might snag this idea!

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  3. This is a great idea! If I had a child in school, I would probably do this for their teacher.

  4. What a neat idea! I think many teachers would also appreciate the fact that it’s something healthy (in contrast to all the chocolate they might get …).

  5. As a teacher I would have loved this thoughtful gift!